"As yet, there is no known cure or effective preventive therapy for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which is the cause of COVID-19. The SAHPRA will provide the public with updates relating to products authorized for the prevention, treatment, or diagnosis of COVID-19.
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If you think you might have been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, or that you have contracted the COVID-19 disease, you should call the NICD helpline on 0800 029 999." — SAHPRA
COVID-19 is the disease. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus. Some people may test negative for the disease and positive for the virus. That does not suggest they are becoming reinfected due to viral mutations. We are hoping for more signs of herd immunity. The novel coronavirus is an RNA virus, specifically of the order of Positive-sense ssRNA 𝑵𝒊𝒅𝒐𝒗𝒊𝒓𝒂𝒍𝒆𝒔, part of the family of 𝑪𝒐𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒂𝒗𝒊𝒓𝒊𝒅𝒂𝒆. It's one of many coronaviruses. The affinity of the virus to the angiotensin I converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptors allows it to gain entry into cells. It does so by interfering with the process where proteins break down into amino acids. More specifically, involving metalloproteinase. An enzyme that uses zinc as a catalyst in proteolysis (the breakdown of amino acids as just mentioned). The prefix "corona-" refers to the spike glycoproteins that form the many crowns the virus uses to capture the enzymes mentioned. By misusing those enzymes to penetrate and infect cells (before the antibodies can capture, degrade, and remodel those enzymes), the infection spreads. You can consider the enzymes to be like stolen access cards for a high-security building, and the card scanners being bypassed can similarly be considered the ACE2 receptors. Once the virus gets into a cell it can hijack its cellular replication functions. What makes the virus particularly dangerous is the processes it interferes with as it spreads. All you need is a compromised immune system for it to wreak havoc on your body. These viruses also mutate quite effectively; once they really get out there and spread, treatment becomes so much harder. One of many ideas is finding a way to block the virus from priming its viral spike glycoproteins. That, in turn, could block it from misusing the ACE2 enzymes to infect cells through the ACE2 receptors. Leading researchers are still looking into various possible treatments, not limited to interferon alfa-2b, immunoglobin complexes, chloroquine, and hydroxychloroquine, including the potential to repurpose camostat mesylate. However, due to the inherent risks and lack of conclusive clinical information about treating this new virus, and the disease it causes, we do not give any qualified opinions or express any assurances. We also do not give a qualified opinion about ibuprofen, the use of caffeine with acetaminophen, or the possible reactogenic consequences of using too many adjuvants in a vaccine, nor do we express any assurances about such things.
In the meantime, naturopaths may recommend doing something about the things people can change, rather than focusing on what they cannot change. People can increase their consumption of macronutrients (for example, polyphenols) to improve wellbeing, detoxing the body naturally (for example, apple pectin) to enhance nutrient absorption, protecting the permeable blood-brain barrier (for example, pre- and probiotics) against bacterial and viral invaders, and boosting the immune system (for example, vitamins, minerals, beneficial plant extracts) to help fight infections and reduce the time it takes to recover.
Various sources have stressed that the elderly and people with autoimmune, respiratory, and cardiovascular diseases—or anyone with a compromised immune system—are at higher risk of becoming severely ill or potentially dying. That's because of the toll the infection takes on the human body, especially one that is already under stress. It's essential for people to capitalize on the time they have now to boost their immune systems, to stay hygienic, to stay calm, and to avoid any unnecessary human contact. If we all do what's necessary, everything is going to be fine. A lot of people are panicking excessively; rather rely on the facts and certainties. Take these issues seriously so that you can make timely and informed decisions.
Please note that the information we have provided, not limited to information about our products and services, is not intended to replace or to substitute professional medical advice in any way. We do not intend to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases or viral infections. We also advise that you seek immediate medical care for any of the following symptoms: runny nose, sore throat, cough, fever, difficulty breathing (severe cases).
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