We all knew this day would come. The SARS-COV2 virus seems to be making another round. Here’s the down and dirty you need to know:
Back To Basics
- What is SARS-COV2?
SARS-COV2 is the name of the virus. COVID is the clinical manifestation of severe symptoms from SARS-COV2
- What’s different about Omicron?
Omicron and later variants do not seem to have the cytokine storm that landed people in the hospital like the Alpha and Delta strains did initially. However, Omicron was found to be more evasive than other variants, meaning it’s more easily transmissible.
It’s also crucial to still take Omicron seriously. While early data has shown that Omicron infections are milder than previous variants, they can still cause hospitalizations and death.
- Control your health
The best way to protect yourself is by staying healthy. You can monitor your weight and blood sugar, maintain vitamin D levels blood serum levels between 50 and 80, and ensure any medical issues are taken care of.
- Be prepared
- Try oronasal decontamination (nasal irrigation)
People use this strategy to reduce the viral load in the nose and throat. You can use a mixture of betadine and water (1:10) to irrigate the nose and gargle after being in public or around sick people. This will eliminate the virus on contact and prevent it from developing into an infection.
- Be preventative
A preventative dose of Ivermectin MAY BE warranted if you are at high risk or had close contact with someone who developed the illness.
If You Get Sick
- Stay home, wash your hands, and drink plenty of fluids.
- Some medications can help reduce symptoms, slow viral replication, and shorten the duration of illness. Consider going to a COVID-literate doctor or nurse practitioner.
- Supplements can also help reduce the symptoms. Our clinic recommends significantly higher doses of vitamin C and D around the time of illness. We also offer IV vitamin infusions that boost the immune system.
- Over-the-counter medications can often help with symptoms such as nasal congestion, pain, and fever. Most of these medications are safe with the other prescribed medications and supplements.
- Consider going to the ER for any new signs of chest pain, shortness of breath, confusion, or irritability. Stay hydrated at home!
Supplements To Have Around
- Vitamin C – anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and immune booster
- Vitamin D – a hormone that drives most immune responses
- Zinc – a mineral that gets inside the cell to inhibit viral replication
- Quercetin – a compound found in apples and onions that reduces histamine release and blocks docking to the ACE 2 receptor
- NAC – N-acetylcysteine is the building block of glutathione, our body’s most potent antioxidant
The James Clinic
At the James Clinic, we can help protect you and recover from COVID. We are the COVID-literate doctors and nurse practitioners you’ve been looking for. Today, with all this information, it can be hard to know what you need to do to stay healthy.
Don’t doubt yourself a second longer! Visit the James Clinic.