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Faced with our own stay at home quarantine for days here’s what that looks like.
A good time to discuss the difference between what a bacterial verse viral infection looks like and what it actually means to feed a fever and starve a cold. That’s old wives tale that is actually true. Link below to a short video and research that Yale did covering that.
Also know the difference between a PCR test verses a serum antibody test and which is the better test to get and how they differ.
Two ways of getting tested for Covid
There are two ways in which people can get tested for Covid. One way is to get tested for serum antibodies, for which blood needs to get drawn. The other is the rapid or PCR test.
Why ten days quarantine?
The reason for the ten days of quarantine comes down to a viral versus a bacterial infection.
With bacterial infections, the white blood cell count increases very quickly. That gets accompanied by a rapidly-rising and rapidly falling fever in children and a slightly slower climbing fever in adults, which then remains for a while before breaking.
Viral infections have a slower onset. The body cannot dismiss the virus right away, so it invades the whole body, and as it does that, the immune system identifies specifically what the virus is. It takes about a week for the body to create antibodies to fight that particular virus, so you cannot do much about a viral infection other than waiting for your body to fight it.
Bacterial infections can be dangerous
Bacterial infections are potentially more dangerous than viral infections because, if uncontrolled, the high fever that results from bacterial infections can do a lot of damage to the organs and the brain very quickly.
Fasting for fever from bacterial infections
Bacteria thrive on sugar, so it is best to fast if you have a fever because fasting creates ketones and shuts down the 95% glucose availability for all the cells of the body, apart from the cells that need glucose as a primary fuel, like red blood cells.
Viral infections usually come on more slowly than bacterial infections, and they often attack the upper respiratory system. That then usually moves to the lower respiratory system, creating lung problems and cough. That can also become a superinfection, meaning that you will get a bacterial infection on top of the viral infection.
The symptoms of a viral infection
Viral infections produce symptoms like fever, chills, aching muscles, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches, and fatigue. You may also have phlegm and sneezing with viral infections.
What is a bacterial infection?
Bubonic Plague, Smallpox, and the Black Death are all bacterial infections. HIV and flu are viral infections.
Covid tends to linger longer than most other viral infections, and it has to run its course. So it’s up to you to take it seriously, take good care of yourself, and conserve your energy once you have had the diagnosis so that you can get over it as fast as possible. Taking a bath with Epsom salts is a good panacea, and hot, steamy showers help with releasing the phlegm from your lungs and fluid from your sinuses.
Feed a fever and starve a cold links: