Is Spirulina how to protect against Coronavirus? COVID-19?
On 11 February, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced the formal name of COVID-19 for the Coronavirus that has spread throughought the World. The WHO (European Office) encouraged the European Region to prepare for COVID-19.
Does a Spirulina food supplement offer any kind of protection against the Coronavirus – COVID-19 ? Whilst there are studies 1, 2, and a report from a health institution that indicate that Spirulina may help to strengthen the immune system*, there is NO (Repeat NO) evidence it will protect you against the Coronavirus – COVID-19 or any other virus.
Covid Statistics below. Updated 7 April 2020.
At home due to Covid-19? This click through may be helpful to you.
Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading.
Strengthen Your Immune System
“But is there something I can take to boost or strengthen my immune system ?” The jury is still out. There has been one clinical trial (where they also say their study had limitations and call for larger studies) where spirulina demonstrated it fortifies the immune system in older people.
Another study of 19 members of a Polish Rowing team undertaking strenuous training, highlighted the effectiveness of Spirulina in maintaining the immune system. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (UN) have also highlighted Chinese studies that demonstrate how it enhances the immune system.
According to the WHO and the BBC, the COVID-19 virus is now a global pandemic. The World Health Authority (WHO) says that Europe is now the epicentre of the global pandemic. Former UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, described on UK Channel 4 News on 13 March, how maybe up to 10,000 people already had the virus in the UK, (this compared to officially known statistics at the time, of 769 active cases).
Italy is now in “lock down“. In Catalonia, Spain 4 towns have now been quarantined and are planning a “lock down” too. France have shut schools and public areas. Whilst an expert has criticised the UK for not taking stricter measures to control the virus. Former UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, appears to agree with this criticism of the Boris Johnson led, Government response to the pandemic.The “herd“ policy highlighted in this video clip on Twitter in a speech by PM Johnson, was criticised but there has subsequently been a “u-turn” with people now being advised to avoid social contact. On 23 March PM Johnson announced stricter measures.
Global stock markets have seen large falls in response to the Global pandemic.
If your body has a healthy immune system, strengthened by a balanced diet, that includes the regular consumption of a well sourced spirulina super food, spirulina might support your immune system* at this time but we repeat, there is no evidence it will protect you against COVID 19 or any other virus.
To generally boost your immune system, my Alternative Remedy Doctor advises adding Spirulina to your balanced diet, as well as other natural remedies to boost your system. He also recommends you include include plenty of vitamin C, Complex B vitamins, ginger and garlic tea with orange peel & cinnamon with honey.
3 Grammes of Spirulina = 3 KG of Fruit and Vegetables
1 gramme of Spirulina is the equivalent of consuming 1 kg of fruits and vegetables in terms of nutrients, this scientist explains:
It is also interesting to observe the number of COVID cases in Chad and Hawaii where spirulina is well known and used by a lot of people, both quite remote but their statistics are low. UV light might also be a factor. I am not suggesting there is a correlation between spirulina helping and covid 19 as there is NO evidence we can point too. But it would be interesting for a study to be undertaken in both of these locations at some point, to test for antibodies in these populations.
What is the Coronavirus? COVID-19 Prevention Advice?
Coronavirus – COVID-19, was first identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan in 2019. The UK National Health Service provides some practical advice and, at the time of writing, 10 Feb 2020 ” The NHS have recently raised the risk to the Public of catching the virus in the UK from low to moderate”.
Symptoms are described as:
- a persistent cough
- a high temperature
- shortness of breath
They additionally advise:
“Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
If you live with someone who has symptoms, you’ll need to stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital”.
They now advise:
“Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading
Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You should only leave your home for very limited purposes:
- shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
- one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
- any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
- travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home”
Spanish experts are advising that two other symptoms have been noticed. They say this is quite a good way in particular for teenagers and young people to know that they might have the virus:
- A loss of the sense of smell and,
- A loss of taste with food and drink.
Harvard Scientists explain in English why, in this click through.
Video in Spanish:
According to the BBC (10 Feb), The Department of Health has described the coronavirus as a “serious and imminent threat” to public health with the overall risk level to the UK remaining “moderate”. But the Department of Health qualify this (10 Feb) by saying; “The risk to the public has not changed. This is a legal term which we announced this morning as part of changes to make it easier for health professionals to do their job”. 4 March: The Guardian On-Line gave a useful update on the situation in the UK.
Cases and Deaths from Coronavirus
Worldometers are providing objective statistics on the reported** number of cases. These include the number of cases and Europe´s first death on 15 Feb in France. There are now considerable numbers in Europe, particularly in Spain & Italy. Covidvisualizer have a dramatic looking red rotating map of the world, based on Worldometers information, where you can also see the number of cases. Probably not for the nervous to look at.
According to Worldometers, globally to 30 April there have been a total of 3.3 Million ** cases notified with a total of 233,518** deaths notified as caused by COVID-19**. 1,271,164 cases are described as “closed”, of these 82% recovered and 18% died. There are currently 2.0 Million known (reported)** “active cases” of which 97% are described as mild, 3% as serious or critical – thats a slight downward trend.
**Statistics from the UK have not until 29 April 2020 counted deaths or cases in the wider community. Official statistics are artificially low. Until that date only deaths at hospitals were counted and many people were “sent home” to be in their home environment. Current official statistics exclude those deaths in the community prior to 29 April. French and Irish deaths in Care Homes are estimated at 46% and 53% respectively. So adding 50% to the UK death figures perhaps produces a more realistic number. How many other countries are under reporting? Which in turn may be leading to people not following the advice to stay at home.
The USA now has the highest number of cases with known cases (c) reported as 1.1 M with 63,642 deaths (d) Death rate per million is 192. Spain (29 April ) still have the highest number of reported cases in Europe,. Italy and Spain are reporting numbers of, Italy 205,463 with 27,967 deaths. And Spain 239,639 c and 24,543 deaths.
China is now reporting 82,862 cases and 4,633. The rate of increase for both of these numbers had been dropping dramatically, but their day on day reported new deaths jumped +1,290 in 1 day on 17 April. Catching up with deaths from the community? Or under reporting earlier?
All European countries are now seeing large numbers of cases, including inter alia;
Italy (d) 205,463 and 27,967 deaths (463 deaths per 1M)
United Kingdom 171,253 cases (a) 26,771 deaths** (394** deaths per 1M) 6000 new positive cases on 30 April.
Spain (c) 239,639 cases, 24,543 deaths (525 deaths per 1M)
France (e) 167,178 cases (c) 24,376 deaths (373** deaths per 1M)
UK: (50,000**?). A Financial Times FT “conservative” estimate is that the number of deaths including those dying of COVID 19 outside hospitals, e.g. Nursing Homes, Prisons, or at home by 28 April was now 46,000. There has been much controversy regarding the under reporting of C19 deaths in the UK where people are still not required to wear masks in public. (25 April)
Belgium (k) 7,594 deaths, 48,519 c (655 deaths per 1M)
Germany (e) 6,572 deaths, 162,530 c – (78 deaths per 1M)
The Netherlands (i) 4,795 deaths from 39,316 c (280 deaths per 1M)
Turkey (m) 3,174 deaths from 120,204 c (38 deaths per 1M)
Switzerland (j) 1,737 deaths, 29,586 c – (185 deaths per 1M)
Russia 1,073 deaths from 106,498 c (7 deaths per 1M)
Portugal (q) 989 deaths from 25,045 c – (97 deaths per 1M)
Austria (l) 584 deaths from 15,452 c (63 deaths per 1M)
In Latin America, Mexico are reporting rising numbers with 17,799 cases and 1,732 (13 deaths per 1M)deaths. Considerable under-reporting of total Mexican cases and deaths being registered under other conditions is suspected. Their controversial President was initially accused of issuing misleading advice and has now said that the virus will pass soon, that the pandemic is good for Mexico because it will help him to do what he has to do to defeat corruption and to “ensure his transformation” policies happen. 60,000 workers in Cancun have been laid off.
Brazil (k) 85,380 cases, 5,901 deaths. (28 deaths per 1M)
Peru 36,976 cases, 1051 deaths (32 deaths per 1M)
Ecuador (u) 24,934 cases, 900 deaths. (51 deaths per 1M)
Chile (g) 16,023 cases, 227 deaths. (12 deaths per 1M)
Argentina (p) 4,285 cases, 216 deaths. (5 deaths per 1M)
Belize 18 cases 2 deaths (5 deaths per 1M) (high humidity)
Peru have implemented a daily curfew from 8pm to 5 am each day and as early as 15 March, implemented strict measures including:
- people to stay at home. Except:
- essential Bank or petrol needs
- travel to work & home is allowed but employers to implement home working.
Chile (g) have seen 16,023 cases with 227 deaths. But the vast majority of cases are in the central or southern parts of Chile that have seen 95% of cases. The sparsely populated and cold Magallanes region where there is low sunlight and UV is seeing a
60.07% in Santiago, but is by far the worst hit, largely in the wealthier areas. The northern regions of Chile that have had imported cases for some weeks now, have only seen 7.13% of cases, many of these in Antofagasta directly linked to a rogue dentist treating patients whilst ill. See below regarding UV light. Chile have introduced arange of measures. FAQs in Spanish are in this click through. In Santiago they introduced quarantine for 7 days (renewable depending on the situation) in the following areas of Santiago to enforce social distancing, this may be a reason for the reduced number of cases reported the weekend 4/5 April:
Lo Barnechea, Vitacura, Las Condes, Providencia, Nuñoa, Santiago and Independencia.
Chile have also imposed a daily curfew from 10pm each day to 5 am the following.
From 8 April, the Chilean authorities have said that ALL users of public transport must now use a face mask. They have offered advice on how to make homemade masks, you can see a video through this click through.
Fines are now being issued to those not wearing masks in public places.
Chile have now introduced a tracking App – 23 Apr.
On 10 March, Chile imposed a restriction on airlines for anybody flying from Italy or Spain that they must have been isolated for 14 days prior to taking a flight to Chile. They have now closed all of their maritime and air borders to everything except cargo.
Other borders across the region are now closed too. On 11 March, the USA announced a 30 day ban on all flights from Europe. The UK & Ireland have now been added to that ban. Australia initially imposed a 14 day quarantine on ALL international arrivals, but now (20 March) only citizens or residents can now travel to Australia.
South Korea (p) and Iran have also had major outbreaks. The number of cases in South Korea has now risen to 10,765 with 247 deaths – (5 deaths per 1M) Progress of the virus in SK has slowed considerably and it appears it is now under control there. Their approach to the management of the crisis has been praised as an example to follow. Iran has also reported large numbers of deaths, currently 6,028 from 94,640 cases (72 deaths per 1M) – 28 April
There has been much controversy about insufficient testing, and the recording of deaths that have not so far included deaths in the community outside of hospitals, producing artificially low figures. Latest statistics from the Office of National Statistics suggest, 46,000 deaths (23 April) may be a more realistic number.
ITV News Channel have an interactive map of where cases have been reported in the UK.
India (o) are reporting , 34,862 cases with 1,154 deaths and have now announced they are in “lock down”.
US States are reporting a total of 1.1M cases and 63,763 deaths. (193 deaths per 1M) The highest number of cases have been seen in:
New York 310,839 cases/23,780 deaths (1,212 deaths per 1M)
New Jersey 118,652 cases/7,228 deaths (814 deaths per 1M)
Michigan 41,379 cases/3,789 deaths (381 deaths per 1M)
Massachusetts 62,205 cases/3,562 deaths (522 deaths per 1M)
Connecticut 27,700 cases /2,257 deaths
Louisiana 28,001 cases/1,905 deaths
Illinois 52,918 cases/2,355 deaths
Pennsylvania 47,999 cases/2,541 deaths
California 49,840 cases/2,014 deaths
Florida 33,690 cases/1,268 deaths (high humidity)
Georgia 26,237 cases/1,131 deaths
Washington 14,070 cases/801 deaths
Texas 28,087 cases /782 deaths
Colorado 14,758/766 deaths
Selection of other States with lower numbers of cases:
Arizona 7,648 cases, 320 deaths (high UV)
Hawaii 613/16 deaths(The home of one of the leading producers of spirulina). Total population 1.42 million.
Alaska 355 cases/9 deaths
Canada (n) have said they now have 53,021 cases with 3,180 deaths. (73 deaths per 1M)
US Statistics Updated 30 April 2020
UV Light may help in the battle against the Coronavirus
In more positive news, it has been suggested by AccuWeather (f) that Ultraviolet light may help to reduce the impact of the virus. This Washington Post article also describes how UV light may help break down the virus.A recent report from John Hopkins University appears to support this theory too.
The sparsely populated and low UV region of Chile, Magallanes (Punta Arenas – population 166,000) is seeing a disproportionate number of COVID 19 cases. Some 4.52% compared to % to 4 Northerly Regions of Chile (Tarapacá 1.24%, Antofagasta 3.41%, Atacama 0.27%, Coquimbo 0.47%) where UV is high. Generally the Southern Regions of Chile are seeing far more cases and some of these are sparsely populated. Santiago continues to have the majority of cases at 60.07%. With the smog reducing, that as a percentage is worth observing carefully.
This is perhaps some encouraging news, particularly to those who live where there are more daylight and stronger UV hours. (You will need to adjust the page for your area of the globe). But the point here is that the virus may die more easily under UV light e.g. if its left by somebody on e.g. something metal or on the street, NOT that there is any suggestion that if somebody already has the virus that it prevents infection – see the WHO myth busters.
Ian Lipkin, director at the Columbia University’s Center for Infection and Immunity also describes how sunlight “can help break down viruses, as UV light breaks down nucleic acid”. And UV light is effective at killing bacteria and viruses that it is used in some hospitals to sterilise equipment.
24 April: US Scientists appear to confirm the UV theory but have not published their findings in full. (24 April)
A BBC report on a robot using UV light from a company in Denmark, tends to support the Accuweather report & Columbia Director´s theory.
Santiago, Chile has very high smog levels but with people remaining at home this is likely to reduce. The challenge the authorities have, is that a percentage of people are ignoring this instruction. If the UV theory is true, we may see things there tailing off, as smog helps to block UV light – the number of new cases seems now to be declining and Chile has a very low death rate. Percentages of new cases in the high UV Region of Antofagasta (total population 608,000) are not increasing that fast, only 3.35% of the entire Country and people have not been fully respecting the social distancing rules.
Update 28 April: 481 Active Cases (4 deaths) are now reported in the Region of Antofagasta, many of these linked to patients of a dentist who treated his patients on return from Brazil when he was sick. His also passed it to his Mother and this led to 9 cases in the local vegetable market. He has now been charged by the Police. The same market is now being closed for 14 days from next Sunday 12 April.
Atacama, is another area to watch. 1 case reported there initially led to very slow local infection rates, there are now 35 cases in the area. Its unclear whether these are from local infection or imported from other areas, e.g. Santiago. Clearly the Accuweather report is not 100% certain, but the evidence from Atacama, Calama, Magallanes (where its low UV) and perhaps other countries with high UV levels, may perhaps offer some hope. Generally the sunnier/higher UV regions in the north of Chile have seen far fewer cases than in the South. This may be an indicator that UV light is a factor.
Its noteworthy to look at other countries with high UV levels, e.g. Saudi Arabia. They reported their first cases some weeks ago and yet they only have only reported 22,753 cases and 162 deaths. It will also be interesting to observe how the virus progresses in Chad, where they have high UV and many consume spirulina, have only reported 73 cases, 5 deaths and 33 recovered. The Philippines, too (high humidity). It was close to the original epicentre but is reporting 8,488 cases and 568 deaths. Australia (h) may be another indicator in this regard, they had cases some time before Europe. They have now reported a total of 6,753 cases and 91 deaths. Is UV light slowing the progress of the virus in these countries? Or is it just lower population density?
Lets Keep Things In Perspective
The number of deaths from the Coronavirus COVID-19 are still “relatively” (Feb 2020) low when you compare it to normal seasonal flu deaths which according to US estimates are between 291,000 and 646,000 annually. Which in turn compares to the so called “Spanish flu” of 1918 that killed an estimated 20 million to 50 million people. But deaths are rising and the COVID-19 virus is spreading so nobody can be complacent.
The UK´s Independent Newspaper reported that one of the deaths in China included a Doctor who was treating patients with the virus.
Who are the most vulnerable with ?
According to the respected Lancet Medical Journal, people over the age of <50 appear to make up the majority or cases and appear to be the most susceptible. According to open source date (unofficial) from the UK & China, most deaths so far have been among people older than 50. You may wish to check with your own health authority for more detailed and local information.
Does Spirulina help strengthen or maintain your immune system when under stress?
The answer certainly appears to be yes*. (although we repeat again, there is no evidence that it protects against COVID19). Various health institutions
and animal studies1, 2, have suggested that Spirulina can help to strengthen the immune system. It has been shown to support the production of proteins that help to restrict and fight off infections.* And you are likely to experience the other benefits of Spirulina, described elsewhere on this site. 3 grammes of Spirulina is the equivalent of eating 3 kilos of fruit and vegetables in terms of nutrients*.
Further Studies Report on Spirulina benefits for the immune system
Spirulina has been shown in a study of 40 people in the USA, over the age of 50 to counteract Immunosenescence which basically means it slows down the deterioration of their immune system which is brought about by natural ageing. In another report, it highlights the benefits of Spirulina and potential benefits with Immune Support.
But we repeat, there is NO, repeat NO evidence it will protect you against COVID-19.
There are many other benefits too.
My experience? Spirulina, has really helped me. I´m not a Doctor but I have an interest in alternative remedies. Since I was encouraged to take Spirulina by my Doctor, my health has improved considerably. I feel more energised as if my body has been renewed. I have lost weight – a lot. I genuinely feel 10 to 15 years younger than before. I have so much energy. My blood sugar levels have stabilised. My memory has improved immensely, my candida & IBS have gone. I have lost a lot of weight in terms of body fat, but my muscles have developed. Its also helped to reduce my blood pressure.
Its also great for allergies such as Hay Fever. I haven´t had a cold, an allergy, hay fever or the flu for three years. Blocked noses are now a distant memory. So anecdotally I can confirm I feel sgtronger.
Any Other Benefits?
Yes, you will find the links to the supporting evidence on these pages too. We have found from personal experience and found supporting evidence that it may be a helpful super-food for Andropause,Osteoarthritis, cholesterol, and it appears to help Dementia & Alzheimers too. Please explore the links on this site. We are researching other benefits too. Initial research we have undertaken, suggests, if its added to sunscreen, it may help protect the skin against UV light too. This may explain why so many make up companies are using it in expensive make up. You may wish to check this page for details
Spirulina – The History, briefly
Spirulina has been around for thousands of years. This page describes more.
And today, NASA are studying it as a food for astronauts for flights to Mars.
How well researched is Spirulina? Is it safe for me to take?
Is it right for me? The more I have researched Spirulina I have found a few rare examples of people who had not had a good experience with Spirulina. However, let’s keep things in perspective, this is a natural . There are people who are allergic to nuts, strawberries and seafood. Clearly if you are considering taking Spirulina for the first time, you should check with your Doctor or Medical Professional first, just to be sure it’s right for you.
Where you obtain your Spirulina is important. The environment where it is grown is very important. This is because as it grows, Spirulina picks up and absorbs toxins from its surroundings. You need to ensure that the spirulina you and your family consume is from a clean and reliable source. This page highlights some safe and secure suppliers.
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