All About the Coronavirus

Terms like “social distancing” and “self-quarantine” are now a part of everyday life. Life as we know it seems to change hour to hour as governors release executive orders and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announce recommendations designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, also called COVID-19.  

At Chiropractic Health Care Center Of Glendora, we want you to stay well. In this blog, we discuss what the virus is, how it’s spread, and how you can stay healthy. We also share information about the coronavirus and a historic parallel to the 1918 influenza pandemic, better known as the Spanish flu. You may not be aware, but chiropractors were on the front lines during that pandemic, helping numerous patients get and stay well.

What is the coronavirus?

There isn’t just one coronavirus. A coronavirus is a common disease of the upper respiratory tract. Although we’ve seen outbreaks of other coronaviruses before, most notably MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), this particular strain is something we’ve never before identified. The designation of COVID-19 stands for CO (corona), VI (virus), D (disease) and 19 (2019), for when the outbreak began. Since COVID-19 is new, there’s currently no vaccine to treat it, although testing is being done. 

Contracting the coronavirus

The coronavirus can be contracted by:

Symptoms of the coronavirus

Symptoms, which can be negligible, mild, or severe, can include the following:

People most at risk

People who have a higher risk of developing more severe symptoms of COVID-19 include the following:

Reducing the chances of transmission

To help protect yourself and your family from contracting or spreading the coronavirus, follow some simple steps. Wash your hands frequently, particularly if you’re out and about. You should also wash your hands after sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose. Furthermore, try not to touch your face, especially your eyes, nose, or mouth.

When washing your hands, do so with soap and water for about 20 seconds. If water isn’t available, use hand sanitizer. You should also wash surfaces you use when possible, such as the tables you eat on. Furthermore, try to avoid crowds and try to limit your interactions with others. That’s where the social distancing comes in. If possible, keep a 6-foot zone around you.

Commit to wellness and staying healthy

When many people think about chiropractic, they connect it with just pain relief and maximizing movement. Yes, corrective chiropractic care does those things, but it does so much more. It also helps boost immunity.

More than 100 years ago, the Spanish flu spread quickly across the world with devastating results. About 500 million people were infected, and 50 million people died, including an estimated 675,000 in the United States. Viruses weren’t understood yet, so scientists and the medical community didn’t know how to prevent transmission and treat the condition. There were no tests, no vaccines, and no antibiotics.

What you may not know is that chiropractors were treating patients who had the condition and were getting remarkable results. According to the Texas Chiropractic Association, out of 10,000 patients treated by New York City medical doctors, 950 people died. On the other hand, out of 46,394 patients treated by chiropractors nationally, only 54 patients died.

Chiropractic therapy, which involves spinal adjustments and other corrective measures, doesn’t just address sources of pain or limited function. It also helps boost the immune system. When a patient experiences pain or limited function, these conditions can stress their body and weaken their immune system, making them more vulnerable to illnesses and viruses. 

If you take away the condition, your body gets a boost. The numbers from the Spanish flu demonstrate the positive impact chiropractic care can have on overall wellness. A commitment to getting healthy and staying healthy is a win-win during this pandemic and for the future as well.

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