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Airborne Threat (COVID-19)

March 27, 2020

Dr. Amir Kahn (a National Health Service doctor, and senior lecturer at The University of Leeds School of Medicine, and the University of Bradford UK) discusses the transmission of COVID-19 through droplets that are sneezed or coughed by infected people. Whenever a person coughs, 3,000 droplets can be produced. A sneeze however, can contain up to 10,000 droplets.

So how can the virus be airborne if they are contained in droplets? According to a journal by Princeton University, the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), the US Research Agency, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH): Much tinier droplets may remain in the air for a longer period of time, through smaller in quantity. Despite gravity being present to pull down these droplets from the air, the fact remains – there is still a number of airborne viruses particles.

These airborne droplets can then infect another person if they are breathed into their airways. If they land on surfaces and touched by an uninfected person who then touches their faces (specifically the mouth, eyes, ears, or nose), the virus can fins a way into the airways. This is known as the “droplet spread.”

The respiratory tract is actually one of the first lines of defenses that we have in our bodies. This provides a physical barrier between the outside world air, and the internal environment of the body. When viruses are breathed in, they bind to the surfaces of our respiratory tract. They then adhere to and colonize these surfaces to damage the cells, and avoid being dislodged by the flow of air or fluid. How does our body prevent this from happening?

Our respiratory tract can release mucus, which coats the pathogens, and prevent them from binding to the surfaces. The tract also contains cilia. These hair-like structures beat and wave rhythmically to keep the airways clear of mucus and dirt. This defense system only becomes ineffective if an individual has defective mucus secretion, or have inhibited movement of the cilia. These defects and inhibitions occur due to a number of factors, including but not limited to, the lack of fresh air (air pollution) and breathing in tobacco smoke. It is therefore important to ensure that we avoid these things, and to make sure that our immune system is in top shape, so that we can have a stronger fighting chance against viruses.

Our animals may also encounter the same challenges. Their defense systems may also be down if there is a lack of fresh air in the farms (increased ammonia levels in the air, from animal waste). It may be costly to improve the air circulation in our farms, therefore a proven solution is to provide our animals with natural supplements. Bronchimax provides a synergistic effect of all its herbal components: expectorant, immune system stimulation, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, kidney function support, promotion of appetite and digestion. These benefits allow the animals to overcome respiratory challenges, and to give them a better chance of preventing these challenges in the future.

Information source: National Center for Biotechnological Information ncbi.nlm.nih.gov; ScienceDirect.com; Dr. Amir Kahn, Doctors Note, Aljazeera.com

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