We’ve heard so much misinformation lately; “cover yourself with sesame oil to block the virus”; “eating garlic protects you against coronavirus”; “don’t travel”; “don’t order from China!” These are all myths and its important to get informed (WHO, 2020). So, we sought out some coronavirus facts! It’s important to note, not a ton is known about this quickly spreading virus, but what we’ve compiled below is information retrieved from reputable sources for all our benefit and is not the opinion of BPM or its representatives.

The coronavirus epidemic began in late December 2019 in Wuhan, China (Tang, Wu, Li, et al., 2020). The disease is thought to have come from a Wuhan wet market, which are a known breeding ground for zoonotic diseases due to the close quarters of animals and humans. The unavoidable close contact makes it easy for disease, like the coronavirus, to pass from animals to humans (Woodward, 2020).

According to the World Health Organization, common signs of a coronavirus infection include,

  • respiratory symptoms,
  • fever, cough, shortness of breath or breathing difficulties.
  • In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death (2019).

Standard recommendations to prevent spread of the coronavirus include,

  • regular hand washing,
  • covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing,
  • thoroughly cooking meat and eggs.
  • And, try to avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing (2019).

As of March 5th, there were 34 infections in Canada with 13 in British Columbia and 1 in Victoria – a woman in her 80s who had just returned from travelling in Hong Kong and India (Coyne, 2020).  According the World Health Organization, people of any age can become infected but older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions (asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable (2020).

What can you do to keep your immune system at peak performance? We’re here to help! According to Harvard Health, a healthy lifestyle should be your first line of defense. Healthy-living strategies such as exercise, eating right, not smoking or binge drinking, getting adequate sleep, minimizing stress and maintaining a healthy weight can bolster your immune system and protect it from environmental assaults (2014).

In conclusion, protect yourself from the coronavirus just as you would a cold or flu. Stay home if you’re sick. Wash your hands, practice coughing and sneezing etiquette, eat healthy nutritious food, and book your classes to get in regular exercise 😊 The health of our members at BPM is a top priority and we always maintain good studio hygiene, sanitize everything, and use antimicrobial solutions to better protect you from harmful bacteria. We hope to see you soon!

For more information on the coronavirus visit the Island Health website below:

https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/diseases-conditions/novel-coronavirus-information

References

Coyne, T. (2020, March 5). B.C. announces 13th case of coronavirus; woman in critical condition. Retrieved from https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/b-c-announces-13th-case-of-coronavirus-woman-in-critical-condition-1.4839293

Harvard Health Publishing. (2014). How to boost your immune system. Retrieved from https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-to-boost-your-immune-system

Tang, Xiaolu, Wu, Li, Xiang, Yuhe, … Jian. (2020, March 3). On the origin and continuing evolution of SARS-CoV-2. Retrieved from https://academic.oup.com/nsr/advance-article/doi/10.1093/nsr/nwaa036/5775463?searchresult=1

WHO (2020). Coronavirus. Retrieved from https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

 

Woodward, A. (2020, February 26). Both the new coronavirus and SARS outbreaks likely started in Chinese wet markets. Photos show what the markets look like. Retrieved from https://www.businessinsider.com/wuhan-coronavirus-chinese-wet-market-photos-2020-1