In the last 48 hours I have had over 40 texts and phone calls from patients asking how they can protect themselves and their children from this latest deadly threat. The Coronavirus.

Firstly don’t panic. As with most of these ‘outbreaks’ the hype is often worse than the actual issue. Fear is loved by the media, however, we do need to be vigilant and take as many precautions as possible.

Here is some basic info on the coronavirus, and how you can keep your immune system supported so that if you are in contact with the virus, you have better immune strength to deal with it.

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Germ harbours in the house

What areas of your house are unexpectedly harbouring germs?

We wash our floors, we dust and we vacuum, we scrub our sinks and our bathrooms, so really our immediate environment should be squeaky clean, shouldn’t it? Not necessarily! Germs like the cold and flu viruses, and many other bacteria can hide away in some very unlikely and unexpected places. Let’s look at some areas in the home that we may not consider as a health hazard!

Your TV Remote Control

The whole family use the TV remote control. It will get coughed on and sneezed on. It gets dropped on the floor, and trodden on. It falls down the side or back of the lounge chair. Even the dog might have a lick now and again.

Your remote control may harbour cold viruses or even some potentially nasty bacteria such as staph germs or E. coli.

Make a note to wipe it down with an alcohol swab at least once a week. More often if anyone in the family is sick. Read More

Herpes Virus

The herpes virus is incredibly small. So small in fact that around 100 million of them could fit onto the head of a pin. Isn’t that amazing?

Around 90% of our population will have contracted one of the  herpes viruses by the time we reach adulthood. Very few people miss out on getting this virus. There are dozens  of viruses that belong to the herpes family, and fortunately for us there are only a few of them that affect humans.

We know of course that the herpes virus is highly contagious, particularly contagious at the onset of the blisters and from the fluid in the lesions and is spread by contact with the blisters, or from body fluid like saliva for instance, so be careful who you kiss!! Obviously if the virus is in the saliva, it could be passed in the air, if someone coughs or laughs, even talking!

In saying that though, around 30% of people infected with the herpes virus, will show no symptoms at all, the common symptom that we have come to expect like that of the telltale cold sore on the lips.

Very often when first contracting this virus, the symptoms will present as a sore throat, feeling tired and a bit run down, or with a few little mouth ulcers, the gland in the neck may be a bit swollen and sometimes there can be a bit of a raised temperature. Nothing to specifically indicate that you have contracted the herpes virus.

However, despite not having any obvious symptoms that we would expect to see with a herpes infection,  the body will shed the virus in body secretions at certain times, so despite the fact that they have no symptoms, if infected and shedding the virus, it can of course be passed on. No wonder it is so prevalent in todays society! Read More