A Need For Humanity.


I suddenly realized the beauty of relationship as I studied the current unfolding of events in the world today.  

What am I talking about? Well, in case you are one of those asking this question, I will consider it comical. It means you are not here and existing in this world. Possibly, you are alien. Lol!

I am talking of nothing else, but the award winning 'Novel Corona Virus -- otherwise known as the COVID --19. Whoever came up with these names, sure has a game plan. The fact that we have taken the pain to call a disease 'Novel' is truly amazing. 

What is Novel about a virus that spread like hell and is killing people. So far the figures have climbed -- both carriers and casualties. 

I am not keen about how the disease started: if it was invented, manufactured, packaged, and even distributed. What I am particularly interested in, is the toll it is having on today's world.    

Really we can say by this one major event that truly the world is a global village. Just yesterday we were enjoying the spoils of technology: business, interaction, education, health, even on a virtual footing.

And today, it is even obvious that we have not built protective boundaries. What affect one nation can spread like wild fire and affect another nation. No one is immune. 

The gains of a global world is attractive, and here too, the Corona Virus may be of the same consequence. If we have enjoyed the relationship of a global society, then we could equally tolerate the consequence of staying as a global society. 

But what is more painful is the fact that the beauty of human relationship may have been altered as we know it in times to come. 

To curtail the spread of the plague, human interaction must be checkmated. Instead, we will encourage a more animated kind of existence. What lesson does this holds for us, and how did we get here?

Life is a changing phase. This is obvious in all of human history. Our generation may be experiencing one of the greatest changes of all times -- that which may redefine the way we deal and relate with fellow humans. And this experience may not be in favor of traditionally accepted ways of relating with others from different nations and races. 

And if there is anything we should safe guard, it will be the need to save Our Humanity. A need to value those handshake; a need to value that body contact, a need to stand close and feel the warm breath of the other. But we may have lost these in our time, as we may just have rehearsed what it means to keep the other at some distance.  

This is the time to reach out more; to affect others in more positive ways. Share what you know that will help at a time like this; encourage others with your support no matter how small. 

Show someone you care!
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What To Eat Or Drink To Boost Your Immune System.


Feeding your body certain foods or drinks may help keep your immune system strong. If you're looking for ways to prevent or fight colds, flu, infections and diseases your first step should be a visit to your local grocery store.


Plan your meals to include the following powerful immune system boosters.

1. Citrus fruits.


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Most people turn to vitamin C after they've caught a cold. That’s because it helps build up your immune system. Vitamin C is thought to increase the production of white blood cells. These are key to fighting infections.
Popular citrus fruits include:
  • Grapefruits.
  • Oranges.
  • Tangerines.
  • Lemons.
  • Clementines.
Because your body doesn't produce or store it, you need daily vitamin C for continued health. Almost all citrus fruits are high in vitamin C. With such a variety to choose from, it's easy to add a squeeze of this vitamin to any meal.

2. Red bell peppers.


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If you think citrus fruits have the most vitamin C of any fruit or vegetable, think again. Ounce for ounce, red bell peppers contain twice as much vitamin C as citrus. They’re also a rich source of beta carotene. Besides boosting your immune system, vitamin C may help maintain healthy skin. Beta carotene helps keep your eyes and skin healthy.

3. Broccoli.


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Broccoli is supercharged with vitamins and minerals. Packed with vitamins A, C, and E, as well as many other antioxidants and fiber, broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables you can put on your table. The key to keeping its power intact is to cook it as little as possible — or better yet, not at all.

4. Garlic.


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Garlic is found in almost every cuisine in the world. It adds a little zing to food and it's a must-have for your health. Early civilizations recognized its value in fighting infections. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative HealthTrusted Source, garlic may also help lower blood pressure and slow down hardening of the arteries. Garlic’s immune-boosting properties seem to come from a heavy concentration of sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin.

5. Ginger.


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Ginger is another ingredient many turn to after getting sick. Ginger may help decrease inflammation, which can help reduce a sore throat and other inflammatory illnesses. Ginger may also help decrease nausea.
While it's used in many sweet desserts, ginger packs some heat in the form of gingerol, a relative of capsaicin. Ginger may help decrease chronic pain and may possess cholesterol-lowering properties, according to recent animal researchTrusted Source.

6. Spinach.


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Spinach made our list not just because it's rich in vitamin C. It's also packed with numerous antioxidants and beta carotene, which may increase the infection-fighting ability of our immune systems. Similar to broccoli, spinach is healthiest when it’s cooked as little as possible so that it retains its nutrients. However, light cooking enhances its vitamin A and allows other nutrients to be released from oxalic acid.

7. Yogurt.


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Look for yogurts that have "live and active cultures" printed on the label, like Greek yogurt. These cultures may stimulate your immune system to help fight diseases. Try to get plain yogurts rather than the kinds that are pre-flavored and loaded with sugar. You can sweeten plain yogurt yourself with healthy fruits and a drizzle of honey instead.
Yogurt can also be a great source of vitamin D, so try to select brands fortified with vitamin D. Vitamin D helps regulate the immune system and is thought to boost our body’s natural defenses against diseases.

8. Almonds.


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When it comes to preventing and fighting off colds, vitamin E tends to take a backseat to vitamin C. However, vitamin E is key to a healthy immune system. It’s a fat-soluble vitamin, meaning it requires the presence of fat to be absorbed properly. Nuts, such as almonds, are packed with the vitamin and also have healthy fats. A half-cup serving, which is about 46 whole, shelled almonds, provides nearly 100 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin E.

9. Turmeric.


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You may know turmeric as a key ingredient in many curries. But this bright yellow, bitter spice has also been used for years as an anti-inflammatory in treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Also, researchTrusted Source shows that high concentrations of curcumin, which gives turmeric its distinctive color, can help decrease exercise-induced muscle damage.

10. Organic Green Tea.


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A purely organic green tea is packed with flavonoids, a type of antioxidant. Where organic green tea really excels is in its levels of epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, another powerful antioxidant. EGCG has been shown to enhance immune function. There are two major types of teas; Black tea and Green tea. The fermentation process black tea goes through destroys a lot of the EGCG. Organic Green tea, on the other hand, is steamed and not fermented, so the EGCG is preserved.
Organic Green tea is also a good source of the amino acid L-theanine. L-theanine may aid in the production of germ-fighting compounds in your T-cells. 
The market is filled with black teas, which means that they are not organic. It also makes it difficult to find or get a purely organic green tea. We recommend you get B&B Organic Green Tea. The #1 premium quality organic green tea in Nigeria. This tea usually referred to by most people as the The Healthiest Drink After A Good Drinkable Water, because of the many health benefits it provides to the body. To learn more about B&B Organic Green Tea, click here.

11. Papaya.


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Papaya is another fruit loaded with vitamin C. You can find 224 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C in a single papaya. Papayas also have a digestive enzyme called papain that has anti-inflammatory effects.
Papayas have decent amounts of potassium, B vitamins, and folate, all of which are beneficial to your overall health.

12. Kiwi.


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Like papayas, kiwis are naturally full of a ton of essential nutrients, including folate, potassium, vitamin K, and vitamin C. Vitamin C boosts white blood cells to fight infection, while kiwi’s other nutrients keep the rest of your body functioning properly. 

In addition, Probiotics are considered the “good” bacteria in your gut. These beneficial live microorganisms are the first line of defense for anything you ingest, and they protect all other organs in your body before anything has the chance to circulate through your bloodstream. Probiotic-rich foods include yogurt, kefir, kombucha, miso, and sauerkraut. Food should always come first, but if you have chosen to take a probiotic supplement, you'll want to make sure you're taking the right one.

Protein
 from lean animal sources and plant-based versions (like chickpeas, beans, lentils, and peas) can also boost immunity by regulating existing cells and generating new ones. Plant-based protein sources such as nuts and seeds also provide antioxidants, while meat, shellfish, and legumes supply zinc, the mineral that helps maintain immune cells and heal wounds.

Water
 is of the utmost importance, whether you are trying to avoid getting sick or already fighting a cold. Downing fruit juices when you're under the weather will only lead to a blood sugar crash, making you feel worse. Since our body’s fluid needs increase when we’re fighting infection, drinking an extra two cups of water plus your daily minimum can fuel regeneration of immune-fighting lymphatic cells to get your body feeling stronger. Soups and stews (which provide immune-boosting amino acids and minerals) can feel soothing, while the heat helps open up congestion.
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Coronavirus: What Happens If You Catch COVID-19 ?

Here's what we know so far on what COVID-19 does to the human body in cases of infections and deaths.

'Varying levels of severity'

The new virus belongs to a family of viruses that can cause respiratory illnesses in humans ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).
Thought to have been transmitted to humans from an as-yet-unidentified animal source, the new virus spreads primarily through respiratory droplets, such as those generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
On average, it takes about five to six days for someone to show symptoms after becoming infected. However, some people who carry the virus remain asymptomatic, meaning they do not show any symptoms.
The virus multiplies in the respiratory tract and can cause a range of symptoms, according to Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, who heads the WHO's Health Emergencies Programme.
"You have mild cases, which look like the common cold, which have some respiratory symptoms, sore throat, runny nose, fever, all the way through pneumonia. And there can be varying levels of severity of pneumonia all the way through multi-organ failure and death," she told reporters in Geneva on February 7.
However, in most cases, symptoms have remained mild.
"We've seen some data on about 17,000 cases and, overall, 82 percent of those are mild, 15 percent of those are severe and 3 percent of those are classified as critical," said Van Kerkhove.

Fever, cough, pneumonia

A study of 138 patients infected with the new virus in Wuhan, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on February 7, showed the most common symptoms were fever, fatigue and dry cough. A third of the patients also reported muscle pain and difficulty breathing, while about 10 percent had atypical symptoms, including diarrhoea and nausea.
The patients, who ranged in age from 22 to 92, were admitted to the Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University between January 1 and 28. "The median age of patients is between 49 and 56 years," JAMA said. "Cases in children have been rare."
While most cases appeared to be mild, all the patients developed pneumonia, according to JAMA.
About a third subsequently developed severe breathing difficulties, requiring treatment in the intensive care unit. The critically ill were older and had other underlying conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.
Six of the 138 patients died - a figure amounting to a 4.3-percent death rate, which is higher than estimates from other parts of China. Less than 2 percent of the total number of infected people have died from the virus so far but that figure could change.
Meanwhile, a study published on January 24 in The Lancet medical journal found what it called a "cytokine storm" in infected patients who were severely ill. A cytokine storm is a severe immune reaction in which the body produces immune cells and proteins that can destroy other organs.
Some experts say this could explain deaths in younger patients. Statistics from China show some people in their 30s, 40s and 50s, who were not known to have had prior medical issues, have also died from the disease.

A timeline of how the disease progresses

According to JAMA, on average, people became short of breath within five days of the onset of their symptoms. Severe breathing trouble was observed in about eight days.
The study did not give a timeline for when the deaths occurred.
However, an earlier study published in the Journal of Medical Virology on January 29 said that, on average, people who died did so within 14 days of the onset of the disease.
The New England Journal of Medicine, in a study published on January 31, also offered a look at how the coronavirus infection affects the body over time.
The study examined the medical data of a 35-year-old man, the first case of infection in the United States. The first symptom was a dry cough, followed by a fever.
On the third day of illness, he reported nausea and vomiting followed by diarrhea and abdominal discomfort on the sixth day. By the ninth day, he had developed pneumonia and reported difficulty breathing.
By the twelfth day, his condition had improved and his fever was subsiding. He developed a runny nose, however. On day 14, he was asymptomatic except for a mild cough.
According to local media reports, he sought care on January 19 and was discharged from the hospital in the first week of February.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO chief, told reporters on February 24 that statistics from China suggest recovery time for people with mild disease is about two weeks. People with severe or critical disease may take between three and six weeks to recover.
On February 28, Ghebreyesus said nations should prepare themselves for a potential pandemic, as countries aside from China now accout for three-quarters of new infections.
On March 4, Ghebreyesus warned that a global shortage and price gouging for protective equipment was compromising countries' abilities to respond to the epidemic, and called on companies and governments to increase production by 40 percent
On March 11, the WHO chief characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic and expressed concern over the "alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction".



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Coronavirus: List Of Countries With Confirmed Cases And Death Rates.

At least 8,648 people globally have died from COVID-19, as the illness is officially known, while more than 207,000 infections have been confirmed in at least 166 countries and territories, according to the World Health Organization.





Infections with the virus, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, have been reported around the world.

New cases of the novel Coronavirus that emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late December are being reported daily around the world.
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Coronavirus: Everything You Need To Know About COVID-19.

Due to all kinds of news and stories circulating via various social media, and other information dissemination and broadcasting platforms concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19). It has become a little difficult to believe, say or tell what is the truth about the current Pandemic state of the Corona Virus. We decided to dig deep down to the truth and share with you everything you need to know about Coronavirus (COVID-19), it's origin, signs and symptoms, preventive measures, it's current state and how it's been tackled globally.


Currently, there are now vaccines to fight this deadly virus. According to reports from valid sources, the Roche Medical Company in the USA and some other medical research centers in china have discovered the vaccine that would be out in major market soon, especially where there are higher confirmed cases, although it may not be enough to go round the entire worlds population, as it is said that production and distribution may fall into 2021, so it's advised that we brace up and ensure that we protect ourselves always. Another report that got to us says that all cases of COVID-19 have been completely eradicated in Wuhan city, China, the city where the Coronavirus Pandemic Originated from. Also, President Donald Trump announced and Confirmed that Hydrochloroquine, a drug that's used to treat malaria has also shown encouraging early results against the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Countries around the world are stepping up efforts to tackle the new Coronavirus that has killed thousands.

As the world further shuts down in the wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic more cases are now being recorded outside of China, where the virus was first detected in the central city of Wuhan. According to reports, Nigeria now has about 12 new reported cases.
As of March 19, at least 8,648 people worldwide have died of COVID-19, the disease caused by the Coronavirus. More than 207,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19. 
Now here is all you need to know about Corona Virus:




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