How to Prepare for Enterovirus

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Enterovirus EV-D68
How to stay safe from Enterovirus

Keep kids safe from Enterovirus!
Enterovirus is not just another cold. While enteroviruses are
common viruses that may cause fever and rash along with the
respiratory illness, other symptoms include a runny nose, cough
or sneezing, and muscle or body aches, it is a life threatening
illness and one that may be mutating.

Mysterious paralysis in children? There's a new virus coming down
the pike —
Enterovirus EV-D68 — and because it is spreading so
quickly, parents have reason to worry, particularly if their child:
  • suffers from asthma
  • is five years and under, or
  • has a weakened immune system.

How to prepare for Enterovirus
Enterovirus made headlines in 2014 when the United States
experienced a nationwide outbreak of this respiratory disease. By
2015 kids quickly became ill from this virus strain that enters the
body through the gastrointestinal tract.

According to the Centers for Disease control, millions of kids
annually catch the Enterovirus, which causes coughing, sneezing,
and fever. This polio-like virus has much more dramatic outcomes
for kids with asthma or a history of wheezing.

What can you do about Enterovirus EV-D68? Read below.

#1: Wash hands, Social distance, wear a mask.
If there's one thing America learned from Coronavirus, it's the
importance of washing hands, wearing a mask and social
distancing. The same is true of Enterovirus.

Wash your hands and ensure your child does the same.
Remember that washing hands for 20 seconds is better than
using hand sanitizers. To help kids wash their hands have them
sing the alphabet or twinkle twinkle little star in the duration of
the hand cleansing.

#2: Monitor your kids closely.
Monitor kids closely if they feel under the weather, and act
quickly because it's not just another cold! If you suspect
enterovirus, call your physycian immediately for consultation. If
your child is having trouble breathing or wheezing take immediate
action to get your child to an emergency room.

  • Early warning signs of Enterovirus EV-D68:
  • cold
  • runny nose and sneezing
  • fever and muscle aches
  • skin rash
  • difficulty breathing and wheezing

  • To keep your kids out of the intensive care unit:
  • make a habit of washing hands (and keeping hands out
    of eyes, mouth and noses).
  • provide kids with plenty of fluids (popsicles, soups, and
  • clean and disinfect surfaces.
  • supercharge you child's immune system with tips below.

#3: Wipe surfaces clean.
Clean surfaces often, particularly in the kitchen and bathrooms
and avoid sharing personal items.

  • Assign everyone a colored hand towel.
  • Don't share utensils.
  • Sanitize shared surfaces such as appliances handles and
    knobs, doorknobs, keyboards, remotes and toilet seats.

#4: Keep asthma in check.
Asthmatics are most at risk for Enterovirus, which is why you
should do your utmost to keep asthma under control.
  • Take asthma medications as prescribed, never skip.
  • Keep allergens and irritants at bay. Use HEPA filters!
  • Ensure your child uses the inhaler properly.
  • Avoid second-hand smoke.
  • Keep your child fit buy exercising.
  • Get plenty of rest.

#5: Supercharge your Child's Immune System!  
One way to stay ahead of the illness is to supercharge your
child's immune system. Your child's immunity response is the
best prevention.

Here is a list of immunity boosting supplements* to supercharge
your child's system (foods and supplements that will help protect
against enterovirus):

Immunity Booster #1: Black Elderberry Syrup.
Black elderberries have, for centuries, been credited with immune
supportive properties. Black Elderberry Syrup, pictured right, has
been virologist tested as a natural and effective way to fight viral

Immunity Booster #2: Vitamin D with Calcium.
"Deficiency in vitamin D is associated with increased
autoimmunity as well as an increased susceptibility to infection,"
according to an abstract on Vitamin D and the Immune System,
by Cynthia Aranow, MD, Investigator. Another supporter of the
idea comes from the Harvard Health Publications, trusted advice
foa healthier life, from the Harvard Medical School. Read more in
How to Boost your Immune system.

Immunity Booster #3: Ensure adequate Vitamin C.
Ensure your kids have an adequate intake of vitamin C in the
foods they eat. Vitamin C works by stimulating the immune
system and protecting against damage from the free radicals
released by the body in its fight against the infection.

Have your child take Vitamin C supplements in divided doses
throughout the day for maximum effectiveness, but most
importantly ensure they eat foods that are rich in Vitamin C. Kids
may not eat brussel sprouts, but they'll love these foods that
have loads of Vitamin C...

Good sources of Vitamin C:
  • Apples
  • Broccoli
  • Cantelopes
  • Lemons
  • Oranges
  • Parsley
  • Pineapple
  • Potatoes
  • Red, yellow and orange bell peppers.
  • Tomatoes
  • Strawberries

Immunity Booster #4: Add Citrus to their diet.
Get more citrus into your kids diet. In addition to being rich in
Vitamin C,
lemons are rich in flavinoids, which work against
infections to help you prevent cold and flu.

  • Squeeze lemon juice into their smoothies.

  • Make Homemade lemonade! Go ahead and serve up the
    home-made lemonade to give your child an extra measure of
    protection. If you're concerned that lemonade has too much
    sugar, you can mix your lemonade concoction with a bubbly
    mineral water to dilute the sugar and provide a satisfying
    and thirst quenching option.

  • Squeeze lemon on their chicken or fish. This is an easy
    way to get more vitamin C into their diet.

  • Add slices of oranges on their dinner plates. Oranges
    aren't just for breakfast any more.

Immunity Booster #5: Honey.
Honey is a natural immunity booster that's been used since
antiquity to heal cuts and more. If you're going to be true to our
ancestors use of honey, you'll look for a potent Manuka honey.
Manuka is the honey with the most healing power.

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." — Hippocrates
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What is Enterovirus?
Enterovirus is genus of virus that causes a respiratory infection. It's
a mix of strains which circulate every year; however, EV-D68 is a
strain that puts infants, children, and teenagers at a higher risk
than adults because they've not yet built up immunity.

Enterovirus is not new (it was first discovered in 1962), but the
intensity of this particular strain is what is causing alarm, and that
fact that its spreading rapidly throughout the United States.
Enterovirus comes from the same family as
Polio. Having started in
the Midwest, Enterovirus EV-D68 now has
spread to 41 states
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What's the Prognosis of Enterovirus EV-D68?
Whether Enterovirus will cause a death or spread to adults is
undetermined; however, neither has yet happened which is a good
sign that the illness affects a limited population (namely kids five
and under, and kids with asthma). Currently; however, teenagers
are at risk as well the younger kids. So just because your child is
five years and up, doesn't mean you should stop worrying. The
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) anticipates the outbreak will
wane towards the end of autumn.

Enterovirus has many complications. The enteroviruses are leading
causes of:

What's the Treatment for Enterovirus EV-D68?
Unfortunately, there is no known treatment for the non-polio
Enterovirus. Severe respiratory cases have been treated with
oxygen. That's why it's important that as a prepper you take every
precaution to prevent Enterovirus.

Happy endings...
While it's true that there is no medication or dietary supplement to
treat an enterovirus infection, you can help your child boost
immunity. You can also help prevent the illness by washing hands

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