Corona – How to boost your mental health in times of social distancing during COVID-19

In this video, the ENAD team put together the most imporant things to enhance your mental health and help you to get through this coronavirus crisis during a time of social isolation…

Probably the most spoken word of the year. Starting in China this virus travelled from one person to another, to all over the world. In order to get rid of this disease again, we are all limited in our every day life. If you are staying at home for such a long time, it may be natural to get frustrated that you cannot do everything you want.
We as an ENAD team put together 7 things that will enhance your mental health in order to get through this crisis.

1. Get closer to people at home

When life is very busy, we tend to have little time for each other, especially for the ones that are closest to us. This crisis is a chance to connect to our loved ones that live in our homes. So set aside your devices and talk to each other. If you are alone, it is important to stay connected to those who are your emotional support.

2. Increase your physical activity for at least an hour a day.

In some places, hiking on trails in the open air is not yet forbidden. Take advantage of the extra time you have now. Moving your body does not only benefit your apearing, it also produces serotonin and therefore enhances your happiness an strenghten your immunsystem to fight against coronavirus

3. Re-organize your house

Since you are at home this is the perfect opportunity to start working on making every room enjoyable and clean. Get rid of clutter, catch up on your email, rearrange your furniture, and consider how to pare down where you have excess. Setting a timer for 15 minutes at a time can be a great way to get start.

4. Expand your skills

Use your time to learn how to perform enjoyable and brain enhancing activities every day. Try a new recipie, learn to play an instrument, start singing, drawing or learn a new language. Stay away from screens as much as possible.

5. Plant a garden

Try growing your own food. Spending time in nature is important for your mental health. You can get seedlings from grocery stores, or purchase them online. Also: A garden doesn’t have to be a raised bed – raising plants in pots is still rewarding.

6. Quit keeping up with the latest COVID-19 news

It is exhausting to see the changes hour-by-hour. Because you are already doing your part, there is nothing more you can usefully do by keeping up with the latest statistics or politics. Dont waste your time and go do one of the other 5 things of this video.

7. Explore your spirituality

So often we do not have or take the time needed to evaluate the state of our own spirituality. You now have this golden opportunity apart from the hustle and bustle of normal life. Spend a thoughtful hour reading the bible or a spiritual book, praying or spend time evaluating what you believe. You can also take an online bible-study course in the link below. Thoughtful moments will bolster your mental wellbeing.

Go and try one of those 7 things today, if you are not already doing it, and take care of your mental health. Also, check out our social media and other articles about coronavirus on our website.


Corona – Lessons from the 1918 flu & Application to COVID-19

Can treatments used during the 1918 Spanish Flu outbreak be used to combat the pandemic we currently face? Learn from top medical professionals from the US for an online symposium as they share lessons learned that could be applied today!

Continuing education credits can acquired by attending this online symposium. For more information, go to

Sponsored by AWR360 Health in partnership with GC Health, NAD Health, Your Best Pathway to Health, Weimar Institute, Oakhaven, and others.
Special Guest Speaker: President and CEO Loma Linda University Health
Host: Dr. Lela Lewis, Medical Director AWR360 Health and CEO/Founder Your Best Pathway to Health

Panelists in Order of Speaking:
Dr. Peter Landless, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Health Ministry Director
Dr. Richard Hart, President of Loma Linda University Health and CEO Loma Linda University Health,
Dr. Neil Nedley, President Weimar College
Dr. Roger Seheult Pulmonologist, Intensivist, Founder MedCram
Dr. John Kelly, President Oakhaven and Founder of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine
Dr. Charles Zeno Marcel, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists – Assistant Director
Dr. Mark Finley, Assistant to the President, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Dr. Duane McKey, President of AWR

Source: Youtube – Adventist World Radio

A New (Old) Treatment for COVID-19



Pandemic COVID-19.  What can/should we do?

Having reached nearly 1.8 million reported cases globally, with reported deaths of nearly 110,000 this pandemic is reaching all corners of the globe and affecting all sections of society.

The impact on each population is profoundly affected by the decisions made by local and federal governments to promote handwashing and early social distancing and the extent to which a society is able to comply with that.  The ultimate solution to the pandemic, an effective vaccine is 12-18 months away. At the other end of the clinical course, hospital and ICU staff are either struggling to find adequate PPE, beds, ventilators and new treatments to minimise the substantial morbidity and mortality or preparing for the surge in clinical needs depending on where their city is in the course of the spread of the virus.  The resources that are able to be amassed to fight end stage COVID-19 are vastly different depending on the health system of the country affected.  

COVID-19 has a known clinical course (with the obvious variation of asymptomatic carriage). On average around day 5 become symptomatic, get tested (if testing available in patients region), then go home to wait and see what happens.  If they are lucky they become one of the 80% who recover without hospitalisation or if not, around day 12, they will need to go into a hospital with resources stretched beyond capacity, and will have significantly worse morbidity and mortality.  There is no active treatment in this middle stage of the clinical course, the outcome of which predominantly depends on whether their innate immune function is able to overcome SARS CoV-2’s direct impairment. Fever is well known to enhance innate and adaptive immunity.  

In Newcastle, Australia, we are proposing research into whether heat applied to the body as a proxy for fever can alter the clinical course of COVID-19 and decrease the likelihood of hospitalisation and poor clinical outcomes.  This sort of research is incumbent upon clinicians and countries that have the wherewithal, to support the global fight against COVID-19. In other countries, clinicians may choose to act on biological plausibility and clinical imperative alone.

Immune Pathophysiology of Coronaviruses causing SARS, MERS and COVID-19

Coronavirus infections that result in SARS, MERS and COVID-19 show the viruses are able to actively impair the innate immune response, in particular the Type 1 interferon (IFN) response from infected cells (such as Type 2 alveolar cells and likely macrophages and T cells).  They also (either directly or as a result of decreased IFN Type 1) impair monocytes and other innate immune cells (eg natural killer cells) which are required to phagocytose virus and present it to lymphocytes to switch on adaptive immunity [1-3].  

…excessive type I IFN with the infiltrated myeloid cells are the main cause of lung dysfunction and negatively impact the outcome of the infection. It is speculated that upon SARS-CoV or MERS-CoV infection, delayed type I IFN compromises the early viral control, leading to influx of hyperinflammatory neutrophils and monocytes-macrophages. The increases in these innate immune cells yields deteriorating consequences to infected host that manifested in lung immunopathology, including pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome. In SARS-CoV-2 infection, similar scenario is expected with varying degree of immune interference. Interestingly, transmission of virus is reported to occur even in asymptomatic infected individuals. This may be indicative of delayed early response of the innate immune response. Based on the accumulated data for previous coronavirus infection, innate immune response plays a crucial role in protective or destructive responses and may open a window for immune intervention. Active viral replication later results in hyperproduction type I IFN and influx of neutrophils and macrophages which are the major sources of pro-inflammatory cytokines. With similar changes in total neutrophils and lymphocytes during COVID19, SARS-CoV-2 probably induces delayed type I IFN and loss of viral control in an early phase of infection. Individuals susceptible to CoVID19 are those with underlying diseases, including diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.2 In addition, no severe cases were reported in young children, when innate immune response is highly effective. These facts strongly indicate that innate immune response is a critical factor for disease outcome. [2]

Eighty percent of patients are able to overcome this direct innate immune suppression by the virus, mount a reasonable innate (and consequently a good adaptive) immune response and clear the virus. In about twenty percent of patients (predominantly those with impaired immunity to start with, for example – from age or obesity and it’s consequent diseases) this direct inhibition by the virus results in it being able to replicate relatively unchecked in the early days of the infection.  A few days to a week later, the body is confronted with large amounts of virus and there is an over exuberant immune response from the recruited neutrophils, monocytes and macrophages. The resultant hyperproduction of proinflammatory cytokines, the so-called “cytokine storm”, results in acute lung injury +/- ARDS +/- multi-organ failure +/- death [1-3]. See the diagram on the previous page.  

Early research has shown in vitro pretreatment of cells with IFN Type 1 in the days prior to infection shows a massive sustained reduction in viral replication and likely would result in a good in vivo result [4].   However IFN Type 1 is not yet an available experimental treatment. There are a number of other therapeutic trials showing promise with such treatments as vitamin C, plaquenil, zinc, even injection with natural killer cells etc but globally most patients are unable to access these as either in, or outpatients.   As for the case of the immune treatments like administered IFN or NK cells: what if we could do more than just increase one cytokine or cell line? What if we could activate the whole of the immune system?

How can we overcome immune inhibition by SARS CoV-2?

Fever is known to increase innate and acquired immune activity in multiple ways including:

  • increased release of heat shock proteins
  • increased phagocytic potential of dendritic cells and macrophages  
  • increased migration of APCs to regional lymph nodes, 
  • increased recruitment of neutrophils to lungs 
  • increased neutrophil activity
  • enhanced natural killer recruitment and activity  
  • increased numbers of lymphocytes. 

This is also true for induced hyperthermia eg  as created by injecting lipopolysaccharide (bacterial cell wall component) into mice or sitting in a warm bath for humans.[5,6] Hyperthermia not only optimises immune function it also directly inhibits viral replication [5].  Most importantly in the case of COVID-19, a number of studies have demonstrated that elevated body temperatures substantially augment Interferon Type 1 (IFNα) production/activity in response to viral infection [6-9] AND monocyte function[11] ie the immune processes that the virus directly inhibits.  By utilising induced hyperthermia to overcome the initial roadblocks that SARS-CoV-2 setup, the immune system is primed to proceed with a normal inflammatory response and clear the virus, rather than progress to inflammatory complications.

Fever is a good immune system enhancer as discussed above, however, there are two problems:  

  1. Not everyone mounts a good fever response to infection especially not the old and obese.  Immunosenescence (the decline in immune function with age, and obesity and its consequences) is mediated in part by impaired monocyte function[12,13]. 
  2. Fever is metabolically expensive with every degree of body temperature elevation requiring an increase in BMR of 10-12.5%.  

Mild hyperthermia induced by hydrotherapy potentially addresses both of these problems[5,11].

How can immune enhancement by hyperthermia help clinically?

The first week after diagnosis with COVID-19 infection is essentially being wasted at home.   If during that time we induced hyperthermia at home, with simple hydrotherapeutic techniques, we could directly stimulate the whole of the innate and adaptive immune response but in particular we may be able to partially or completely overcome the direct immune depressant effects of COVID-19 on INF and monocytes in the early days of infection.   If we are able to diminish the need for hospitalisation by even 5% of total infections that would be a 25% decrease in numbers requiring admission, substantially reducing the overstretched resources globally and will potentially save many lives. This potential treatment is even more important as an option for people in developing nations without a readily available hospital system, replete with ICU support.  

Hydrotherapy and COVID-19

Hydrotherapeutic hyperthermia can be induced in a number of ways, but one of the easiest  involves sitting in a warm to hot bath till sweaty, then having a douse of cold water to vasoconstrict the external vessels and keep the heat in, then resting in a warm bed for ½ an hour. The potential risks of this treatment include vasovagals due to vasodilation or arrhythmias induced by the cold water shock. Hydrotherapy is highly modifiable treatment   and can be performed with a patient in bed, in a chair or in a bath/shower with whatever is available to hand. It can also be adapted to suit the patients comorbidities and clinical status. Anecdotally, a physiotherapy colleague of mine has used therapeutic hyperthermia to good effect in many different situations around the globe. For example, by wrapping Karen refugees without access to any medical care, in black plastic to heat and then cooling off with a dip in the river for tropical PUO (likely Dengue or malaria).  When utilised in conjunction with standard medical care while working in a hospital in Bangkok, my colleague saw patients in hospital with Dengue fever fit to go home in 3 days when it usually took 7-10 days.

Could inducing a fever early just speed up the time to cytokine storm and not alter the clinical pathway at all?  

Reassuringly there is good evidence to suggest that early fever or induced hyperthermia plays a homeostatic role in managing the inflammatory course, and its outcomes, for good or ill. For example, thermal stress initially increases proinflammatory cytokine release from macrophages but, once they are activated, synthesis decreases. In addition, activated or “heat experienced” macrophages produce less TNF, IL6 and IL1beta in febrile temperatures, than heat inexperienced ones.[5]

What about those who are not infected but would like to optimise immune function today?  The evidence is a little less clear at a population rather than cellular level, (smaller studies, more observational, hard to blind people etc) but heat, then cold exposure has been shown to improve immune function, especially when used over longer periods [14,15,16]. 

A case report[17] followed the clinical course of a patient in Melbourne, Australia who recovered from COVID-19 after a brief hospitalisation.  There was a marked increase of adaptive immune cells around day 7, three days prior to alleviation of symptoms (still with noticeably low monocytes common to SARS CoV-2 infections).  It would be useful to have some comparative case studies showing what happens daily to the clinical course in COVID-19 with hydrotherapy. Taking a FBC at least on days 3 and 6 would show quickly whether immune suppression was taking place, or being overcome by the treatments and give a good prediction as to whether the patient was likely to need hospitalisation on day 12, or go on to make a good clinical resolution.  Case reports and historical records from when this treatment was used in the Spanish influenza pandemic suggest that the WCC should surge at day three (illustrating a rapid transition to acquired immunity) and bring about clinical resolution potentially around 4 days earlier than without hydrotherapy. 

It is worth noting that practicing Evidence Based Medicine is an excellent thing that helps keep us and our patients safe.  However during this pandemic ICUs and health care workers around the globe are just trying to figure out what works. There are no long term, multicentre RCTs to guide us at this stage, just clinical experience that guides expert opinion.  Once anecdotal evidence mounts, it is guiding smaller clinical trials and RCTs in regional centres. There are just too many lives to try to save to waste time waiting for someone else to deliver gold standard evidence. Not having an RCT to support a type of treatment is not stopping intensive care clinicians from trying any therapeutic modality that makes physiological sense and is available to hand.  I believe in this situation, primary care physicians, public health physicians and ID physicians should be following their lead. 

Treatment/Research Plans…

As we are making good progress in “flattening the curve” in Australia we have the opportunity to formally assess whether immune stimulation by mild hyperthermia from hydrotherapy can alter clinical outcomes.  Not every country or city is in our position. Some clinicians may choose to trial this old/new treatment for infectious disease without recent trials. This therapy is scientifically plausible, at little to no cost, readily available, and can be safely utilised by patients in their own homes with a little education and common sense.  Like all treatments hydrotherapy is not without risks eg falls from postural hypotension or arrythmias triggered by cold stimulation. If clinicians and patients are aware of the risks and contraindications to this therapy it can be considered on a case by case basis.

Detailed protocols, as well as precautions/contraindications, are available at  This information is based on clinical experience and historical textbooks/records of treatment of the Spanish Influenza pandemic.   These protocols, used with care, can be utilised to possibly:

  1. help keep patients out of hospital (more acute care for those who really need it) 
  2. diminish asymptomatic and presymptomatic shed in the community (slow community spread) especially in the young who are at least risk from this illness and are the most likely to share it without knowing it
  3. optimise our own immune function to help keep us all working safely as long as is required..

Author: Dr Emma Campbell BMed FRACGP



Highlighted in bold are the two most useful resources, if you only have time to look at a couple of papers.

  1. Channappanavar R, Fehr AR, Zheng J, Wohlford-Lenane C, Abrahante JE, Mack M, Sompallae R, McCray PB Jr, Meyerholz DK, Perlman S. IFN-I response timing relative to virus replication determines MERS coronavirus infection outcomes. J Clin Invest. 2019 Jul 29;130:3625-3639. doi: 10.1172/JCI126363. eCollection 2019 Jul 29. PubMed PMID: 31355779; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6715373.
  2. Prompetchara E, Ketloy C, Palaga T. Immune responses in COVID-19 and potential vaccines: Lessons learned from SARS and MERS epidemic. Asian Pac J Allergy Immunol. 2020 Mar;38(1):1-9. doi: 10.12932/AP-200220-0772. Review. PubMed PMID: 32105090.
  3. Channappanavar R, Perlman S. Pathogenic human coronavirus infections: causes and consequences of cytokine storm and immunopathology. Semin Immunopathol. 2017 Jul;39(5):529-539. doi: 10.1007/s00281-017-0629-x. Epub 2017 May 2. Review. PubMed PMID: 28466096; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7079893.
  4. Lokugamage KG, Schindewolf C, Menachery VD. SARS-CoV-2 sensitive to type I interferon pretreatment. unpublished.Forthcoming;
  5. Evans SS, Repasky EA, Fisher DT. Fever and the thermal regulation of immunity: the immune system feels the heat. Nat Rev Immunol. 2015 Jun;15(6):335-49. doi: 10.1038/nri3843. Epub 2015 May 15. Review. PubMed PMID: 25976513; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4786079
  6. El-Radhi AS. Fever management: Evidence vs current practice. World J Clin Pediatr. 2012 Dec 8;1(4):29-33. doi: 10.5409/wjcp.v1.i4.29. eCollection 2012 Dec 8. Review. PubMed PMID: 25254165; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4145646.
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  8. Manzella JP, Roberts NJ Jr. Human macrophage and lymphocyte responses to mitogen stimulation after exposure to influenza virus, ascorbic acid, and hyperthermia. J Immunol. 1979 Nov;123(5):1940-4. PubMed PMID: 489966.
  9. Knippertz I, Stein MF, Dörrie J, Schaft N, Müller I, Deinzer A, Steinkasserer A, Nettelbeck DM. Mild hyperthermia enhances human monocyte-derived dendritic cell functions and offers potential for applications in vaccination strategies. Int J  Hyperthermia. 2011;27(6):591-603. doi: 10.3109/02656736.2011.589234. PubMed PMID: 21846195.
  10. Prow NA, Tang B, Gardner J, Le TT, Taylor A, Poo YS, Nakayama E, Hirata TDC, Nakaya HI, Slonchak A, Mukhopadhyay P, Mahalingam S, Schroder WA, Klimstra W, Suhrbier A. Lower temperatures reduce type I interferon activity and promote alphaviral arthritis. PLoS Pathog. 2017 Dec;13(12):e1006788. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1006788. eCollection 2017 Dec. PubMed PMID: 29281739; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5770078
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  13. Parisi MM, Grun LK, Lavandoski P, Alves LB, Bristot IJ, Mattiello R, Mottin CC, Klamt F, Jones MH, Padoin AV, Guma FCR, Barbé-Tuana FM. Immunosenescence Induced by Plasma from Individuals with Obesity Caused Cell Signaling Dysfunction and Inflammation. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2017 Sep;25(9):1523-1531. doi: 10.1002/oby.21888. Epub 2017 Jul 14. PubMed PMID: 28707376
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COVID-19 and your mind

Dr. Mark Sandoval, president of Uchee Pines Institute and Health Ministries director of the Gulf State Conference, explains the impact the mind has on developing infections from infectious diseases.

COVID-19 Treatment

Dr. Mark Sandoval, president of Uchee Pines Institute and Health Ministries director of the Gulf State Conference, explains hydrotherapy and other measures to use when experiencing flu like symptoms.

A written summary of the video can be found here.

Immunsystem in der Zeit der Coronakrise stärken

Die Coronakrise hat uns blitzschnell aufgezeigt, wie “verwundbar” wir als Menschen sind. Gerade in Zeiten wie diesen ist ein starkes Immunsystem unerlässlich. Hier ein paar Tipps, was Sie tun können, um ihr Immunsystem zu fördern:

Eine pflanzenbasierte Kost, wäre die beste Option, da sie reich an antioxidativen Stoffen ist und keine proinflammatorischen Stoffe enthält, welche wir in tierischen Produkten finden. Öle und Fette sollten auf ein Minimum reduziert werden, da auch diese entzündungsfördernd sind und zudem das Entgiftungsorgan, die Leber, in ihrer Tätigkeit überfordern. Es ist ratsam konzentrierte, raffinierte Kohlenhydrate/Zucker und weißmehlhaltige Nahrungsmittel wie Schokolade, Kekse, Weißbrot etc. prinzipiell aus der Ernährung herauszunehmen, insbesondere aber jetzt. Industriell gefertigte Lebensmittel sind dem Immunsystem nicht dienlich.
Intervallfasten 16/8, ist zurzeit in aller Munde. Auch dies stärkt unser Immunsystem immens, da der Körper in der Nacht sich ausruhen kann und da er nicht durch den energieraubenden Prozess der Verdauung gehindert wird, seine Regenerationstätigkeit durchzuführen. Des Weiteren führt auch ein längerer Fastenprozess, wie Intervallfasten von mindestens 12 Stunden oder länger zu einem Autophagiemechanismus – der Körper erkennt Viren, entsorgt sie und tötet sie ab. Intervallfasten bedeutet 16 Stunden nichts zu essen, und in den verbleibenden 8 Stunden kann man 1-2 Mahlzeiten zu sich nehmen ohne Zwischenmahlzeiten. Gut wäre zu frühstücken und die letzte Mahlzeit um 16 Uhr zu sich zu nehmen.
Es wäre gut, Nahrung zu sich zu nehmen, welche viel Betacarotin enthält, da es die Abwehrzellen des Körpers erhöht: Karotten, Kürbis, Süsskartoffel, Kräuter (Petersilie und Dill…), Grünkohl, Spinat und andere grüne Blattgemüsesorten. Auch Nahrung, die reich an Vitamin C ist: Paprika, Orangen, Zitrone, Karotten, Kohl (Kohlrabi, Grünkohl, Rosenkohl) und Sanddorn.
Unser Mikrobiom (die Gesamtheit der Bakterien im Darm) wird durch das, was wir ihm durch die Nahrung zuführen, aufgebaut. Mit pflanzlicher Kost, und hier insbesondere durch Ballaststoffe, erhalten die guten Darmbakterien ihre Nährstoffe und führen zu einer Reduktion der unvorteilhaften Darmbakterien. Die guten Darmbakterien unterstützen das Immunsystem, während die schlechten es schwächen. Wir wissen, dass 60-70 % des Immunsystems darmassoziiert sind. Da ist es nachvollziehbar, dass wir unser Bestes tun sollten, um das Mikrobiom gesund zu erhalten. Die pflanzliche Kost führt zu einer Vielfalt an Darmbakterien. Je höher die Diversität der Darmbakterien, umso aktiver und effizienter das Immunsystem. Gut wäre es auch, Obst und Gemüse zu kaufen, das biologisch angebaut wurde oder aus dem eigenen Garten kommt, da diese mehr sekundäre Pflanzenstoffe enthalten. Wenn man auf eine pflanzlich basierte Ernährung umstellt, kommt es bereits nach 24 Stunden zur Veränderung der Darmflora, mitunter zur Stärkung der guten Darmbakterien.
Medikamente: Protonenpumpenhemmer (Magenschutzmedikamente) sollten, soweit als möglich, nicht verwendet werden, da diese unsere Darmflora schwächen und auch zu einer Erhöhung der Darm-Permeabilität führen.

Jeden Tag ein flotter Spaziergang, hilft uns den Stress abzubauen, die Darmtätigkeit anzukurbeln und verbessert die Durchblutung, welches sich wieder positiv auf das Immunsystem auswirkt. Wenn man nicht hinaus kann, so gibt es Möglichkeiten zu Hause Gymnastikübungen und auch Ausdauertraining durchzuführen.

Wasser – innerlich: Regelmäßiges Wassertrinken tagsüber hilft, das der Virus sich nicht in der Nasenscheidewand festsetzen kann, sondern dass der Virus in den Verdauungstrakt gelangt und dort durch die Magensäure abgetötet wird. Daher bitte auch wenn möglich keine säurehemmenden Medikamente wie Magenschutzmedikamente einnehmen.
Wasser – äußerlich: Präventiv und auch wenn man eine leichte Verkühlung hat, kann man Wechselduschen durchführen. Sauna ist sehr förderlich, sofern man kein Fieber hat. Wenn man bereits erkrankt ist, bieten sich Überwärmungsbäder oder heiß/kalte Formentation an, aber bitte nur unter entsprechend fachkundiger Aufsicht. Viren mögen keine Wärme, so bieten sich Warme-Bäder an.

Licht und Sonnenschein
Vitamin D ist wichtig für das Immunsystem. Deshalb sollte man sich an der frischen Luft aufhalten, vornehmlich wirksam zwischen 11:30 und 15:00 Uhr, für mindestens 15 Minuten, ohne Cremen mit Sonnenschutzfaktor, da diese die Produktion von Vitamin D verhindern. Wem dies nicht möglich ist und man zu niedrige Vitamin D Werte hat, sollte Vitamin D substituiert werden. Es werden hierdurch mitunter mehr T-Zellen produziert und es führt auch zu einer Verbesserung des Schlafes. Ein zweistündiger Spaziergang im Freien, führt zu einer 25 % Erhöhung der T-Zellen. Vitamin D Versorgung für 10 Tage mit 10.000 IE/d und danach 4.000 IE/d.

Bewusstes Atmen wie mindestens 10 tiefe Atemzüge reduziert den Stress um ca. 40 %. Erreger können sich dadurch nicht in der Lunge festsetzen. Das regelmäßige gründliche Lüften von Räumen führt neben frischer Luft auch dazu, dass der Virengehalt der Luft in Räumen reduziert wird.

Schlaf / Ruhe
Eine der wirkungsvollsten Maßnahmen gegen eine grippale Infektion ist der ausreichende Schlaf und zwar am besten bereits vor Mitternacht, da hier das Immunsystem die notwendige Energie bekommt, um effektiv zu arbeiten. Da der Melatoninspiegel seinen Peak um 2 Uhr morgens erreicht und dies nur aufgebaut wird, wenn man schläft, empfiehlt es sich besonders jetzt spätestens um 21:30 Uhr ins Bett zu gehen.

Meiden Sie Stress, denn Angst und Panik schwächen das Immunsystem. „Menschen ohne Hoffnung werden krank. Kranke ohne Hoffnung sterben.“ Diese pointiert formulierte Erkenntnis beschreibt den Stellenwert der Hoffnung für die Gesundheit. Der Verlust der Hoffnung ist eines der Leitsymptome einer Depression. Immer mehr Menschen sind davon betroffen. Hoffnungslosigkeit ist einer der Hauptrisikofaktoren für Suizid und krankheitsbedingten, vorzeitigen Tod. Hoffnung dagegen ist zukunftsgerichtet. Der Anker der Hoffnung ist das Vertrauen in die göttliche Kraft. Die uralte Zusage: „Ich bin der Herr, der Dich heilt“ ist heute noch gültig. Hunderte wissenschaftlicher Studien belegen, dass  gesunder Glaube, auf vielfältige Art und Weise Hoffnung stärkt. die körperliche und seelische Gesundheit fördert und die Lebensqualität steigert. Vertrauen kann man lernen. Wer vertraut gewinnt.

Händewaschen für mindestens 20 Sekunden mit einer herkömmlichen Seife. Wenn man gesund ist und sich nicht anstecken möchte, könnte man eine Maske der Klasse FFP3 bzw. FFP2 mit Ventil tragen. Ansonsten ist der gebotene Mindestabstand von 1 Meter das Gebot der Stunde.

Dr. med. Lydia Schlatter, Ärztin für Allgemeinmedizin