respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Prevention Of The Coronavirus
There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
TED-Ed’s Video explains how Oxygen and your body
We all know that having a good supply of oxygen to your body will help with many complex things including your immune system.
Oxygen is essential for healthy cell maintenance, for cellular healing, repair and cellular reproduction. It also plays a vital role in proper metabolic functions, blood circulation and the assimilation of nutrients, digestion, and the elimination of cellular and metabolic wastes. Read More
Molecular oxygen,O2, is essential for cellular respiration in all aerobic organisms. Oxygen is used as an electron acceptor in mitochondria to generate chemical energy. Take a look inside the cell to see these “powerhouses” of the cell.
is largely composed of oxygen. Scientists are now discovering how low levels of oxygen can disrupt the body’s ability to function correctly. Scientists also agree that oxygen plays a powerful and primary role in our overall health and well-being.
A growing number of researchers agree that the best way to improve health may be related to the optimum oxygenation of every cell.
Today, cutting edge researchers believe that even relatively healthy people may have trouble extracting all of the oxygen they need from the air. In fact, the air itself is becoming more and more polluted, making oxygen extraction more difficult.
Physiologists understand that breathing polluted air or breathing air that contains less oxygen puts tremendous stress on the human body.
What benefits does oxygen provide?
Oxygen is essential for healthy cell maintenance, for cellular healing, repair and cellular reproduction. It also plays a vital role in proper metabolic functions, blood circulation and the assimilation of nutrients, digestion, and the elimination of cellular and metabolic wastes.
Oxygen allows the body to:
and boost the immune system without side effects
Does oxygen regulate metabolic processes?
All metabolic processes in the body are regulated by oxygen. Our brains process billions of bits of information each second. Our metabolic processes work to rid our bodies of waste and toxins. Even our abilities to think, feel and act require oxygen-related energy production.
What factors affect oxygen supplies?
Factors that may affect our body’s precious oxygen supply are: diminishing amounts of atmospheric oxygen; an unhealthy diet resulting in oxygen shortages; excessive stress; individuals with chronically acidic systems; oxygen shortages due to infection; and lack of exercise.
HOW CAN DIET & STRESS CAUSE OXYGEN DEFICIENCY?
Diet – Eating junk food on a regular basis forces the body to use up more of its oxygen reserves than usual in order to metabolize the preservatives and what few nutrients may actually be in the “food”. Complex carbohydrates and raw fruits and vegetables are high in oxygen with as much as 50% of the weight of these foods made up of oxygen.
Dense food compounds such as fats and proteins, and oxygen-robbing foods like processed sugar, white flour, alcohol, and caffeinated drinks are not only low in oxygen content, but also require extra oxygen from the body to convert them into energy which further depletes the body’s oxygen reserves.
The body has to divert needed oxygen from primary metabolic functions such as heartbeat, blood flow, brain function and immune response just to oxidize and metabolize these foods.
Stress – Any excessive stress – including a heavy workload, traumatic or intense events in your life, prolonged depression and anxiety – can rob the body of huge amounts of its much-needed oxygen.
Emotional stress produces adrenaline and adrenaline-related hormones, requiring the body to draw on its oxygen reserves for their production and eventual oxidation. Infection also depletes the body’s oxygen, which is used to combat bacteria.
Will exercise increase oxygen intake?
The body responds to exercise by increasing oxygen intake by breathing hard and deeper.
This increase in blood oxygen levels helps the body perform two very important functions. First, the additional oxygen permits the creation and release of more energy for the exercise. Second, the increased supply of oxygen is utilized by the body to remove by-product wastes that are the result of a higher metabolic rate. A sedentary lifestyle can inhibit the removal of toxic wastes from the body.
Can low levels of oxygen contribute to infection in the body?
When body oxygen falls to extremely low levels for prolonged periods of time, the body may become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and other infectious agents.
Some research indicates that when the oxygen content of the body is within a normal level, infectious microorganisms have a more difficult time breeding and multiplying.
The partial pressure of oxygen in normal blood should be approximately 97%. Within each red blood cell are iron-rich hemoglobin molecules. Approximately 97% of the oxygen carried to the cells is attached to these hemoglobin molecules with 3% of the oxygen supply dissolved in the blood plasma.
When your blood oxygen levels remain low for extended periods of time, the cells cannot get an adequate and consistent supply of oxygen and they may have difficulty resisting the invasion of microorganisms.
Sufficient oxygen helps the body in its ability to rebuild itself and maintain a strong and healthy immune system.
Can Oxygen help the skin promote a healthy body?
New research reveals that our skin gets its oxygen from the atmosphere, not the bloodstream!
The oxygen reserves from air provide the highest percentage (from 0.25-0.4mm) to the skin, with more than 70% of oxygen!
This area includes the outer layer of living cells and the inner layer of the dermis, which contains sweat glands and fine roots. There are three layers of skin: the epidermis (outer layer), the dermis (middle layer), and fat (the deepest layer).
Our skin is the largest organ in the human body and it has several functions. It prevents the body from losing water and other fluids, stores fat, cools the body when sweat evaporates, and produces vitamin D.
It also protects the body from infections, harmful UV (sun) rays, foreign substances, chemicals and bacteria, wounds, and helps to maintain the temperature and other homeostatic functions.
The protection is easily affected by exposure to elements such as dry air, cold or heat. These conditions dry the skin and create microscopic cracks on the surface.