It is estimated that the Flu pandemic during 1918-1919 infected approximately 500 million people worldwide. During that time, many states practiced social distancing like we have seen in our current pandemic. Many cities opened prematurely which caused a spike in cases. One city St. Louis, MO choose to delay reopening and experienced fewer deaths.
Another similar pattern between both pandemics is the link to vitamin D. Many people who are deficient in this vitamin tend to fare worse than individuals whose levels are sufficient. Vitamin D is one of the essential vitamins.
There are 13 essential vitamins the body needs:
- Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, K
- Pantothenic acid
Maintaining a healthy body requires eating a variety of foods to ensure your body has what it needs to protect you from illness. Consider eating a variety of fruits and vegetables daily about 9-13 servings. If you are not eating this amount look for a nutritional supplement that offers fruits and vegetables without any refined sugars and is NSF certified.
Becoming proactive about your health is a decision that you will never regret. The flu vaccine is roughly 50% effective. This is a sobering thought given that the flu has been around thousand of years. How effective will the vaccine be for Covid-19? Eventually we will learn of its effectiveness once the vaccine is developed.
Today we do know that taking care of your body will only help you. Focus on the things you can control like what you are consuming physically and mentally. Take care of body it is the only one you will ever receive.