You can’t get away from the news about Coronavirus. While hearing constantly about this world wide outbreak can be concerning and potentially frightening, our co-founders, Dr. Romy Block & Dr. Arielle Levitan, say, to first, take a deep breath.
While any pandemic has potential to cause great harm and to tax the health care system, there is no need to panic. The vast majority of Americans are not affected at this time and even those who have or will contract this virus are likely to be absolutely fine. That being said, we believe there are certainly common sense precautions we can all take.
In this recent Consumer Affairs article Dr. Levitan was quoted as a medical expert. Simple infection precautions can be useful. Careful hand washing, routine immunization and avoiding known exposures make sense. Running to buy bottled water in bulk is probably not going to help anyone. Taking precautious about travel and undue exposure if your are older and have chronic medical conditions may make sense depending on patterns of illness.
Can vitamins help prevent this virus or other infectious diseases? Many unreliable and disreputable self proclaimed experts are touting extreme regimens of high dose vitamins and supplements with unsubstantiated claims about preventing illness. These regimens can in fact be harmful and are in no way proven to help treat or prevent disease. Yes, taking the wrong vitamins can cause more harm than good. Don’t let mass hysteria lead you to ignore the importance of supplement safety.
Taking the right vitamins certainly helps support the immune system and build up your defenses. This typically includes a personalized daily vitamin to address individual deficiencies (take our personalized vitamin quiz here). At times of acute illness one can consider taking extra doses of certain key vitamins such as vitamin D3, Vitamin C and zinc to help provide extra protection (Try our Immune Blast Situational Supplement).
As with any medical condition it is important to consult with your physician and seek medical attention regarding new symptoms. Stay safe, stay healthy and stay rational in what you choose to take for your health.
Romy Block specializes in Endocrinology and Metabolism and is mother to three active adolescent boys. Arielle Levitan is a Doctor of Internal Medicine with a special interest in Preventive Medicine and Women’s Health. She is a mother of three teenagers. As professional women with active family lives, they recognize that people often neglect their own health needs and are uncertain about what vitamins to take. Each person is different in her diet, exercise and health history, and will benefit from different nutrients. After years of advising their patients about the proper vitamins to take, Drs. Block and Levitan created Vous Vitamin® to provide people everywhere with quality vitamins that are suited to their individual needs. They are authors of the award winning The Vitamin Solution: Two Doctors Clear Confusion About Vitamins and Your Health (She Writes Press, 2015). Take your vitamin survey now to get exactly the right vitamins for your needs.
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Nothing contained herein is intended to be a diagnosis or constitute medical advice. The symptoms described in this Blog may be a result of a serious medical condition which requires medical treatment. You should consult with your doctor if you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned in this Blog and before beginning any vitamin or supplement regimen.