2019-nCoV (novel coronavirus) has been identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. The genetic makeup of this virus has been determined and the organism may be related to the SARS and MERS coronaviruses of a number of years ago.
Symptoms can include cough, fever and shortness of breath. Symptoms may be mild or severe. When individuals are severely ill and/or have medical issues, infection can result in death.
Clinicians are concerned that the virus is highly contagious and spreading person-to-person rapidly throughout the world. Symptoms may appear anytime from 2 days to two weeks. A major concern is that a person can spread the disease without knowing that they are infected during the incubation period. These pre-symptomatic individuals make the job of containing the infection even more difficult.
A balanced immune response is the only way your body defends itself against infections. Even if you do become infected, your body is more likely to able resolve the infection if the immune system is functioning optimally.
By taking these steps, you increase your body’s ability to defend itself, balance immune function and achieve optimal health.