My aim with this blog is to select some well researched information to pass on to you about COVID-19 that will help you make sense of this new viral strain and I have answered some of the questions I have been asking myself as this scenario has developed.
Dr. Lam, expert on adrenal exhaustion, succinctly described COVID-19 as (1): “a beta coronavirus, which means it’s one of four coronaviruses in one virus subfamily. There are seven types of coronavirus which can infect humans and the most common are:
- 229E (alpha coronavirus)
- NL63 (alpha coronavirus)
- OC43 (beta coronavirus)
- HKU1 (beta coronavirus)
These four are some of the main culprits of the common cold.”
So Coronaviruses have been around a long time. Several of the strains are harmless. Some of them are similar to the rhinovirus of the common cold.
“Other, more severe examples of this family of viruses include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARs).”
Symptoms range from extremely mild to very severe and life-threatening. At this point in time we are unsure of what causes the virus to express itself more severely in some, other than it tends to target people who are immune-compromised, including those on heart medications.
One reason children are less affected than adults is because COVID-19 targets the ACE2 receptors in the lungs. Children have far fewer of these than adults and so are less susceptible. Furthermore, adults taking angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) to treat underlying health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, increase the number of ACE2 receptors in their cardiopulmonary system and are therefore at increased risk of serious infection by COVID-19.
To better understand COVID-19 I want to share an informative and easy-to-understand video compiled by the ANH (Alliance for Natural Health). I recommend the ANH for rational, independent views on current events regarding health concerns, ranging from illnesses, such as COVID-19, to global concerns (2).
Why are some countries affected more than others?
The areas to date with the highest numbers of infected people, China, Iran, and northern Italy, are also areas with the highest levels of air pollution, and smokers, two factors that increase the likelihood of you contracting Coronavirus-19. Italy has a large elderly population and also a large number of Chinese people working in the fashion industry. The New York Times reports (3):
Chinese laborers, first a few immigrants, then tens of thousands, began settling in Prato in the late 1980s. They transformed the textile hub into a low-end garment manufacturing capital…
The city is now home to the largest concentration of Chinese in Europe, some legal, many more not. Here in the heart of Tuscany, Chinese laborers work round the clock in some 3,200 businesses making low-end clothes, shoes and accessories, often with materials imported from China…
My thoughts are, wherever you have a large amount of Chinese labourers working long hours, you have slave labour and conditions of ill-health in which a virus will spread like wildfire. Workers have died in fires in the warehouses.
The New American explains further the close ties between northern Italy and Wuhan (4)
… with “China offering one of the cheapest manufacturing options in the world, it came as little surprise that most of these fashion brands were working with China,” the Times of India reported Thursday. “A large number of these Italian fashion and garment houses had outsourced their manufacturing to Chinese labour, specifically in Wuhan.”
“Italy also has direct flights from Wuhan and reports suggest over 100,000 Chinese citizens were working in Italian factories…”
The reason for the high elderly population is:
Moreover, the Wuhan virus (WV) is like the flu in that it most seriously affects the elderly, and nearly 60 percent of Northern Italy’s population “is aged 40 and over, of which about 23% is over 65 years of age. This puts nearly one-fourth of the population at grave risk…”
..This demographic phenomenon is due to Italy’s low fertility rate, which in some parts of the nation dips below one child per woman (replacement level is 2.1). So, sadly, part of the reason Italy is experiencing great WV-caused death is that it is a dying nation (demographically).
This goes some way to explaining the northern Italy explosion of COVID-19.
Iran also has close ties to China having agreed a deal in 2019 whereby China will purchase Iran’s oil, gas and petrochemicals at a discounted price in return for Chinese investment in sanction-hit Iran (5).
In my next blog I will make suggestions as to the best steps to take to support your immune system against a viral infection.