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Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Update

As most of you are aware, the coronavirus continues to spread. In the U.S., Washington state has recorded six COVID-19 deaths as of yesterday.

In December 2019, a pneumonia outbreak was reported in Wuhan, China.  To date, the virulence of the coronavirus appears to cause a wide spectrum of symptoms ranging from very cold to severe pneumonia, diarrhea, sepsis, and death.
Experts have now determined novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) likely came from wet markets in Wuhan, China, where humans have direct contact with live animals as well as animal flesh. In these cramped markets, animals are slaughtered and skinned right in front of customers, aerosolizing all types of particles that could lead to infection.   

Most of those who were first infected and hospitalized were “workers or customers at a local seafood wholesale market which also sold processed meats and live consumable animals including poultry, donkeys, sheep, pigs, camels, foxes, badgers, bamboo rats, hedgehogs and reptiles, according to CNN.  

Coronavirus has been known for decades to cause a range of diseases in farm animals and domesticated pets. Once the animal is infected, the virus can primarily infects the respiratory and gastrointestinal tract. It can be transmitted between animals to humans by direct contact and indirectly by aerosol.  Its asymptomatic incubation period is 2 to 14 days.  

Experts have determined the most effective way to prevent transmission of coronavirus and be cured of its infection is to avoid consuming any animal protein and animal by-products. The virus can only live in animal cells. 

Prevention is key.  
  • Avoid consuming fish, pork, beef, dairy, lamb, chicken, and eggs.
  • Stay well hydrated with water.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Limit alcohol consumption.
  • Avoid shaking hands; instead, consider greeting others with a warm smile or an elbow bump
  • If you feel sick, please stay home. Managers can encourage their employees to follow this best practice—and should lead by example.  

Bande F, Arshad SS, Bejo MH, Moeini H, Omar AR (2015). "Progress and challenges toward the development of vaccines against avian infectious bronchitis". Journal of Immunology Research, 2015: 1–12. doi:10.1155/2015/424860. PMC 4411447. PMID 25954763 "Rat Coronavirus - an overview | ScienceDirect Topics".  
Dr. Payal Bhandari Dr. Payal Bhandari M.D. is a leading practitioner of integrative and functional medicine in San Francisco.

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