COVID-19: How to boost immunity, avoid blood clot

With the growing evidence that a significant number of patients are developing dangerous blood clots or thrombosis, the Iyayi Efianayi Foundation has offered different measures to protect Nigerians against the pandemic.

The tips contained in a statement signed by the President of the Foundation, Dr. Caesar Osaheni-Iyayi, is the outcome of research instituted by the Foundation, as part of its effort to shield Nigerians against the deadly virus.

While stressing the importance of strong immune system, the functioning of the circulatory system and what he termed ‘the hot water therapy’ in the management of , Osaheni-Iyayi said: “We have heard a lot about how to prevent the virus from infecting us, but we have not heard enough about how we should manage the situation at home, should it be that the hospital or medical system is unable to accommodate everybody. It has happened in ; it has happened in Britain and we do not know what the future looks like in . We have taken time to carry out some research and what I am unfolding to you is predicated on empirical data.”

As part of efforts to strengthen the immune system, he emphasised the need for more exposure to sunlight, while also appealing to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to increase the time patients at the treatment centres are exposed to sunlight from 15 minutes to at least one hour.

He said: “We are already familiar with NCDC’s treatment protocol, there is nothing wrong with that. The only thing I want to add is that the period that they expose our people to sunlight is 15 minutes between the hours of 10:00 and 11:00 am. Studies have indicated that for white people, 15 minutes is sufficient, while black people have to stay in the sunlight for over one hour.

“Vitamin D is useful for the absorption of calcium and phosphorous, but there is a new concern in Norway and a lot of cities in . People found out that many black people were dying disproportionately compared to white people. And the commonality between all these black people is that they lack vitamin D.”

The same scenario, he said played itself out in Holland, where a group of black Ethiopians domiciled in a particular region with less than one per cent of the entire population, and about 48 per cent of the death in Holland is attributed to the group.

“We know that the primary function of vitamin D is to aid the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, but it is also linked to promotion of immunity. So, what we want to say at this point is that if our people cannot be allowed to stay under the sun at the NCDC centres for more than 15 minutes, then they should be given vitamin D supplements. Vitamin D3 is inexpensive. It contains 1000 international units. That is how Vitamin D is measured. We are not too sure whether they are giving zinc, though we know they are getting Vitamin E. Zinc is also important in building immunity,” he explained.

On the issue of functioning circulation system, Osaheni-Iyayi said to stay alive, the blood must circulate. So, the first thing anybody that discovers he is having any symptom of must do is to start with anti-coagulation; something that will not allow the blood to clot. After which he/she can start thinking about how to boost the immune system.

“What is the treatment for this coagulation or blood clot? The answer is anti-coagulant. An example of anti-coagulant is aspirin. So, what we are saying is that, should you find yourself in a situation, where you are unable to get treatment at the hospital, you should start treating yourself immediately with anti-coagulant, when you find yourself coughing or with sore throat.

“Why is that important? If your blood circulatory system is functioning, you can hardly die of , because the virus is not like cancer that spreads. It has a life span of about 14 days. So, you can keep yourself alive by ensuring that your blood circulates. This is a critical point we want you to remember,” he said.

On the ‘Hot Water Therapy,’ he said many people will regard it as something that should not be practised in modern-day era, but it makes sense. He said he knows many doctors and nurses in , and Europe that are using this system to deal with .

“Some people say at 27’Celsius or 57’ Celsius, won’t be able to survive. So, what our grandparents did, when we were children was that they would get a bucket of hot water, as water boils at 100’Celsius. They would sit in front of you, give you a small stool and cover you completely with a blanket. Since you must breathe, you will be breathing in hot steam that may be about 70’Celsius. This will go into your lungs, and is supposed to be forming inflammation in your lungs.

“This is another way to address it. I know many doctors in , who after returning home from the office, the first thing they do is to sit down, cover themselves with a blanket and hot water, but I don’t know why they are not talking about it. They are doing it and because of that, they are able to go to work freely without interruption,” Osaheni-Iyayi concluded.

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