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The coronavirus outbreak is rapidly evolving into the biggest global health crisis of the millennium. It’s understandable how the Coronavirus and its common symptoms which include fever, shortness of breath and chronic cough have impacted global health.

There are plenty of common-sense measures we can take to protect our families; there are also many natural health products that can strengthen our immune systems.

Watch for symptoms

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

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*Information from the article on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) from

Triple-A COVID-19 Defense

by Guillaume Landry, M.S, Naturopath

COVID-19 (the disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2) is a hot topic in the news and has created a lot of anxiety due to the rapid change in infection rates and mortality. And the numbers keep changing.

Our approach to managing this high degree of uncertainty is to focus on what we can control; we call it the “Triple-A Defense.”

1. Awareness 2. Avoidance 3. Action


COVID-19 is an illness caused by a coronavirus. These viruses are common and are typically associated with mild illness, similar to the common cold. Most patients with COVID-19 have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2–14 days after exposure.

Coronaviruses are spread from an infected person through:
  • Respiratory droplets from a cough or sneeze
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching something with the virus on it, then touching your eyes,
    nose or mouth before washing your hands


There is no vaccine or treatment to prevent coronaviruses. The good news is that most people with common coronavirus illness will recover on their own.

In the most severe cases, people with the virus can develop difficulty breathing and may ultimately experience organ failure. Sadly, some cases are fatal. Given its recency, it is difficult to estimate how fatal the virus is. On March 3, 2020, world health officials stated that globally, the mortality rate for those infected with COVID-19 is 3.4%, higher than previous estimates of about 2%. This is higher in older populations and people with weak immune systems. To give a perspective, according to the CDC, on average over the last 10 years, seasonal flu strains kill about 0.1% of people who become infected.

Two great sites to keep updated of the COVID-19 developments are:


COVID-19 is dangerous for people with a compromised immune system. Maintaining good health and a healthy immune system is always a good idea. Eating a well-balanced diet, getting plenty of sleep, staying physically active, and keeping stress levels in check can help do so. If you require additional support, these natural products can help.

  • Build your immune system with vitamin D. It plays a crucial role in activating T cells, the first line of defense of the immune system.

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  • Strengthen your gut flora with probiotics. A multistrain probiotic can effectively strengthen intestinal flora. The key is to release live active probiotics into the small intestine. Only refrigerated probiotics protected by an enteric coating can effectively do this.
  • Harness the antioxidant action of EGCG, the unique plant compound which serves as the driving force behind the antioxidant action of Green Tea.

green tea

  • Strengthen your immune system with therapeutic mushrooms. They produce various molecules which act on the immune system.


  • Vitamin C is a critical compound our bodies can’t produce. It also serves as building block for countless compounds while serving as a cornerstone antioxidant to support immune system function.

vitamin C

  • Use quercetin for the maintenance of good health. This antioxidant is strongly supported by research in Canada and China as reported by MacLean’s, CBC, and Radio-Canada.
  • Maintain a healthy immune system with astragalus. It is used in herbal medicine. It has many purported health benefits, including immune-boosting.



If you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care immediately. Calling in advance may allow your health-care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. Wearing a medical mask will help stop you from spreading viruses and other infections.

Stay home if you feel unwell. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Get empowered, minimize your risk, implement your own “Triple-A Defense.”

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