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Who has the greatest health risk from COVID-19?

From all the reports on COVID-19, it appears that this extremely contagious virus is spread mainly from salivary droplets from person to person. These droplets can also lie on inanimate surfaces and remain infective if a person touches it and then introduces it into his body via mouth, nose or eye. It is not known how long it can remain infectious on surfaces but it is believed it can last longer in a cold environment than in a hot area. 

On a more positive side, the fatality rate is not as high as SARS and MERS. It was originally estimated at 2%. Later, WHO quoted a fatality rate of 3.4%. The common flu is estimated at 0.1%.

Latest information indicates that fatality rates depend on the country. Determining factors include how fast the response to isolate infectious people to contain the virus spread, the facilities the country has, such as testing kits, trained staff, isolation wards, protective gear for their medical personnel, equipment such as respirators and ventilators. 

The fatality rate in South Korea is expected to be at 0.5%, China outside of Hubei is at 0.9%. However, countries which are overwhelmed are expected to be between 3% to 5%. Singapore and Hong Kong who have learned lessons from SARS have been well prepared and have sufficient facilities.

Who is likely to require hospitalisation?

Statistics from China suggest 80% will have a mild infection, about 20% will require hospitalisation. 15% will be severe and 5% critical.

Who has the greatest risk of having a serious outcome?

1.The elderly, above 65 years. 
With ageing, there is a drop in immune cell production.

2. People with underlying medical conditions, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes.

3. Those taking medications which depress the immune system, such as steroids and immunosuppressive drugs. Even normal medications such as antacids and antihistamines may negatively affect your immune system to some extent.

4. Smokers, heavy alcohol drinkers and people who burn the midnight oil.
These lifestyle habits depress the immune system.

5. Those with lung and breathing issues such as asthmatics.
The virus attacks the lungs and breathing becomes difficult and the usual cause of death is pneumonia.

6. Pregnant women.
The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states “Pregnant women experience immunologic and physiologic changes which might make them more susceptible to viral respiratory infections, including COVID-19. Pregnant women also might be at risk for severe illness, morbidity, or mortality compared to the general population as observed in cases of other related coronavirus infections [including severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)] and other viral respiratory infections, such as influenza, during pregnancy.”

Your Immune System is Vital to Protect You 

There are no specific antiviral medications to treat COVID-19. Medical treatment is limited. The infection has to be overcome by your immune system and many people have recovered. 

Certain medications and lifestyle choices can make your immune system weak. This is why it is vital to strengthen your body’s greatest defence - your immune system.

For those who are at the greatest risk of having a severe reaction to the virus, maintaining a daily regime to keep their immune system in the best condition is paramount.

There are effective ways to strengthen your immunity, such as:

(a) Eating a diet with a high content of vegetables rather than a heavy meat diet has been shown to improve cardiovascular health and reduce inflammation in the body as vegetables are anti-inflammatory foods.

(b) Turning off your mobile phones, going to bed early and getting good quality sleep.

(c) Breaking a sweat which flushes toxins from your body. 

(d) Engaging in stress-relieving practices like meditation, counting your blessings and directing thoughts away from ourselves to helping others less fortunate. Developing an attitude of gratitude is known to be the best stress-reliever.

All of these diet and lifestyle activities will lay the groundwork for an improvement in your immune system.

Increase Your Body’s Natural Killer Cells

Your main defence against viruses is your immune system’s Natural Killer Cells (NK cells). As its name suggests, NK cells are like your assassin cells. They are responsible for killing viruses as well as microscopic cancer cells. A healthy person has high NK cell levels and activity.

In modern times, our NK cell activity is estimated at 10-20% of past generations, mainly due to our exposure to ever-increasing toxins such as chemical pollutants in our environment, food, skincare and cleaning agents. In olden time, many of these chemicals did not exist.

Santivia Immune is Clinically Proven to Increase NK Cells

A clinical trial involving “healthy” people, given daily the active immune modulator ingredient of Santivia Immune and followed up after 90 days, showed a 300% increase in NK cells. 

Another trial, in 107 seriously chronic ill patients, given high serving amounts of the same ingredient had the results analysed after 18 months. NK cells increased by 1250%. As NK cells increased, the patients had a corresponding improvement in symptoms. 

Santivia Immune strengthens your immune system, without causing an over-reaction.  

It's a BALANCING effect. 

A strong immune system is primed to defend you and your family against viruses!

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