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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention Tactics – Dr. Andrew Weil on The Kevin Rose Show

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Key Takeaways (How to Reduce Your Risk of Getting Infected with COVID-19)

  • WASH YOUR HANDS
  • Avoid people who are sick (and if you’re sick, STAY HOME)
  • Take the Chinese herb, astragalus, every day
  • Make sure your vitamin D levels are optimal
  • Supplement with immune-enhancing mushroom extracts (Dr. Weil recommends Host Defense’s MycoShield Throat Spray)
  • Eat more crushed garlic (or take an allicin extract)
  • “Ordinary masks are permeable by viruses. They don’t do anything to prevent you from getting infected. The only ones that reduce the possibility of inhaling or swallowing a virus are the N95 respirators.” – Dr. Weil

Intro

How scared is Dr. Weil of COVID-19?

  • “I’m not particularly fearful. It’s hard to sort out the news—there’s a lot of sensationalism and a lot of paranoia.” – Dr. Andrew Weil
  • “I would say, at the moment, the flu is much more of a concern”Dr. Andrew Weil
    • In 2019, 80k people in the U.S. died from the flu: “That dwarfs anything that’s going on with the coronavirus”
    • What about the coronavirus’ death rate of 2%? 
      • (For reference, the flu’s death rate is ~0.1%)
      • That number might not be accurate—time will tell

Big Questions We Still Need Answered

  • Can the coronavirus be transmitted by people who don’t develop symptoms?
  • Does the coronavirus persist on surfaces, and for how long?

How does Dr. Weil advise people to prepare for COVID-19?

  • WASH YOUR HANDS
  • Avoid people who are sick (and if you’re sick, STAY HOME)
    • (Dr. Weil stresses this point’s importance)
  • Although masks may not prevent you from catching the coronavirus, they can certainly reduce the possibility of transmission
  • Try not to touch your face

How to Boost Your Immune System and Reduce Susceptibility to COVID-19

  • Make sure your vitamin D levels are optimal
    • (Hint: if you live in a colder climate, supplement with 3,000-5,000 of vitamin D3 daily)
  • Take the Chinese herb, astragalus (1-2 capsules), every day
    • “This is a very well-known medicinal plant. It’s non-toxic and can be used long-term. There’s good research supporting its efficacy against viral infections.” – Dr. Andrew Weil
    • (There’s some research stating that elderberry extracts may reduce the risk of catching the flu, but Dr. Weil doesn’t think it’s in the same league as astragalus)
  • Supplement with immune-enhancing mushroom extracts
    • Examples: Reishi, shiitake, maitake, oyster mushrooms, etc.
    • Dr. Weil recommends Host Defense’s MycoShield Throat Spray (he uses it when traveling or out in public)
      • “If you’re around people who might be sick, this is a great thing to have on hand. It reduces the risk of contracting something through your oral and nasal cavities.” – Dr. Andrew Weil
  • Eat more crushed garlic (or take an allicin extract)
    • Dr. Weil heard from a doctor friend that in one Chinese county (where most of China’s garlic is produced), there isn’t a single person who’s been infected with the coronavirus (the county’s population is 1.3 MM, and 30k people work in Wuhan)
    • Allicin isn’t present in raw garlic; it’s formed when fresh garlic is crushed and exposed to air
      • To get the maximum dose of allicin, crush some fresh garlic cloves in a garlic press, and let them sit for 10 minutes before cooking 
      • Also: “Anything you do to garlic—drying it, aging it, fermenting it—destroys allicin” – Dr. Andrew Weil
    • Zhang Health Company makes an excellent allicin supplement

What about vitamin C?

  • “The evidence for vitamin C as a preventative isn’t very great” – Dr. Andrew Weil

Do masks protect against COVID-19?

  • “Ordinary masks are permeable by viruses. They don’t do anything to prevent you from getting infected. The only ones that reduce the possibility of inhaling or swallowing a virus are the N95 respirators.” Dr. Andrew Weil
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