My Thoughts and Advice on the Coronavirus

Many of my patients have been calling and asking me a lot of questions about the corona virus. I would like to provide you with some important information to help alleviate any fears and to help you to get prepared. In early December when the coronavirus was first brought to the public’s attention I started researching its effects. Because our government has been downplaying the seriousness of the situation many people are going to be caught unprepared. I want to share with you some facts about this virus so you will have the best chance of keeping yourself and those you care about safe.

COVID-19 stands for Corona Virus Disease 2019.  For most people COVID-19 only causes mild illness, but it can make some people very ill, and sometimes the infection can be fatal. People over 60, and those with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart problems, lung problems, or diabetes) appear to be the most vulnerable.

I have heard COVID-19 being compared to the flu, however there is one major difference you need to be aware of. This virus is a novel  virus meaning it has never been identified in humans before. This means that nobody on the planet has any immunity to this virus. This is why it is going to spread like a wildfire. It has been estimated by epidemiologists that up to 70% of the entire world’s population will become infected with this virus.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, cough, and shortness of breath. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, and a sore throat. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. There is no known treatment at this time and antibiotics do not work on viruses.

A new study suggests the virus may have mutated at least once, meaning there are two different types of the virus causing illness. The study found that the “L” type is more aggressive and the “S” type is less aggressive. This means that it is actually possible to get both types of the virus at different times. If you have had the virus and recovered you will still need to take precautions so you do not get the other type.

If you become infected and you are under 60 with no major health conditions you will likely get through this just fine.  Some people may be hit a little harder than others depending on which type they get, and you may need a week or two in bed to recover. Remember that you can be contagious for up to two weeks before you feel any symptoms, and up to four weeks after you recover. One of your biggest concerns if you become infected needs to be making sure you do not expose anyone to this virus who is over 60 or immune-compromised.  Approximately 80% of the people who get this virus will recover without any treatment, but the older you are the more lethal this virus becomes.

Unlike the flu this virus has had very little effect on children. This virus primarily affects the lungs, and children seem to get through it with little or no symptoms. Many children will test positive for the virus even though they have no symptoms. They will be very contagious to others for about six to eight weeks. People who are over 60 and have any type of lung issues need be especially cautious  around children.

It is very important to know that for a large percentage of people over 70 the virus frequently causes pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), in which fluid builds up in the small air sacs of the lungs. Without immediate medical intervention, these people will likely not survive. If you have the virus and start experiencing difficulty breathing this is the time to go to the emergency room or to call an ambulance.

The single most important thing you can do to avoid becoming infected is to constantly wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after touching any surface where infected people could possibly have been. This includes all public places, doctor’s offices, hospitals, and your home if someone in your family is infected.

There will probably come a time when the virus reaches a peak in your area and your local or state government may ask people to stay away from public places. This is to help slow down the spread of the virus so that hospitals and first responders do not become overwhelmed beyond their capacity. Many schools will likely close for the remainder of the school year. After the virus reaches its peak cases will begin to slow down dramatically.

In case it becomes necessary to stay home you will want to have your medications filled in advance. You will want to have on hand any over- the- counter medications you may need if you do contract the virus like pain relievers, fever reducers, and cough syrup. You will also want to have extra tissues, toilet paper, toothpaste, supplements, pet food, etc… It is also helpful to have rubbing alcohol (60% or greater), hydrogen peroxide, aloe vera, and tea tree or lavender oil on hand for making disinfectant spray, wipes, and hand sanitizer.

Unlike a natural disaster, you do not need to prepare for power outages or water shortages. You will, however, need to prepare for not going to the grocery store for a period of time, so you will need to have food you can prepare at home. Stocking up on frozen foods is a good idea. You do not want to eat out or have food delivered even if that is an option because the people preparing that food may be contagious.

Because your biggest exposure comes from touching contaminated surfaces you will want to have plenty of hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and disinfectant spray on hand. Use hand sanitizer after touching any surface in a public place. If someone in your house has been in public, or already has the virus, spray down or wipe all surfaces with disinfectant repeatedly. If you run out of disinfectant spray, wipes, or hand sanitizer click here for a recipe you can easily make at home.

The CDC is advising that wearing a mask is only helpful if you are already infected so that you don’t infect others. However, if you are not infected and you absolutely have to go into a public place wearing the correct type of mask properly will provide you with some protection. Click here for more information about masks. 

If you do begin to experience symptoms and your temperature goes above 100.4 the CDC is asking people to call their doctor’s office and get tested for the virus. It is important that they keep track of how many people are infected. For the safety of others, it is important that you do not just show up to your doctor’s office or the emergency room without calling ahead first to let them know that you suspect you may have the virus.

Here is an excellent article from Bloomberg  News: There Is a ‘Tipping Point’ Before Coronavirus Kills

It is important that we all look out for one another and help those who are older get through this safely. If you still have any questions please call me at 480-756-2386 and I will do my best to help.

Disinfectant Spray, Wipes, Hand Sanitizer, and Masks to Combat the Coronavirus

Making Disinfectant Spray

Making a spray bottle of disinfectant is fairly easy. Fill 1/3 of an empty spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and then fill 1/3 of the bottle with hydrogen peroxide. Add water to fill the rest of the bottle. You can add 15 – 20 drops of any essential oil (I like tea tree oil) or 2-3 tablespoons colloidal silver to help disinfect. You can use this formula to disinfect all surfaces. Don’t forget to label the bottle.

Making Disinfectant Wipes

Mix together 1/3  cup water, 1/3 cup alcohol, and 1/3 cup hydrogen peroxide. You can add 15 – 20 drops of essential oil, or 2 Tbsp colloidal silver, or 2 Tbsp ammonia if you have any of these. You can pour this mixture over regular baby wipes or folded paper towels in a plastic container and allow the liquid to fully absorb and then pour off any extra liquid.

Making Hand Sanitizer

In a large bowl mix 2 parts rubbing alcohol* with 1 part aloe vera and add 15-20 drops of tea tree or lavender essential oil. You can also add 1/8 cup of glycerine or vegetable glycerine (available at drug stores) for added moisturizing. After mixing well you can use a turkey baster to get the liquid into an empty bottle. Be sure to label the bottle.

* Alcohol must be 60% or higher


The CDC is advising that wearing a mask is only helpful if you are already infected so that you don’t infect others. However, if you are not infected and you absolutely have to go into a public place wearing the correct type of mask properly will provide you with some protection.

Viruses are very small in size and the coronavirus has been measured at .125 microns. You will need a mask that is rated N95, N99, or P100, to filter particles less than .3 microns. There are not enough of these types of masks for every person to have one. The CDC is asking people to save these masks for healthcare workers and first responders who need them most. If you have any masks on hand for household projects check and see if they are N95 or N99. I just happened to find six N95 masks in my garage. These types of masks are not intended for long term use, but they can be successfully reused if proper care is taken.

Your mask will only be effective if it is sealed tightly to your face.  Lightly mist the inside and outside of your mask just before you wear it with colloidal silver if you have it.  Do not ever touch the front of your mask after you have worn it because this is where the virus will be. Take the mask off by using the elastic bands and then wash your hands immediately. Lightly spray the front of your mask with a disinfectant or colloidal silver and allow it to dry completely.


Use Probiotics To Help Prevent Colds And Flu This Winter Season

Probiotics aid in the nourishment and defense of the entire body, not just the digestive tract. Recent evidence has shown that probiotics can help fend off colds and flu. When you have an abundance of healthy bacteria in your digestive tract, it’s harder for pathogenic bacteria to invade your system. “Probiotics go beyond the gut to influence other systems” notes gastroenterologist and researcher Sonia Michail, MD. To learn more about how probiotics can aid in the fight against colds and flu this winter season, read the following article:

Problems Caused By Intestinal Plaque

We are all aware of the importance of preventing plaque from building up on our teeth or in our arteries, but it is equally important to prevent plaque from building up in the intestinal system. Plaque is a sticky film that is made up of living, microscopic organisms that contain bad bacteria, yeast, and parasites. This film compromises your nutrient absorption and as it builds up it impairs your immune system. It is extremely important to remove plaque from the intestines and to prevent any build up from occurring. The following article describes the dangers of intestinal plaque and how to get rid of it naturally.

Improve Your Health By Eliminating Soda!

If you still drink soda, stopping the habit is an easy way to improve your health. If you must drink a carbonated beverage, try sparkling mineral water with a squirt of lime or lemon juice.  There is absolutely NO REASON your kids should ever drink soda. No excuses. The elimination of soft drinks is one of the most crucial factors to deal with many of the health problems you or your children suffer. Read the following article to discover what happens inside your body when you consume a soda.