Corona Virus disease or COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the new Corona Virus. Since December 2019 there has been a major outbreak of a deadly virus in Wuhan, China called Novel Corona Virus or nCoV 2019. It was initially limited to the Wuhan city only, but now it has spread globally and termed as a pandemic infectious disease. Let us understand everything that you need to know about this virus, spread of the virus, its manifestations and preventive measures and Homeopathy & COVID-19 (Corona Virus).
Where did the Corona Virus come from?
Corona Virus is the virus found in animals and rare in humans and spread from person to person. Apart from COVID-19, other corona viruses are:
- The MERS virus (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome)
- The SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)
Corona Virus has been around for a while in animals and has jumped to humans. Theories suggest that this virus may have spread from the bats to snakes and from snakes to humans.
COVID-19 (Corona Virus) causes mild flu-like symptoms to severe pneumonia and life-threatening symptoms.
Let us see symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
In severe forms of infection, or in patients with a weakened immune system, the patient can experience severe difficulty in breathing; can develop Pneumonia, Bronchitis, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
The COVID-19 has a specific incubation period of 2-14 days. Some theories suggest even 27 days of the incubation period.
How does the Corona Virus spread?
Corona virus has rapid spread through person to person contact. The virus also spreads through Respiratory droplets produced. When a person is already infected sneezes or coughs, his respiratory droplets can infect a nearby person through nose, mouth, eyes or ears.
It also spreads from touching contaminated surfaces through these droplets and then touching one’s face. Research says the virus can live on surfaces up to 72 hours.
Preventive measures of COVID-19 (Corona Virus) infection
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends the following steps for prevention of the COVID-19 (Corona Virus):
- Wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly. It is the best possible way to keep the virus away from you as the outer lipid layer of the virus gets dissolved by washing hands with soap and virus dies. It is recommended to wash your hands every time before eating food and coming back home from outside or touching on any surface which has high chances of contamination such as lift door or buttons, doorknobs, chairs, cups, tables in public spaces.
- One can also opt for an Alcohol-based sanitizer as ethanol has been effective in killing the virus.
- Do not touch your face or rub your eyes, nose, ears, especially if your hands are unwashed.
- Do not come in close contact with people who are suffering from flu-like symptoms.
- Avoid being in crowded places. If you are around people cover your nose with a mask. (it is necessary that you sanitize your hand before wearing a mask and do not touch mask with your hands or else you will end up contaminating the mask)
- Disinfect objects and frequently touched surfaces.
- Avoid eating raw or uncooked eggs and meat.
Why you should be staying home in this time of crisis?
With the total number of COVID-19 infection increasing globally each day, health officials, CDC and WHO has advised on Social Distancing.
The biggest concern is people who may have tested positive but not showing any symptoms of the disease. This person can be a carrier of disease without his knowledge. And can spread it to many other individuals.
What is the role of Homeopathy? Homeopathy & COVID-19 (Corona Virus)
There can be 3 approaches in Homoeopathy management of COVID-19
- Genus Epidemicus: “GENUS EPIDEMICUS” termed used for the medicine which is indicated in the majority of the patients affected by an epidemic disease (which attacks many persons with very similar sufferings from the same cause).
- Constitutional Approach: A medicine that has been working well in the patient previously. We can think of remedies like Pulsatilla, Calcarea Carb, and Lycopodium as long-acting and also have a marked action on the chest and it has worked with the patient to relieve most of the conditions. Constitutional medicine is known to improve immunity.
- Anti- Miasmatic/Nosode: When no other symptoms are available. Remedies like Tuberculinum, Tuberculinum Aviare, and Carcinocin can be used with a specific action on the lungs. Such an approach can definitely help the patient to recover faster in some of the difficult cases who are not responding to the normal line of treatment
COVID-19 (Corona Virus) Symptoms
Common symptoms include:
- Dry cough.
Other symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Aches and pains
- Sore throat
- and very few people will report diarrhoea, nausea or a runny nose.
Let’s find these Corona Virus Rubrics from homeopathy repertories. Rubrics to consider based on COVID-19 symptoms are as below.
- [Cough]DRY: Fever: During
- [Generalities] WEAKNESS: Fever: During
- [Head]PAIN, HEADACHE: Fever: During
- [Stomach] NAUSEA: Fever: During
- [Generalities] PAIN: Tearing: Muscles: Fever heat, during
- [Chest] INFLAMMATION: Lungs, pneumonia: Influenza, in or after
- [Chest] INFLAMMATION: Bronchial tubes, bronchitis: Influenza, in
- [Generalities]SUDDEN MANIFESTATIONS
- [Nose]CORYZA: Extending to: Chest
You can use Zomeo Repertory Software to search and record these symptoms from built-in repertories.
On Recording and Repertorizing the symptoms using Zomeo we get the sheet as below.
With the rubrics repertorized, homeopathy remedy Arsenic Album covers all the symptoms.
Why Arsenic Album?
As we found that gathering the symptoms of COVID-19 infection, Arsenic Album is the remedy that covers most of the symptoms.
Indications of Arsenic Album
- Worse, wet weather, after midnight; from cold, cold drinks, or cold food.
- Better from heat; from head elevated; warm drinks.
- Cold sweats. Complete exhaustion. Great restlessness.
- –Disturbed, anxious, restless.
- Fear of Death
- Fear of Disease
- During the fever, the thirst increases because he has dry mouth, and he drinks little and often
- Arsenic also has marked aggravation from crowd, fear, restlessness in the crowd
- It has descending cold, affinity for lungs
- Arsenic has all the violence of the chill that you can find in any remedy, with excitement, headache, prostration, dry mouth, desire for hot drinks and to be covered up warmly, with all the anxious restlessness and prostration.
Arsenic Album is also a remedy that comes up when we see the rubric [Nose]CORYZA: Extending to: Chest, which is a classical symptom of COVID-19 (Corona Virus) infection.
Every case of flu is NOT a Corona Virus Infection. In case you have symptoms of flu, instead of self-medication, it is best to visit a qualified Health Care practitioner and get yourself treated. Do not panic but be vigilant.
Please note: This article provides information on COVID-19 (Corona Virus), a few symptoms covered in homeopathy. The article DOES NOT suggest ANY form of self-medication. Consult a physician if you develop any symptoms.
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