In season: Rosehip (Rosa canina)
Following recent events in 2020, the UK has been put through one lockdown, while another one is scheduled to start in 48 hours, which should last for another month. What transpires from all of this it that the scientific advice and government measures completely disregard the innate ability of the body to provide sufficient defences against the environment, especially microbes.
Unprecedented measures have locked people indoors. Non-essential shops are forced to close for the entire duration of the lockdown. Consequently, many people have lost their jobs and the prospect to find another one in such circumstances is pretty thin. It will take a long while before we can pretend to be back to normality. Although, 'normal' is a concept long gone.
Anxiety disorders are on the rise and tactics from the media to instore fears have done their trick, in an attempt to create the biggest headlines and capture audiences. Let's not forget that news is after all a commerce and creates revenue. The more readers and the more viewers a platform captures, the greater the content they can provide.
But what about our immune system?
It seems that heard immunity is no longer the option, which allowed our immune system to build up defences (including antibodies) and fight off viruses.
Actually, a recent report has indicated that the level of antibodies are dramatically decreased within 3 months of exposure to COVID, but not in health workers, meaning that a constant exposure offers a greater barrier against the virus. If our immunity decreases overtime, this opens the door to possible reinfection.
Data came from the Imperial College London, through a program called Real Time Assessment of Community Transmission (REACT) using home testing for SARS-COv-2 (COVID-19) to track the progress of the infection across England. The study was commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care. It is the largest research tracking past infections and monitoring how the virus is spreading across the country. 365,000 people took part, using a finger-prick home blood test kit.
The result: there was a noticeable reduction in immunity, particularly in people over the age of 75.
Cohort studies seem to indicate that these reductions in antibody levels are influenced by factors such as the severity of the initial responses, age and co-morbidities, as well as the continued exposure to the virus. Since health workers are shown to maintain high levels of antibodies, it is very likely that ongoing exposure is key to building resistance.
Seasonal herbs to build resilience:
Building a supporting a strong immune system is key to ward off infections, especially at this time of the year when flu becomes a real problem for the many.
How to make your own elderberry syrup:
Use as required, up to 10 ml, 4 times a day.
What other elixir do you make in winter to protect yourself from viruses?
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