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YOUR HEALTH

Coronavirus – COVID19

What is Coronavirus?

How does it spread?

How is their mechanism of action into our body?

How to prevent it from happening?

The new coronavirus, first called 2019-nCoV and now known officially as COVID19, belongs to the family of coronavirus, which owe the name to crown-like spikes on their surface. Most described coronavirus are found in birds or mammals, particularly bats.  

The main route of transmission is mainly by air, through small droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is also probably transmitted through close contact with body fluids of infected people. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby, or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. 

Viral Structure

Coronaviruses are medium-sized enveloped positive-stranded RNA viruses. Its name derives from their characteristic crown-like appearance. These viruses have the largest known viral RNA genomes. The host-derived membrane is studded with glycoprotein spikes and surrounds the genome. 

Coronavirus’ Journey Into Your Body

1. Coronavirus enters the body

  • Vitamin C, Beta Glucan and Probiotics play an important role here when the virus enter our body.
  • The immune system activates.
  • The immune cells will destroy the virus and prevent them from replicate.
  • Enough Vitamin C in our body helps to protect the immune cells from infection and enhance the body defense.

2. Receptor recognized by the cell

3. Unlocked and enters the cell

4. Meet the core of the cell

5. Release RNA

6. Leverage on our cell to replicate

7. Cell death

8. More corona viruses released

3 Ways To Prevent All These From Happening

1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

*If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 75% alcohol (effectively kill most of the viruses). Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

2. Wear a face mask

  • Choose a suitable face mask that can reduce the spread of viruses, germs and bacteria such as 3 ply face mask or N95.
  • If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly.

How to wear?

  • The coloured side of the mask faces outwards, with the metallic strip uppermost.
  • The mask covers the nose, mouth and chin.
  • The importance to wear face mask correctly is to prevent infections transmitted by respiratory droplets (from cough, sneeze or talk) or limit the spread of the germs.

How to dispose?

  • Disposable face mask should be used once.
  • Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching the front of the mask because it is contaminated.
  • Remove the mask and throw in the trash.
  • Wash hand immediately after disposing of the mask.
  • It is important to dispose it correctly as used face masks may carry germs involving the coronavirus.

3. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. Common household cleaning products that can also kill the virus , including products containing:

  • chlorine
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • detergents (soap)
  • iodophors (iodine-based antiseptics)
  • alcohols

4. Take supplements to boost immunity:

Vitamin C

  • Prolongs immune protection by protecting the immune cells from oxidative stress.

Beta Glucan

  • Speed up immune response.
  • Makes the immune cells recognise and destroy the virus faster.
  • This fast action prevents viral infection and replication in our body.

Probiotics

  • Activate the immune system to fight against the invading virus.
  • Stimulate the production of pro-immunity chemicals in the gut cells.