Dr. Zhong Nanshan – China’s foremost expert on COVID-19 – allegedly introduced 5 ways to build immunity against COVID-19.
Take a look at the viral advice, and find out what the FACTS really are!
Dr. Zhong Nanshan : 5 Ways To Build Immunity Vs COVID-19?
This viral message has gone viral on WhatsApp, allegedly advice by Dr. Zhong Nanshan on how to build your immunity against COVID-19.
It has also been shared on Facebook, and posted by blogs hoping to cash in on the COVID-19 panic.
It’s a long post, so skip to the next section for the FACTS!
Kindly take note of the following practical advice by Dr. Zhong Nanshan (China’s top authority on Covid-19)*.
Dr Zhong predicted that, sooner or early later, the widespread community infection of Covid-19 will be inevitable. This is because there now is increasing numbers of infected people who are asymptomatic but with varying incubation periods moving around undetected.
As the above senerio is almost uncontrollable and unavoidable, it’s now crucial for us to prime our own immune system first.
Dr Zhong has provided 5 methods to enhance our immunity.
Dr Zhong said,
“Your immunity is the best and final solid defence (for Covid-19 infection.)”
Don’t just rely on masks, hand washing, etc alone. These are great preventive measures, but on top of them, everyone still need to build up their own immunity asap.
*How to prime our immune system from now onwards, as soon as possible? *
*Firstly, we must get enough sleep*; we must maintain at least 7 hours of sleep. Those who sleep less than 7 hours a day would have a lowered immunity against infection.
Second, we must eat well; our so-called “eat good” is not about eating delicacies, but *eating wholesome high-quality proteins*, which can be use to produce antibodies.
Remember to strictly control our sugar intake; ingesting excess refined sugar can lead to inactivity of our white blood immunity cells for 5 hours!
Therefore, we have to select and control our diet.
Third, the coronavirus has a preditable propagation mode, it will multiply faster in the cold winter.
So some experts advise us to get more sun exposure which helps increase vitamin D to prime our immunity.
Other experts did a research and published findings that the intake of vitamin D supplements during winter months can reduce respiratory tract infections by two thirds. If you really can’t or don’t bask in the sun, you can also choose to take vitamin D instead.
Fourth, one Russian research found out: in order to avoid upper respiratory tract infection, “You have to rinse and gargle your mouth when you return home after outdoor visits. Why? Because all viruses have the keys to enter our cells; when a virus invades its target cell, it has to first drill holes and knock on doors etc, so it It will take a while to reach and attach the key to the target cell wall to open the gate to enter the target cell and propagate.
So if you are infected outdoor, when you reached home just gargle and flush them out of your mouth.”
At the same time, the Russian researcher also mentioned, “Whether you gargle with; water, salt water, betadine diluted in water, mouthwashs, tea; all these 5 methods work well.
Finally, Dr Zhong also pointed out that studies in Japan, Israel and Finland all showed that: Simply taking a hot bath every day to elevate your body temperature sufficiently would create an unconducive body environment for coronavirus infection.
The research also mentioned that if you take hot bath at 4 times or more each week, virus infection rate can drop to 60%.
Dr Zhong’s advice on this is: Take a hot bath every day. A 41 degrees C and for 5 minutes is good enough!
Please share with your family and friends.
Translated from a Chinese language handouts.
COVID-19 Immunity Advice By Dr. Zhong Nanshan : Bullshit
Like 95% of viral messages on COVID-19 – this is yet another piece of FAKE NEWS based on some facts.
Let’s examine each claim and find out what the facts really are!
Fact #1 : Dr. Zhong Nanshan Is An Expert On COVID-19
First of all, Dr. Zhong Nanshan is not only a real person, he is a key Chinese expert on COVID-19.
In fact, he was the expert who declared that there was “human-to-human transmission” and pushed for China’s massive lockdown that successfully contained the epidemic, at least on Chinese soil.
On 8 September 2020, he was awarded the Medal of the Republic – China’s highest state honour – for his role in fighting the COVID-19 epidemic.
Fact #2 : Dr. Zhong Nanshan Warned Against Natural Immunity
Everything attributed to Dr. Zhong Nanshan regarding building your body’s immunity against COVID-19 are FALSE.
In an online meeting on 2 March 2021, with top American and Chinese public health experts (including Dr. Anthony Fauci), Dr. Zhong Nanshan warned against natural immunity.
He called it “unrealistic, less scientific and inhumane“, and pointed out that 2-3% of those infected would die – that’s 14 to 21 million people globally!
Fact #3 : Dr. Zhong Nanshan Advocated Quarantine
Dr. Zhong Nanshan explained in a 17 April 2020 CGTN video that China managed the COVID-19 epidemic by using strict quarantine, mass testing and masking in public.
He never once mentioned anything about “building up” your own immune system, because that is simply… bullshit.
Fact #4 : SARS-CoV-2 Is A Novel Coronavirus
COVID-19 is caused by SARS-CoV-2 – a novel (brand new) coronavirus.
Because it has never been encountered by any human being in history, our immune system has never learned to fight against it.
While a good diet, exercise and exposure to sunlight are important for our health and well-being, they will NOT prevent COVID-19.
Dr. Zhong Nanshan himself went viral for sleeping on a train to Wuhan in January 2020 to investigate the epidemic, while everyone else was travelling home for the Spring Festival.
Fact #5 : Immune System Overreaction Major Cause Of Death / Injury
Research has shown that our immune system can overreact to the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, triggering a cytokine storm that causes many classic features of severe COVID-19 disease :
- Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
- Acute lung injury
- Systemic inflammatory response
- Multiple organ failures
- Thromboembolism – arterial and venous blood clots
That is why dexamethasone – a corticosteroid – was found to be effective in improving the survival rates of severe COVID-19 :
- patients on ventilators : by one-third (33%)
- patients receiving oxygen : by one-fifth (20%)
The fact dexamethasone has no effect on patients who do not require respiratory support confirms that it doesn’t treat the infection, but prevents the body’s immune system from running amok and killing the patient.
Read more : Dexamethasone : Do NOT Self-Medicate Against COVID-19!
Fact #6 : Vitamin D Does Not Prevent COVID-19
There is no evidence that Vitamin D prevents COVID-19.
While scientists are researching the use of Vitamin D in COVID-19 infections, it is to determine if it can possibly reduce or prevent the cytokine storm, as well as thrombotic (blood clotting) complications.
The same scientists researching this also warn that there is a potential for vitamin D toxicity.
Hence, Vitamin D supplements should “only be taken under medical supervision“.
Fact #7 : Gargling Cannot Prevent COVID-19
The SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads mostly by droplets and to a lesser extent, by aerosol. Therefore, gargling cannot prevent COVID-19.
Never mind the fact that gargling cannot reach deeper than your pharynx, it cannot protect against virus particles that you BREATHE IN.
Yes, if you are not aware yet – most COVID-19 infections occur when people breathe in infected droplets.
What gargling can do is help reduce the spread of infectious droplets by COVID-19 patients. Even that is only possible using mouthwash, not with salt water or tea.
Fact #8 : Hot Baths Won’t Prevent COVID-19
It doesn’t matter whether you bathe in cold or hot water – your body’s internal temperature stays the same.
Your body maintains its temperature by homeostasis, which is why we sweat when it’s hot and shiver when it’s cold.
A hot bath will not elevate your body temperature. It will certainly not kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Neither will breathing in steam, in case you are thinking about it!
Read more : Can Inhaling Steam + Supplements Prevent COVID-19?
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