Coronavirus (COVID 19 – COrona VIrus Disease 19)is a type of common virus that causes an infection in the upper respiratory tract i.e. nose, sinuses, or upper throat. These viruses are zoonotic means they are transmitted between animals and people.
The name is derived from the Latin word ‘corona’, which means a crown or halo. This refers to the appearance of the virus-like the royal crown or the corona of the sun.
Most of the coronaviruses are not dangerous, but few of them are fatal.
In the past, there are several outbreaks of coronavirus in Saudi Arabia, Africa, Asia, and Europe.
The current outbreak is in Wuhan, China, on 31st December 2019, where the WHO identified a new type, Novel CoronaVirus (2019-nCoV).
It is also known as Wuhan pneumonia or Wuhan coronavirus.
Here ‘Novel’ means newly discovered, or newly originated. This is the 7th strain of human coronavirus. (Other 6 strains)
What Is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that can cause diseases in mammals and birds.
The coronavirus was first known in the 1960s, but we do not know where it came from. They got their names from the shape of a crown. Sometimes, coronaviruses can infect animals and humans.
They spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, by contact with an infected person’s hands or face, or by touching things used by them.
Symptoms of Coronavirus –
In most cases, you won’t know if you have a coronavirus or a different cold-causing virus, such as rhinovirus.
- Runny nose
- Shortness of breath & breathing difficulties
- Sore throat with swollen adenoids
- A general feeling of being unwell
- In children, a middle ear infection may also occur
How coronavirus is diagnosed?
Lab tests such as nose and throat cultures, blood tests can help in diagnosis, but there’s no reason to. The symptoms usually go away in a few days.
Complications of coronavirus –
If the coronavirus infection spreads to the lower respiratory tract, it can cause pneumonia, SARS, Bronchitis, and other respiratory tract diseases. This may occur in older people, people with low immunity, and in people with heart disease. These complications can be lethal.
There is no vaccine or antiviral drug for coronavirus. The best way of prevention is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
Preventive measures for coronavirus –
- Wash your hands frequently with soap or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid contact with infected people.
- Avoid contact with pets and other animals.
- Have plenty of rest and be at home.
- Drink sufficient fluids.
- Cook thoroughly meat and eggs.
- Steamy shower or humidifier can ease your sore throat.
- Contact your doctor immediately, if the symptoms get worse.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a mask if you are infected.
- Separate yourself from other people in your house.
- Monitor your symptoms.
- Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and places.
- Do not travel while sick, especially in the affected areas, countries, regions.
- Don’t go to work, school, or public areas, and don’t use public transportation or taxis.
There are no specific antiviral drugs or vaccine for 2019-nCoV infection. Supportive care and symptomatic treatment help in relieving the symptoms.
For complicated cases, treatment should include intensive care to support the vital organs like lungs, heart.
Homeopathy treatment for coronavirus –
Homeopathic treatment starts with case-taking. A brief history of the patient is gathered, physical as well as mental symptoms experienced by the patient during the sickness.
Homeopathic treatment is very advanced today. Homeopathy treatment has shown great results in epidemic diseases also. In life-threatening diseases and conditions, do not rely only on homeopathy, get proper treatment too.
There are numerous homeopathic remedies that can be used to treat the symptoms of coronavirus infection. Homeopathic medicines are safe, natural, and there are no side effects while treating any disease.
After analysis and evaluation of the case data, a similar medicine is selected for the patient, known as ‘similimum’.
Arsenicum album is the first choice of Homeopathic medicine for prophylaxis and treatment of coronavirus infection. It could be taken as prophylactic medicine. Its recommended dose is Arsenicum album 30, daily in empty stomach for 3 days.
The dose should be repeated after one month by following the same schedule in case of Coronavirus infections prevail in the community.
Apart from Arsenicum album, there are other Homeopathic medicines too which can be used in the treatment of coronavirus. depending upon the symptoms.
“I believe that human health is a precious thing which may not be compromised at any cost. That’s why I strongly believe in Homeopathy, because it is so natural and NO harming side effects at all”.