Coronavirus Update: 3/16/2020

Coronavirus Update: 3/16/2020

Health Tips and A Market Assessment

* Correction: an earlier version of this article contained a section entitled, ‘Advice by Japanese doctors treating COVID-19 cases.’ This section was later found to be false, and we removed it from the article. 

I have spent much of the week trying to absorb and assess the impact of the Coronavirus.  Here are some resources that I think are helpful, some health tips, and a market assessment.

Let’s start with Health.

The Journal of American Medicine recently conducted an interesting YouTube interview with a frontline physician in Italy.

Key takeaways:

1. This is not just another flu because:

  • It is more contagious.
  • It is more severe in those that do experience distress.
  • Recovered patients from acute respiratory viruses and syndromes like Covid-19 may have long-term reduced respiratory function and be more likely to have secondary events.
  • It is very severe for older patients and those with pre-existing conditions (JAMA data).

2. Systemic Issues

  • Healthcare systems in outbreak areas are struggling given the exponential growth in critically ill.

3. Personal Health

  • Wash hands frequently. The virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but – a lot can happen during that time – you can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on.
  • If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours – so if you come into contact with any metal surface – wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap.
  • Social distancing is particularly important for the elderly and those with symptoms.
  • Diet – You are better off getting your nutrients from foods than supplements, but depending on your diet, consider supplements and remember the following:

From the National Institute of Health.

Vitamin A – Promotes the immune system, vision, heart and lungs, and kidneys.

Vitamin C  – IV vitamin C is being studied as an Adjunctive Therapy for acute respiratory distress syndrome and regular dosing of Vitamin C has been used in many studies related to prevention of colds and flus.

Vitamin D – Your immune system needs Vitamin D to fight off bacteria and viruses.


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