Brief Summary of Two COVID-19 Episodes from the Peter Attia Drive Podcast
There’s no data suggesting that gargling prevents infection from the virus causing COVID-19. The SARS-CoV-2 virus is too new to know. But, in general, gargling might have modest preventive benefit for colds (and likely less so for the flu). Once someone has an upper respiratory infection, gargling is not a treatment for the infection. It would, at best, offer some degree of soothing of sore throat symptoms.
A recent article in the New York Post suggested that wearing glasses might offer some degree of protection against respiratory viruses. We’ve also read in quite a few places comments about wearing eye protection as a possible respiratory virus prevention suggestion. Is it likely to work?
Cold and flu season runs from about October to May. As I write this, on March 19, we are still in the midst of the time of year when getting sick from viruses that cause colds and flu is common.
One of the public health goals of prevention is “flattening the epidemic curve*,” which essentially means decreasing the growth of new infections now, so they can be spread out over time. This is the reason why businesses are asking employees to work from home and governments are enacting policies to support social distancing strategies. In essence, public health wants to push some of the infections that might otherwise occur in the next weeks to sometime in the future … the further into the future the better.
This episode transcript contains important information about the new coronavirus to help protect your health and help stop the spread of COVID-19. Today we have with us John Mattison, MD. He is working currently on COVID-19 policy, diagnostics, and critical care. He's also an expert in health technology, virtual care, telemedicine, and very timely health informatics. Dr. Mattison is the former Chief Medical Information Officer at Kaiser Permanente.
Dan Stickler, MD joins Heather Sandison, ND to explain immunity protocols that are most likely to be effective against coronavirus (COVID-19). This episode includes stress reduction techniques, nutrition info, supplements, and technologies that our team of experts has compiled to enhance the immune system's function. While we don't have all of the answers, we've used a complex systems science approach to provide the best information possible.