We do not “catch” a cold, or flu. We are continually exposed to viruses which triggers our immune system to spring into action to fight the invaders, and if our bodies are well cared for, we will not develop full-blown symptoms of disease. It is when we are not meeting our daily nutritional and lifestyle needs (water, rest, exercise/stress release, emotional/spiritual connection) that makes us more vulnerable for the invaders to multiply and cause havoc. Our bodies will generate a fever to help a weakened immune system’s T-Killer cells to be able to better hunt down the pathogens. It can be helpful to let the fever assist, and here is a chart from babies to adults when it is time to intervene.
Air travel has made it so disease can spread rapidly before containment practices kick in. Dr. Li Wenliang, a Chinese doctor hailed as a hero who was hard at work at ground zero, tried to warn officials in December that a new serious virus was infecting people, but the authorities used their tactics to force him to sign a statement denouncing his warning as an unfounded rumor. (He died of the coronavirus now officially called COVID19 on February 7th). SARS, the first pandemic of this century started in 2002, and in the 8 months it was active it spread to 29 countries, infected 8098 and 774 died before it was contained. In comparison, the COVID19 in two months has spread to 30 countries, with close to 85,000 diagnosed, and close to 3,000 have died. What can one do to help avoid and be able to better fight viruses?
Finally, if there is someone in your household that does come down with a cold or flu, one is more exposed to the pathogen by touching a contaminated surface than being exposed to a sneeze. Besides the practice of frequent handwashing and not sharing eating utensils, there is an often-overlooked way that the proliferation of the virus is spread in the home. When one has a multiplying virus, it passes on through our bodies when we use the toilet. If one flushes the toilet without closing the lid, everything in the toilet (urine, fecal matter, viruses, germs, bacteria) is contained in a very fine spray that reaches up 6 feet and out 10 feet contaminating surfaces. (How gross if toothbrushes are exposed!) Wiping down surfaces with a rag won’t take care of it, it will require disinfecting. It is a very good habit to always flush with the lid down!
The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. Matthew 8:8
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