The SARS 2 Coronavirus is still mysterious in many ways, and while scientists are working hard to learn everything they can about it, there are some things we already know about how to best protect ourselves, and how to support better immune system response.
To protect yourself from infection:
Behave how you would if someone you know just told you they have a cold or flu and you were worried about catching it. You wouldn’t give them a hug; you’d give them space (as in social distancing). You would wash your hands more frequently, particularly after touching shared surfaces like doorknobs. You would give enough time for that sickness to pass to reduce the likelihood of being infected, and then life would resume as normal.
And even with these precautions you STILL might come into contact with that cold or flu, which brings me to a very important point: Our first defense is a healthy immune system, which is maintained through healthy living including a sensible diet, adequate level of exercise, plenty of sleep, and stress reduction. We all know someone who just doesn’t seem to get sick as often as others, and we can bet that person either has a naturally stronger immune system (hitting the genetic jackpot) or they work hard to maintain healthy levels of immune response.
Now, knowing all of that, the BIG question is still this: How will I recover if I do happen to contract a serious illness like the coronavirus? Well, that will depend on which body systems are most affected, and the best advice will come from experts in those areas (pulmonology, cardiology, neurology, musculoskeletal, etc.). Many articles have been published in the last few months showing that COVID-19 can affect the nervous system, and in a variety of ways. Loss of sense of taste or smell is probably the most obvious neurological symptom, but depending on where the damage occurs in the brain or spinal cord, a person might see changes in their memory, ability to think clearly, balance, and much more. In that event, the way to recovery is through careful examination of a person’s neurological function, assessment of which areas have been affected and to what degree, and development and implementation of a program to recover that function through rehabilitation.
Our brains have an incredible capacity to heal when given the right stimulation, and here at The Brain Center we specialize in restoring function. If you or someone you care about has not fully recovered from the affects of an illness or injury, please feel free to ask me how I think our treatments might help. I am passionate about education and finding the right treatment for each person, and until you try you never actually know just how much recovery is possible. One thing is for sure, ANY improvement is worth trying for, and the results are often pretty amazing. Stay safe!
Dr. Lars Landers