At the Ocular Wellness and Nutrition Society,1 we teach our members how to build a firewall of immune protection for patients, eyecare providers, and their families.
Humans have lived and survived severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS, 2004), avian flu (2008), swine flu (2010), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS, 2012), Ebola (2014), Zika (2016), and Ebola part deux (2018). Now COVID-19 is the new challenge.
Each flu season, tens of thousands die, especially those with pre-existing health challenges (smoking, obesity, diabetes, cancer, and more.) Yet as of this writing, we have seen only 302 U.S. coronavirus deaths.
For the United States, there remains an “unknown denominator” because reliable testing kits were largely unavailable during the first 4 months of the COVID-19 outbreak. That is, a small percentage Americans, thus far, have been tested for the pathogen.2 Regardless of the potential for increased virulence, resistance and proliferation of this virus, following government recommendations for social distancing and hygiene will of course buy us time and “flatten the curve.” However, optimizing the immune system by reducing fear and stress, and improving lifestyle while optimizing nutrition is more important than ever.
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