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Few will have missed the photograph of Boris Johnson this week (June 29th, 2020), allegedly performing push ups in No 10. Ostensibly demonstrating his intent to modify his body shape considering his well-publicised experience of the symptomatic response to Sars-Cov-2 infecting many of his cells.
Prior to this, a number of the established newspapers also heavily indicated that there was going to be a top down approach to steer people away from practices that foments weight gain, to weight management and where appropriate loss and a healthier lifestyle. Read the rest of this entry »
It is becoming clear that, whilst checking for the usual suspects in effective immune defence against Sars-Cov-2 viral infection includes IgG and IgA and IgM, other mechanisms embedded in our innate and adaptive immune systems may also be at work protecting you.
Pre-infection, there already exists a range of defence strategies your immune system holds ready to deploy, and as has been discussed and explored to date (in prior e-news), it seems that not everyone exposed contracts the virus at a level that induces symptoms, or indeed even contracts the virus at all. Viral load, length of exposure, indoor/outdoor and existing state of health and immune competence all intersect to provide a ‘shield’ of resistance/resilience. Read the rest of this entry »
First let me apologise on behalf of all practitioners and clients for the product outages we are experiencing at Nutri-Link. We know how frustrating it is to find your favoured supplement is not available and more so during times of increased need. Without exhausting your patience on explanations, supply line problems, manufacturing slow downs and raw material supplies have all been part of the Coronavirus challenge. Add to that a significant increase in demand and regrettably we have been unable to meet everyone’s needs.
The changes required to resolve this are coming through, quickly and efficiently and we are expecting that back orders and manufacturing will be catching up very soon. Thank you for your continued loyalty and support, we really appreciate it. Read the rest of this entry »
The current COVID-19 pandemic has numerous actors on a global scale seeking a resolution, in effect a search for the solution to the viral infection that is dominating headlines and many global resources. Leaders in Western countries (and elsewhere) favour vaccination and despite being advised that typical vaccine development and testing can take between 18 months and forever are also suggesting (hoping) that, due to new mechanisms employed in vaccinology, that we will be offered vaccination against SARS-Cov-2 by the end of 2020!
At the time of writing there are eight vaccines worldwide that have begun human testing; managing the outcomes and ensuring no loss in vaccine confidence in the general population will be a serious risk if not managed well. The USA’s announcement of a ‘warp speed’ effort should appeal to those who have an attachment to Star Trek, but raises numerous questions around viability amongst scientists and ultimately consumers. Read the rest of this entry »
Perhaps you have started to envision what life will be like in the coming weeks and months, as countries start to transition away from the ‘lockdown’ status that many, including the UK has undertaken. It may be that looking ahead leaves you cautiously optimistic, anxious and worried, frustrated or relieved when considering all the different elements of your work and home life.
Certainly, its somewhat of an unknown project for all of us and with that comes uncertainty. Most people feel unsettled by uncertainty and for obvious reasons. Yet it also allows for opportunity and development, changes in patterns long enshrined in time constrained lives and perhaps a fresh consideration about what your priorities are going to be for the coming months and possibly years. Read the rest of this entry »
Covid-19, why is it that people manifest such differences in their response to infection? Why is it so impossible (at least at present) to predict an individual’s experience?
The consequences as we have seen and read about of being diagnosed with Covid-19 appears to come with a wide range of risks and symptom intensity. Read the rest of this entry »
Four or so months ago, no one knew that SARS-CoV-2 existed. Now, the virus has been identified in almost every country, infecting over 1.5 million people whom we know about, and many more whom we do not. Its related effects have crushed economies and broken or severely tested health-care systems, filled hospitals and emptied public spaces. It has separated people from their workplaces, families and their friends. It has disrupted society on a scale that most living people have never witnessed. It has also promoted a wide range of alternative explanations (conspiracy theories abound) and pulled together an array of national scientific institutions into a collective sharing of knowledge never seen in a lifetime. It’s likely that the world will follow a different trajectory post corona. Read the rest of this entry »
The world and our perception of our everyday lives seems to have changed so much over the past month since, in the UK at least, we have gone from 35 confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 as of the 1st March to today’s (25rd March) official figure of 9,529. Globally the figures are growing as the WHO pushes testing and there are a variety of “dashboards” and reported figures to choose from but all indicate a pandemic that most of us, if any, have no first-hand experience. COVID-19 has created a lot of fear amongst populations, an unknown mortality rate, stretched (broken) health systems and is creating immediate and devastating financial impacts to global stock markets with the economic reality for most people still to come. Pretty gloomy at best, even when trying to be optimistic, March 2020 has been a tough time for all of us.
This graphic from the Information is Beautiful data pack puts an interesting perspective on this pandemic compared with others, and perhaps reasons not to panic. China and South Korea appear to have contained the spread of the virus in so much as they are now experiencing a deceleration phase.
Overview as at 11th March 2020 (Updated 19.3.2020)
Sustained human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus in the United Kingdom and elsewhere appears today inevitable. The extent and impact of the outbreak in the UK is difficult to predict and will depend crucially on how the Government, medical professionals, and the public react. It will depend particularly on whether there is adequate funding and support for the response; fair and effective management of surging health care demand; careful and evidence-based mitigation of public fear; and necessary support and resources for fair and effective infection control. It also falls to each individual to take appropriate and regular self-defence steps, maintain a suitable level of self-hygiene and limit exposure to potential and actual vectors. The most effective way to protect against Covid-19 is to minimise encounters with other people and if possible keep two metres away when you do meet. Clean your hands frequently, keep them away from your face and cover coughs and sneezes with the bend of your elbow or a tissue.
The Covid-19 outbreak is unprecedented in the recent UK and global history (since 1918), and there is no current playbook for an epidemiological event of this scope and magnitude. To mitigate its impact, the government must act swiftly, fairly, and effectively. For up to date data visit https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus. Flattening the curve — slowing the spread of Covid-19 across space and time — is critical. The health care system cannot sustain a massive influx of infectious cases to emergency departments and hospitals. Patients with mild symptoms should stay home when possible and seek to maintain their personal health and hygiene. In public health practice, “quarantine” refers to the separation of persons (or communities) who have been exposed to an infectious disease. “Isolation,” in contrast, applies to the separation of persons who are known to be infected.
Since the 1930s, public health ofﬁcials in the United States and the United Kingdom have recommended routine fortiﬁcation of foods like milk to prevent vitamin D deﬁciency and low vitamin D status, and this was trusted to be an effective public health strategy. However, there was an increased incidence of hypercalcaemia suspected to be due to massive intakes of vitamin D from various food fortifications. In some cases, hypercalcaemia was proposed to be associated with drinking vitamin D-fortified milk and milk powder, revealing a fortification of up to 232,565 IU instead of standard 400 IU/1.5 pints, and consequently, prohibition of milk fortification followed. Discussions related to further vitamin D food based fortification are ongoing in the UK, including whether or not to fortify wheat flour, as Birmingham University researchers have proposed the health benefit to the population and cost savings to the NHS would be substantial. Read the rest of this entry »