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He is case number 231.Ladner resident Jerry Glubisz is on the road to recovery after being diagnosed with COVID-19 in mid-March.

Glubisz is sharing his story of being diagnosed and treated as well as the importance of following the provincial health guidelines, including social distancing.

I thought I had the seasonal flu, he said. My wife didnt get it and suggested I get checked out and then my employer, BCAA in Langley, said we dont want you back to work until you get checked out.

Glubisz said he went to Delta Hospital late in the day on March 12, just before things started to get crazy.

They put me into a negative pressure room and asked me where I had been, and I did say I was at Costco in Burlington, just below Bellingham, earlier in the month and that is considered a hot zone, he recalled.He said doctors took a nose swab and a chest X-ray, finding some pneumonia on his right lung. He was prescribed a seven-day supply of antibiotics.

I took the meds, and it took a few days to get the test results back, and I had COVID-19, Glubisz said. I felt pretty bad for those six days, very little appetite, lying around in front of the fireplace because I had chills. I had no chest respiratory problems, there was no vomiting, but I was extremely tired.

Glubisz, who is 63 and in good health, works out three or four times a week,suspects his healthy lifestyle helped him fight off the virus, although he did say he hadnt felt that bad for years.

I havent taken a sick day in five years, so it took something major like this to knock me down, he said. Its been about 10 days, and Im feeling pretty much back to normal. I have a bit of a lingering cough, but that should be gone soon.

Glubisz said the care he received at Delta Hospital was top notch.

The care was amazing. I thought Delta Hospital staff were very professional. They were very careful and took extreme caution, he said. Then I began dealing with the health unit who called me daily for temperature checks and to make sure I was on the right track to recovery.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy Market to Reach USD 20.76 Billion by 2026; Increasing Cases of Hormone-Related Disorders to Augment Growth, states Fortune…

Key Companies Covered in the Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Market Research Report are Novo Nordisk A/S, Pfizer Inc, AbbVie Inc, Merck KGaA, Endo Pharmaceuticals Solutions Inc, Allergan, Eli Lilly and Company, Mithra Pharmaceuticals, Amgen, among others.

Pune, March 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The global hormone replacement therapy market size is predicted to reach USD 20.76 billion by 2026, exhibiting a CAGR of 6.0% during the forecast period. The increasing cases of hormone-related disorders in both men and women of different age groups will spur demand for hormone replacement therapy, which in turn, will boost the hormone replacement therapy market growth during the forecast period. In addition, the increasing prevalence of disorders such as growth deficiency, thyroid disorders, and others will create new sales opportunities for the market in the forthcoming years.

According to the report published by Fortune Business Insights, titled Hormone Replacement Therapy Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Therapy Type (Estrogen and Combinations Replacement Therapy, Growth Hormone Replacement Therapy, Thyroid Hormone Replacement Therapy, and Testosterone Replacement Therapy), By Indication (Menopause, Hypothyroidism, Male Hypogonadism, and Growth Hormone Deficiency), By Route of Administration (Oral, Transdermal, and Parenteral), By Distribution Channel (Hospital Pharmacies, Retails Pharmacies & Stores, and Others), and Regional Forecast, 2019-2026 the market size stood at USD 13.00 billion in 2018. The global hormone replacement therapy market report focuses and elaborates the definition, types, applications and major players in detail.

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Approval of Lupins Hypothyroidism Treatment Drug by USFDAto Bolster Growth

Lupin Limited, a multinational pharmaceutical company based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India announced that it has received the approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) to market the tablets for its Levothyroxine Sodium Tablets USP, 25 mcg, 50 mcg, 75 mcg, 88 mcg, 100 mcg, 112 mcg, 125 mcg, 137 mcg, 150 mcg, 175 mcg, 200 mcg, and 300 mcg from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market a generic version of AbbVie, Incs Synthroid Tablets, 25 mcg, 50 mcg, 75 mcg, 88 mcg, 100 mcg, 112 mcg, 125 mcg, 137 mcg, 150 mcg, 175 mcg, 200 mcg, and 300 mcg. The approval of the novel drugs by the USFDA will be a critical factor in boosting the hormone replacement therapy market revenue during the forecast period due to its use as replacement therapy in primary (thyroidal), secondary (pituitary), and tertiary (hypothalamic) congenital or acquired hypothyroidism. Moreover, Lupins spokesperson said in statement, The product is a generic version of AbbVie Inc's Synthroid tablets in the same strengths. Furthermore, the growing incidence of menopausal disorders in the developing countries among women will impel companies to launch novel therapeutics, which in turn, will aid the market development.

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High Rate of Hormone Deficiency Disorders to Facilitate Growth in North America

The market in North America generated a revenue of USD 6.89 billion in 2018 and is expected to grow rapidly during the forecast period. The growth in the region is attributed to the rising prevalence of menopause disorders and growing incidence of hormone deficiency disorders. The increasing awareness regarding the therapies among patients will also support growth in the region. Europe is expected to account for a high share in the forthcoming years owing to the surge in hormonal disorders in women. The increasing cases of menopausal disorders and geriatric population suffering from the hypothyroidism will fuel demand for hormone replacement therapy in the region.

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Nemaura to Launch New Digital Brand proBEAT in the USA, Targeting a Market of Over 100 Million Potential Users With Its Prescription-Free Consumer…

Nemaura Medical Inc. (NASDAQ: NMRD) ("Nemaura" or the "Company"), a medical technology company focused on developing micro-systems-based wearable diagnostic devices and digital solutions for the medical and consumer markets, announced it is planning to launch a digital healthcare subscription service in the USA under the brand name proBEAT.

proBEAT is expected to be available without the need for a prescription and appeal to a broad range of adults encompassing pre-diabetic and Type 2 diabetics, numbering 88 million, and 26 million people respectively1, as well as those seeking to lose weight and/or seeking a healthier lifestyle.

proBEAT is expected to help users improve their knowledge of how a range of lifestyle, dietary and health and wellbeing factors impact their sugar levels by acting like a black box flight recorder. Big data about the multitude of factors that affect glucose levels will be gathered from all users and employed in developing and subsequently fine-tuning predictive algorithms and artificial intelligence based feedback and prompts. These will then be able to both educate and provide motivational tools to the user to encourage them to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Nemaura is now prioritizing launch plans for its proBEAT digital health platform in the U.S. and is considering various options to expedite the launch, including potential partnering with multi-national companies.

Nemaura intends to market this device as a general wellness product as described in the FDAs guidance document on the subject. General Wellness Products outlined in current FDA guidance are those which have either: (1) An intended use that relates to maintaining or encouraging a general state of health or a healthy activity, or (2) an intended use that relates the role of healthy lifestyle with helping to reduce the risk or impact of certain chronic diseases or disease conditions and where it is well understood and accepted that healthy lifestyle choices may play an important role in health outcomes for the disease or condition2. Further details are provided on Nemauras website:

1 American Diabetes Association2 General Wellness: Policy for Low Risk Devices Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff (September 27, 2019)

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Nemaura Medical Inc. (NMRD) is a medical technology company developing micro-systems-based wearable diagnostic devices and currently commercializing sugarBEAT, and proBEAT. sugarBEAT, a CE mark approved Class IIb medical device, is a non-invasive and flexible continuous glucose monitor (CGM) providing actionable insights derived from real time glucose measurements and daily glucose trend data, which may help people with diabetes and pre-diabetes to better manage, reverse and prevent the onset of diabetes. Nemaura is planning to submit a PMA application for sugarBEAT during the second quarter of 2020 for FDA review of this device under medical device regulations. proBEAT comprises a non-invasive glucose monitor and a digital healthcare subscription service and is due to be launched in the US as a general wellness product.

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DrChrono Partners with Lief Therapeutics to Help Physicians Remotely Monitor Patients’ Mental Health as More Visits Go Virtual Due to COVID-19 -…

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SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DrChrono Inc., the company enabling the medical practice of the future, announces new partnership with Lief Therapeutics. Lief provides a discreet, FDA Class II ECG patch that improves the gold standard biomarker for mental health, heart rate variability (HRV), through personalized biofeedback training. In addition, Liefs virtual behavioral health coaches help extend physicians care teams through secure, one-on-one patient support through its remote patient monitoring platform.

Lief Therapeutics is now leveraging DrChronos Open API to enable providers to seamlessly connect patients to mental health resources. Providers can take advantage of Liefs plug-and-play model, which determines patient eligibility, ships a Lief device directly to the patients door, and assigns them a dedicated behavioral health specialist, all fully remotely.

Liefs biomarker reports and clinical support services are insurance reimbursable, and automatically integrate with patients existing electronic health record (EHR). By giving providers access to patient biomarker data in conjunction with their self report, Lief enables more accurate assessments of patient mental health than ever before.

With the COVID-19 crisis, we see a dramatic reduction in face-to-face mental health services, as well as an increase in patient symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. Liefs virtual behavioral health coaches and wearable smart patch empower patients to improve their mental health without coming into the clinic, said Rohan Dixit, CEO and Founder of Lief Therapeutics. Teaming up with DrChrono allows important biomarker data to become part of the patients electronic health record, and gives physicians an innovative tool to add to their telemedicine arsenal so they can improve patients mental health remotely.

Telemedicine tools right now are critical to physician practices as more appointments in the coming weeks and months go virtual, said Daniel Kivatinos, COO and Co-Founder of DrChrono. It is important for us to partner with breakthrough smart device companies like Lief Therapeutics to arm physicians with real-time data on patients. Wearable device companies are the wave of the future and the fact that this can be done remotely is essential for whats going on in the world today.

About Lief TherapeuticsLief Therapeutics offers a remote patient monitoring platform for mental health for healthcare providers, and virtual behavioral health coaching and biofeedback training for consumers and patients. Lief Rx, Liefs prescription-only device for patients, is indicated for HRV-based relaxation training, which, as part of a healthy lifestyle, may help reduce the risk of anxiety and depression. For more information about Lief Therapeutics, visit

About DrChronoDrChrono focuses on bringing the medical practice of the future to reality; the company built the first iPad EHR. DrChrono creates the best electronic health record, practice management, medical billing and revenue cycle management experience for physicians and patients; the health platform was built for iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch and the web. The EHR includes customizable medical forms, e-prescribing, real-time patient eligibility checks, patient portal and more. The Healthcare Partner Platform Marketplace offers a multitude of apps that a practice can select from to bundle in and a medical API for healthcare app developers. DrChrono has attracted thousands of physicians, over 17.8 million patients, 69 million appointments booked and 11 billion dollars in medical billing processed in the platform. For more information about DrChrono, visit

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3 basic foods that help keep your immune system in top shape – The Star Online

When you stop to think about how hard your immune system works for you, its nothing short of amazing.

Its an incredibly complex system that works nonstop to protect and defend your body from infection. Its also a system that depends on good nutrition in order to function properly.

As Malaysia does not experience the four seasons, residents are fortunate that they dont have to deal with the illnesses that tends to come with cold weather.

However, Malaysias weather can also be tricky it can be hot and dry, or wet and rainy.

Studies have shown that heatwaves can reduce the bodys immune response to the flu, or affect vaccines and nutrition. This is why strengthening your immune system is so important.

Your immune system is made up of your own personal army of soldiers.

They protect your body by identifying anything foreign, from a virus to a bacteria to a parasite, then seeking it out and destroying it.

Our bodies depend on proper nutrients and a healthy lifestyle to keep our defences strong.

Here are three items that are important to help keep your immune system in tip-top shape:


Your immune system has some special forces in the form of white blood cells.

These cells produce specialised proteins called antibodies, which seek out and destroy invading viruses and bacteria.

As antibodies are proteins, you need adequate protein in the diet to ensure that youll be able to manufacture the antibodies your body needs.

Healthy proteins, like fish, poultry, lean meats, soy foods and low-fat dairy products, provide the building blocks your body needs to make these specialised proteins.

Fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are key players in immune system health as theyre great sources of vitamins A and C, as well as phytonutrients.

Vitamin C encourages your body to produce antibodies, while vitamin A supports the health of your skin and the tissues of your digestive tract and respiratory system.

All of these act as first lines of prevention against foreign invaders.

Many of the phytonutrients found in fruits and veggies act as antioxidants, which can help reduce oxidative stress on the body that may weaken your bodys ability to fight off illness.

Good bacteria

Keeping your digestive system healthy is also important in supporting immune function.

Your digestive tract is home to trillions of bacteria that have numerous functions in promoting health.

Some strains of bacteria help you break down the fibre in your foods, others consume intestinal gas, while yet others help produce vitamins like vitamins K and B12.

When your system is populated with these good bacteria, they also crowd out potentially harmful bacteria that might enter your digestive tract.

Some of the best sources of these friendly bacteria are cultured dairy products, like yoghurt and kefir.

As you know, whenever youre trying something new, make sure to check with your doctor or nutritionist about the right amount to take.

Some people suffer medical conditions that affect the operation of their immune systems, and diet alone wont help them.

But for healthy people, eating well can help keep your immune system healthy and strong.

To help your body in the fight against foreign invaders, your internal army needs the best nutrition possible so call in the troops!

This article is courtesy of Herbalife Malaysia.

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The heart of successful women at work – News Chief

March is International Women's History Month, which, remarkably, began in 1911 and highlights the journey of women who felt destined to accomplish new feats despite their plight in the workplace.

Before World War II, women held jobs as secretaries, receptionists, store clerks, nurses and teachers. They accepted societal restrictions, and considered themselves lucky to have the opportunity to work. The war relaxed restrictions, as men to entered the military.

Women's Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, were the first women to fly American military aircraft, accumulating more than 60 million flight miles and enabling thousands of male U.S. pilots to begin active duty in World War II. More than 1,000 WASPs served, but with prejudice; they were classified as civil service employees without official military status, honors or benefits. They did not receive full military status until 1977. Not until 65 years later did they receive the Congressional Gold Medal, one of the highest civilian honors.

Though 310,000-plus women worked in the U.S. aircraft industry, representing 65% of the industry's workforce, women received half the wages men received and were pressured to leave their jobs when the men returned home from the war. Most women returned to the role of homemaker. Fast-forward to 2020.

Kate received a bachelor's in marketing, communications and public relations, and she worked in economic development marketing. After several vacations to Breckenridge, Colorado, she moved there to work in radio and then retail. After three years of loving the active, healthy lifestyle, she realized it wasn't her calling, so she returned home to be near family. Two years later, her life changed. Her mother was diagnosed with stage four cancer and passed within four months. By helping her mother during that time, she felt a calling to serve. Kate is now training to be a hospital pharmacy technician and will soon be board-certified. She works with all women (and one man), who successfully work as a team delivering "meds to beds." She now has to dress in protective suits, gloves and masks during the coronavirus pandemic.

Her experience caring for her mother helps guide her as she interacts with patients and their families. It takes a sensitive, service-minded person to ease the minds of those with loved ones infected with the virus. Despite the health risks, she has found a home in health care and feels service is a heartfelt passion. Working with like-minded individuals has encouraged true friendships and allowed her the comfort of being home. "I think once women find their calling, it can lead to a happier lifestyle. I wake up happy to go to work."

RuthAnne "RA" Anderson was 12 years old when her parents uprooted their family, leaving behind their horse ranch, meaningful friendships and beloved pets in Southern California for the chance to live on a 53-foot sailboat. RA turned to journaling as an outlet for the traumatic upheaval she was experiencing. After a year of living with her family on the boat, her parents sent her to live on a Kentucky horse farm owned by author Helen K. Crabtree and her husband. RA spent four years training to be a champion rider of American Saddlebred horses, going on to win 15 world championship titles and still journaling. Following her heart, RA left the horse farm at 17 to study journalism and photography. At 25, she submitted stories to a publisher who sought to change everything, so she legally withdrew her potential books. But her passions moved forward and led her to create a photography business focusing on high school sports events. Though her photography became successful, she sees herself as a storyteller. She wrote stories to entertain her children and decided to self-publish them. Though directed at children, they've become popular with adults. The worst advice she received was from adults telling her to find a career to have for the rest of her life. She thought it was a terrible idea and pursued working only on projects she loved. That path has led to the book "Girl Sailing the Western Star" and the Puffin Book series. She is working on her 11th book and is now a recognized author, the result of following her heart.

Barbie dolls guided Amber to her calling. She didn't play with the dolls; she styled their clothing and hair. Her professional interested peaked when her first salon experience was a disaster. After leaving the salon in tears, she successfully restyled her hair. Amber's mother suggested she do her own from that point on. In high school, her friends lined up in her family's dining room on the day of a school dance. Amber knew then she wanted to enter the cosmetology program after graduation. Though she loved hair design, she almost quit the program because, as a lefty, she couldn't use the school's right-handed scissors. A simple switching of hands saved her career.

She wanted to learn as much as she could, but her first job lasted only two months. She left to work at another salon chain, and disliked it for the same reasons -- negative management rules and customers who only showed up with discount coupons. Her dissatisfaction with salon chains motivated her to open her own business. For the last 13 years, Amber has developed a loyal following where most of her clients have become friends. Due to the coronavirus, her state issued a mandatory order to close, so much to her clients' disappointment, she responsibly followed the laws and called everyone to explain the situation. Her clients range from workers in health care, factories, construction, corporations, and small businesses, so they all understand the importance of the rules. She is committed to hair design and when the current ban is lifted, she will throw a party welcoming the return of clients.

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Coronavirus warning: The one thing you should avoid doing while in lockdown – Express

Coronavirus raged in Britain over the weekend, with 19,522 people now confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19 and scores more expected to as widespread tests gets underway. Saturday and Sunday also saw 550 more deaths as healthcare systems struggle to contain the crisis. This came as the chief deputy medical officer warned that normal life will not resume for at least six months.

With the general public now confronting the prospect of staying indoors for months on end, health experts are focusing their attention on what you should and shouldn't do to maintain both your physical and mental health.

Experts at the World Health Organization have issued a stark warning against drinking alcohol during this fraught time.

It may be tempting to drink alcohol as a coping mechanism but the health body advises against this approach: "Alcohol is not only a mind-altering and dependence-producing substance, harmful at any level consumed, but it also weakens the immune system."

WHO continues: "Thus, alcohol use and especially heavy use undermines your bodys ability to cope with infectious disease, including COVID-19."

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The health body explains: "The negative impact it can have on your mind and body is a vicious cycle: As a psychoactive substance, alcohol also affects your mental state and decision-making and makes you more vulnerable to risks, such as falls, injuries, or violence when under quarantine with someone else."

"Alcohol consumption is also known to increase symptoms of depression, anxiety, fear and panic symptoms that can intensify during isolation and self-quarantine."

Another cause for concern is that alcohol also makes certain medications less effective, while increasing the potency and toxicity of others, notes the health site.

"Do not consume alcohol in combination with pain medication, as alcohol will interfere with your liver functions and might cause serious problems, including liver failure," it warns.

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Alcohol is therefore not a necessary part of your diet and not part of a healthy lifestyle and should therefore not be on your shopping list.

Other activities to avoid while in lockdown

WHO also says to minimise watching, reading or listening to news about COVID-19 that causes you to feel anxious or distressed.

You should also seek information only from trusted sources and mainly so that you can take practical steps to prepare your plans and protect yourself and loved ones, advises the health site.

Another important tip is to seek information updates at specific times during the day, once or twice.

WH0 explains: "The sudden and near-constant stream of news reports about an outbreak can cause anyone to feel worried."

The UK government has instructed everyone in the UK to stay at home and only leave the house on certain grounds.

You can only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home).

According to Public Health England, if you go out, stay two metres (six feet) away from other people at all times.

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Lung Health: Here are some tips to keep your respiratory system healthy during Coronavirus outbreak – PINKVILLA

Coronavirus is a contagious virus that impacts your respiratory system and while there is no cure or method to prevent this virus, keeping our lungs healthy can be a precautionary method to strengthen our respiratory system.

The novel coronavirus is an infection that seems a lot like flu but it eventually takes a toll on our respiratory system and makes it very difficult to breathe. This is why we all need to worry about our lung health during this pandemic. We all need to take care of our lungs and maintain their health. Just like any other part of our body, we also need to care for our lungs because they too age with time and become weaker which can impact our life and overall health.

Aside from boosting our immunity we also need to maintain our lungs and ensure that we protect our respiratory system. Without our lungs, our body won't be able to function properly due to the lack of oxygen supply. Our lungs use mucus to protect themselves and fight germs and bacteria and this is why we need to ensure that our body functions properly and keep our lungs healthy.

1. Smoking puts you at the risk of lung cancer and other respiratory problems due to the harmful chemicals that you inhale. It also damages your lungs and weakens their capacity and lead to breathing problems. It can also cause your lungs to age and this is why now would be a good time to quit smoking or never try smoking at all.

2. Workout is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Exercise can help in keeping your lungs in shape. When you work out, your heart beats faster and makes your lungs expand and work harder as well which in turn increases your lung capacity.

3. Pollution can damage your lungs and make them age faster, this is why it's very important to stay away from any pollutants which can harm your lungs and make them vulnerable. Avoid being in polluted areas and passive smoking. Keep your home clean and dust-free and avoid inhaling chemicals via synthetic scents.

4. Your lungs become vulnerable to infections and bacteria when they age this is why it's important to take steps to avoid lung infections by washing your hands regularly and maintaining a healthy and balanced diet and drinking water to reduce the toxins in your body and boost your immune system.

5. Add breathing exercises in your daily routine to improve the capacity of your lungs. When you breathe deep you put your lungs to use and make them more efficient and also helps you relax and reduces stress.

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Living with COVID-19 – The Phuket News

There is nowhere you can go in Phuket without the COVID-19 coronavirus determining every aspect of your life, other than staying at home hoping not to become infected. Here is a reality check on what COVID-19 means in Phuket.

Dr Thomas Lodi is a wellness expert who has been practicing medicine for over 30 years. He now heads The LifeCo wellness centre located between Nai Thon and Nai Yang beaches, just south of Phuket International Airport.

For the first 10 years of his medical career, Dr Lodi worked in conventional settings as an internal medicine specialist, urgent care physician and as an intensivist in ICU and CCU departments of various hospitals throughout the US.

Subsequently, Dr Lodi continued his search for more effective and less toxic therapies by training with alternative health experts in Japan, Europe, Mexico and the US. He is licensed as a Homeopathic Medical Doctor MD (H) in Arizona and as an Allopathic Medical Doctor in the State of New York.

In 2018, Dr Lodi was featured in the acclaimed docu-series The Truth about Cancer and recently hosted seminars at the H.E.A.T Anti-Aging conference in Bangkok. He is the Founder and Medical Director of Integrative Oncology and Internal Medicine at An Oasis of Healing Center in Arizona. He is also the Founder and Chief Medical Consultant for the Institute of Integrative Oncology, Singapore and Director of Integrative Oncology and Integrative Medicine at The Lifeco Wellness Center, Phuket.

Here we ask Dr Lodi the simple, but most pressing, questions about living with the threat of COVID-19 in Phuket.

What are the real dangers of COVID-19, the best we know right now?

Respiratory failure and cytokine storm (excessive immune responses that damage lungs). The two cell types to which this virus attaches are mucus cells and cilia cells in the lungs. These cells together keep the lungs clean mucus is secreted to trap particulate matter and the cilia beat rhythmically outward towards the mouth like a conveyor belt. With these cells non-functional, the lungs will accumulate everything from microorganisms, waste products, toxins from the environment and so on. Also, the immune system gets turned on full blast and causes system wide inflammation.

Who is primarily at risk?

The elderly over 65 and those with chronic illnesses and compromised immune systems.

What are the symptoms and how bad are they for most people?

The symptoms are a dry cough, shortness of breath, aches and pains, weakness, no appetite and, of course, fever.

Most people will not know they have it: 81% of cases symptoms are mild (lungs); 14% become severely ill; 4.7% become critically ill; and the fatality rate is 3.4 %. Of course these figures may change as we learn more about the virus.

How is COVID-19 contracted?

Fifty percent of infections are hand to face (mouth, nose, eyes). Also, the virus can be airborne in droplets from sneezing and coughing.

Phuket seems to be the only place where people who come into frequent contact with strangers are the only ones wearing face masks. Everyday people going about their daily lives do not. Should people wear face masks? Who should? Why?

If you are not sick or around people, there is no need to wear a mask. Here are the WHO recommendations:

If you are being self-isolated due to one of the following circumstances:

You have travelled from high risk areas within the past 14 days; or

You have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus;

then, you should use a surgical mask in the following circumstances:

You need to leave your home for any reason and be in public areas;

You are visiting a medical facility; or

You have symptoms and other people are present in the same room as you.

N95 masks filter out about 95% of all liquid or airborne particles.

People have expressed sincere concern about the fingerprint-scanning device at Immigration at the airport. Should people be concerned about this? What should people do about this, if anything?

They have hand sanitiser bottles next to the fingerprinting device. Use it twice: once before and once after.

People have also expressed their opinion that the normal everyday temperature in Phuket and elsewhere in Thailand has helped to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country. One senior health official has even said he expects COVID-19 to disappear as Thailand enters its annual hot season. Is there any merit in this understanding?

Not enough is known about this variant of coronavirus because it is new. The standard coronavirus that causes upper respiratory illnesses remains intact in cold weather and dies quickly at 58C.

Are the precautions the Thai government is taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 reasonable? Or is it lacking? Or even an overreaction? Or a bit of both? Any there any examples that highlight your opinion on this?

The Thai government will do what all governments are doing Each government has had an initial different response, but now that the pandemic is without doubt, all governments will be requiring the same regarding social distancing and quarantines.

Now that COVID-19 has already reached around the world, do you believe travel bans should still be in place? Should people still travel?

Traveling makes no sense now since most countries are locked down, and it is safer not to travel at this point to keep the virus contained.

What can people do to help protect themselves against being infected with COVID-19?

Viruses are not really alive so they cannot be killed. Ultimately, it is our immune systems that develop an adaptive response to recognise any cell infected with the virus and eliminate it. Everything we that we need to do to avoid becoming ill must be geared towards strengthening our immunesystems.

Sleep early and at least seven hours.

Eat no more than two healthy meals per day with 18 hours between your last and first meals. During the window of time when the body is not digesting food, it has time to focus much more energy to the immune system.

Eat plant-based, whole foods rather than processed foods.

Eat at least 70% of your food uncooked and organic.

Meditate at least twice per day.

Vitamin C not only can treat active infection but can protect from getting infected. Vitamin C actually prevents viruses from entering cells. Take from eight to 15 grammes per day orally, depending on bowel tolerance, body size and stress levels

Vitamin A: 30,000-50,000 units per day with food until vitamin A levels in the blood are over 300 iu/dL

Vitamin D: 30,000 iu/day to keep levels in blood above 70, which contributes to enhancing immune response.

Zinc: 90mg per day

Selenium: 400ug per day.

Magnesium: 1,000mg per day. Best used as a transdermal spray applied directly to the body

Green tea: drink several cups of fresh-brewed green tea per day.

Keep your bowels clean with probiotic enemas and colon hydrotherapy and healthy food. Up to 60% of the immune system exists in the gut.

What else should people know about COVID-19 that has not been given enough attention in the media?

If it is not covered in the media, we probably should not discuss it.

In summary, how should people go about their daily lives now that COVID-19 has spread around the world and is now part of our daily lives?

For now, hang out with friends and family and avoid crowds and follow the rules above. Most will not get sick from this virus but you do not want to be the one who spreads it to someone who does not have the health you have and may become critically ill or die.

Dr Lodi and the team at The LifeCo Wellness Center located near Phuket International Airport have created basic and comprehensive immune boosting packages which are certainly appreciated at this time. Learn more at

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