Coronavirus Outbreak: What You Need To Know

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WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS?

There is a new unknown strain of Coronavirus, a cousin of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) which killed almost 650 people across mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003. The centre of this outbreak is believed to be a seafood market in Wuhan.

It already has more than 830 recorded cases, with 25 unfortunate deaths so far. However, the number of cases is more likely to be around 1,700 according to scientists at MRC Centre for Global Infection Disease Analysists, as it has already spread overseas.

Coronavirus is a large group of viruses, common amongst animals but can in rare cases be transmitted from animals to humans. (US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention)

Symptoms

  • runny nose
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • headache
  • fever
  • for those with weakened immune system it can cause
    • pneumonia or
    • bronchitis

It causes pneumonia, and does not respond to antibiotic treatment

says Poon, virologist, School of Public Health University of Hong Kong.

Gilead Sciences Inc. are currently assessing the efficacy of the treatment used against Ebola, Remdesivir, as a possible treatment for the Wuhan Coronavirus. Although there is no antiviral data on the drug that showed activity against the Wuhan Coronavirus, it was shown to be effective in animals against the SARS Coronavirus.

It has been confirmed by renowned scientist, Zhong Nanshan at the National Health Commission that the virus spreads by human to human transmission. It also appears to be quite readily transferred between humans, as 14 medical personnel who were assigned to help infected patients became infected.

It has been predicted that there will be an increase in viral pneumonia cases during the Lunar New Year holiday, as millions will be traveling between nations, with Wuhan serving as a major transport hub.

As the fear of a global pandemic rises, with recorded cases in Beijing and Shanghai, as well as the United States, Thailand, South Korea and Japan, many cities have started their lock downs. A city near Wuhan has halted all transport on Friday and has closed its river bridge. Huangshi city has shut down their transport routes as well as a ferry terminal. Since then another 10 cities have been ordered to go on lock down.

HOW CAN OIL OF WILD OREGANO HELP?

Oil of Wild Oregano has been scientifically proven to have potent antiviral properties. It has been proven effective against non-enveloped and enveloped viruses such as Coronavirus species.

A study performed by Dr. M. Khalid Ijaz in 2004, investigated the effectiveness of wild oregano oil on incubated human Coronavirus. The result showed that within 15 minutes of contact with wild oregano, the viral titers which were over 5 million particle per ml prior to contact were reduced to 167 particles per ml. Within 20 minutes, a combination of wild Oregano oil and other essential oils (wild sage, wild cumin, and wild cinnamon), reduced the viral titers from over 5million particles per ml to non-detectable levels. Both preparations (pure wild oregano as well as wild oregano combined with other essential oils) showed that they were able to halt viral replication within the host cells.

This study showed compelling evidence that wild oregano oil has unequivocal virucidal and virustatic effects.

A major cause for concern in relation to treatment of the Coronavirus was its response to antibiotic treatment. It is not uncommon for new, unknown viruses to have an immunity against synthetic antibiotics. The excessive bacterial exposure to antibiotics has influenced the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistant pathogens and the overuse of antibiotics has caused selective pressures allowing only the fittest genotype to thrive (Canton & Morosini, 2011).

Over years of scientific studies and trials, oregano oil has shown significant anti-bacterial activity against 11 MDR (multi-drug resistant) clinical isolates. Whilst efficiently inactivating the bacteria, there was no evidence of resistance development even after up to 20 consecutive passages of representative bacterial strains (Lu et al., 2018).

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Recent reports of the contraction by humans of Coronavirus, has us all thinking about our own health and protection. Because of its immune boosting and general anti-viral & anti-bacterial properties, Oil of Wild Oregano is already used by many as a general health tonic and prophylactic tool against various viral and bacterial conditions. In light of the recent potential threat, now is as good a time as ever to get on top of your health and reap the benefits of Solutions 4 Health Oil of Wild Oregano.

References
Cantón, R. and Morosini, M. (2011). Emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance following exposure to antibiotics. FEMS Microbiology Reviews, 35(5), pp.977-991.
Lu, M., Dai, T., Murray, C. and Wu, M. (2018). Bactericidal Property of Oregano Oil Against Multidrug-Resistant Clinical Isolates. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9.
Ijaz, M., Chen, Z., Raja, S., Suchmann, D., Royt, P., Ingram, C., Gray, J. and Paolilli, G. (2004). The Seventeenth International Conference on Antiviral Research:Antiviral and Virucidal Activities of Oreganol P73-based Spice Extracts Against Human Coronavirus In Vitro. Antiviral Research, 62(2), pp.A1-A92.

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