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Like many of you dealing with the Coronavirus, I've been sitting on my buttocks waiting to be released from my "in home prison cell." I awake every morning with the hope that today is the day, only to realize that my grandfather was a wise man......He said you can wish in one hand and crap in the other and see which one gets filled first!

That being said, I've had a lot of time to observe the political bantering on the TV set and I've realized there wasn't much info being given to us on what we can possibly do to help ourselves during this crisis. Sure, in between the he said / she said, you get the occasional stay inside, wash your hands and wear a mask. Well if that's the only thing we can do, then when we get out of the house in "blah" amount of days / weeks / months, this is what can be deduced......... OK, I had a good chance of catching this in March. I've avoided the virus until the present day. Now I can run outside and get on with my life and still have the same chance of catching this virus because I've done nothing different!......Well, that just flat out stinks!

So what I've done on my end rather than rely on the politicians to dictate when it's OK for me to catch the virus, is do a little research on what I might be able to do in order to help myself not catch the virus and furthermore, if I do catch it, how can I give myself the best chance to fight it!

Basically what it came down to for me was to boost my Vitamin D levels in order to boost my immune system and also to boost my Omega 3 levels in order to lower my systemic inflammation.

Below are some items that I came across which helped form my hypothesis. I don't know if it's the answer, but you can read on your own and make your own decisions as to what you want to do to better help yourselves! Hope it helps. Good Luck, stay safe and hope to see you all soon!

( If you click on anything red it will bring you to the article / research study )

Article from SF Chronicle

Key Points:

--- Common to the critical cases is the onset of acute respiratory distress syndrome

--- Most deaths occur from secondary bacterial infections, sepsis and kidney failure, often exacerbated by strong antibiotics

--- Infectious-disease specialists believe the immune systems overreact to the presence of the virus. There is something about the virus that apparently confuses the body into attacking healthy cells along with the virus-compromised cells. The out-of-control inflammatory reaction, which specialists call cytokine storm syndrome, can damage the lungs, heart and other organs

Article from the New Scientist

Key Points:

--- Diseases such as covid-19 can be fatal due to an overreaction of the body’s immune system called a cytokine storm and trigger inflammation.

Key Points:

Unfortunately, this article is no longer available for free. The Wall St Journal has decided people should sign up for a subscription in order to read the article. Regardless, this is what I can remember off the top of my head as well as what you can still gather from clicking on the link and a google search of the article as well

--- Those with vitamin D deficiency have a greater chance of Covid-19 complications.

---- Researchers last week released the first data supporting this link. They found that the nations with the highest mortality rates—Italy, Spain and France—also had the lowest average vitamin D levels among countries affected by the pandemic.

--- Vitamin D is produced by a reaction in the skin to the ultraviolet rays in sunlight. Many Americans are low in vitamin D, but those with darker skin are at a particular disadvantage because melanin inhibits the vitamin’s production.

--- In 2018 a longitudinal study by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital looked at whether vitamin D supplementation had any health benefits, specifically in regard to heart disease and cancer. The overall conclusion was that it didn’t, for most people. Yet buried in the results was one that should have made headlines: Vitamin D supplementation in African-Americans reduced cancer risk 23%. How? Cancer cells develop regularly in most animals, including humans, as the result of toxic injuries or glitches in DNA replication, but a healthy immune system destroys them. There is evidence that low vitamin D levels make the immune system go blind.

--- Dozens of studies confirm that deficiency is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which disproportionately afflicts African-Americans.

During the 1918-1919 Spanish Flu pandemic, the Camp Brooks Open Air Hospital in Massachusetts, had the unique distinction of being an outdoor recovery unit. The mortality rate for patients there fell from 40% to 13% when they were moved outside

Key Points........Just click on the link. The first three articles led me to this research.... It pretty much spells it out for you!