The 4 Stages of COVID-19 & How to Protect Yourself
We pride ourself as a cutting edge immune support supplementation company with significant experience and knowledge of the immune system, how it works, how it responds to viral infections, and how to help it operate at its best. Our team of chemists have over 40 years of formulation experience specifically for the benefit of the human immune system. That information now, more than ever, is shedding light on this recent pandemic and we wanted to share our approach to the COVID-19 with you.
Why is COVID-19 different?
The COVID-19 poses a very interesting challenge for the immune system; it not only is effective at evading the immune system, but can also misdirect or interfere with natural immune function leading to a delayed and/or overactive immune response. This article aims to educate about the COVID-19 as well as give you the knowledge and resources to arm yourself against it. We know the email is long, but it's worth reading.
The 4 Stages of COVID-19
Stage 1. Infection (Day 1-2) - The virus can spread from person to person within 6 feet through respiratory droplets when a person sneezes or coughs, as well as picked up off any surface by hands and transferred into the body through the mouth, nose or eyes. The infection builds in the body over a couple day or two before the host is contagious.
Stage 2. Viral Shedding (Day 3) - The infected host will most likely be contagious on the 3rd day even though they may not have any symptoms yet. The infected person can infect others from day 3 all the way to day 14, or until cured.
Stage 3. Symptoms Begin to Occur (Day 5-6) - It begins with mild symptoms at the back of the throat, such as dry cough, as well as shortness of breath, fever, and headache, muscle pains and tiredness, very similar to the flu. Some people also experience nausea and diarrhea, but this is less common. With a healthy immune system operating at its most efficient level, this is where the virus is usually destroyed by the body and the infection no longer progresses.
Stage 4. Respiratory Infection (Day 6-14) - If your immune system isn’t able to weaken and kill the virus up to this point the next progression is for the virus to move down into the respiratory tract. The lungs in particular are a major target of the virus, and a large percent of the severe cases as well as the critical cases are due to the virus progressing into the respiratory tract causing problems like bronchitis and pneumonia. The likely symptoms are shortness of breath combined with cough due to the fact the virus is attacking the thin layer of alveolar cells, which are the tiny air sacs in the lungs. The immune system kicks into gear and sends immune cells to the lung to fight off the infection which causes the linings of the lungs to become thicker than normal, essentially choking off the little air pockets needed to get oxygen to your blood. This essentially is a war between the host response (cytokine storm) and the virus. The corona virus is particularly good at causing the immune system to overreact causing the body to send an overabundance of inflammatory cytokines to fight the infection, further increasing inflammation, exacerbating the problems in the already badly compromised respiratory system. The result of this back and forth war can cause significant damage to the fragile air sacs in the lungs, causing respiratory damage which can leads to organ failure and possibly death.
How to Prepare your Immune System
1. The Right Resources: We know the immune response requires very specific resources and if your body is short on these resources, your chances of fighting off infection are dramatically decreased.
Selenium: There are large areas in China that have selenium deficiency in the soils. It was shown that viruses replicate much more rapidly in hosts that are selenium deficient, causing it to affect the hosts more quickly and severely and spread to others faster.
Vitamin D: Another example was found in Thailand, where a group of severely ill population was analyzed and the majority were deficient in Vitamin-D.
2. Early Detection: The primary traits of the COVID-19 are that it can evade early detection which delays the immune system's response as well as it triggering an overreaction of the immune system. As we mentioned earlier, one of the difficulties with COVID-19 are their ability to evade the immune system. Anything that can help improve the immune system’s early response and recognition can play a huge part in minimizing the severity of the infection.
Transfer Factor, sometimes called the Sialysable Leukocyte Extract (DLE), is an ancient part of the immune system and has been used in many cases of viral infection. In fact, it has been suggested that in cases of new and emerging pathogens, Transfer Factor could be used as a first response before any vaccine is available. Transfer Factor works in a way that is similar to a mother passing her immune system's intelligence to her child, transferring antigen-specific cel-mediated immunity (CMI) to T Lymphocytes. It helps immune cells identify invading germs and other problems more quickly and speeds the immune system’s response - weakening and killing viruses and pathogens before they have time to grow and strengthen.
3. Support a Healthy Response: This latest virus's most damaging attribute is its ability to overstimulate the immune system. When asked why some patients recover and why some patients take a turn for the worst, Stanley Perlman, a virologist and pediatric disease specialist at the University of Iowa, states "The virus matters, but the host response matters at least as much, and probably more.” For this reason, it is important to seek out immune-modulating ingredients that can help regulate the immune system and make it more efficient and responsive, but not overactive.
Beta-glucans, such as those found in Baker’s Yeast and Reishi Mushroom are a perfect example of this. In studies, beta-glucans have been shown to have strong anti-viral effects via production of nitric oxide and interferon gamma, an extremely important part of the immune process because it interrupts the viruses ability to replicate, significantly slowing down the virus’s damaging effects.
Manganese also enables the release of Interferon, and is also a powerful antioxidant.
Selenium is also particularly effective in ensuring the immune system doesn’t overreact to the viral infection.
Cordyceps Sinensis Mycelia has an impressive ability to improve Natural Killer Cell Activity, even in patients with altered immune function. It is also widely known for its usefulness in combatting respiratory disorders and improving oxygenation in times of stress.
4. Stock up on Antioxidants: During a viral infection, there is a lot of fallout. The fight between the virus and the immune system can result in healthy tissue getting damaged. It is important to make sure your body has an ample supply of antioxidants to help reduce damage to healthy tissue, especially in the respiratory tract.
Selenium encourages production of one of our body’s own natural antioxidant defense, glutathione.
Curcumin also encourages glutathione and is a potent anti-viral, and antioxidant.
Rhodiola Rosea is an adaptogen with anti-viral properties.
Olive leaf extract is another antioxidant with anti-viral properties that helps dull or block any attack, giving the body time to mount an effective defense.
Our best-selling Immune Support formula, Fortify, contains all of the ingredients mentioned above. It was designed for generally unhealthy and immune compromised individuals and is particularly effective at helping with inflammatory, gut, and respiratory-related illnesses - which is particularly relevant today!
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