Let's take a little ride...a very little ride
Down your throat and bronchial passages. Where we can, in this warm and wet environment, find the world that covid knows. And the world where it grows.
Like most viruses it often begins its assault on the throat. Even in the sinuses at times where it produces minor congestion and a pronounced cough. But where it does well is the small bronchi,branches of the lung and in the delicate bubbles filled with capillary blood called ALVEOLI.
Your body has a natural defense. Mucus produced by mucous membrane cells is...well...SLIMY. That slippery quality is caused by a high level of surfactant soap, which (like hand soap) quickly dissolves all of the literally millions of viruses that are sucked into our lungs every day...including microbial varieties even stranger than Covid. Dissolved. And the pneumococcus bacteria that are posted as sentinels throughout this soapy, slimy, mucous membrane also eat these millions of invaders. The allies of these pneumococcal sentries are the giant phagocytes who are always cleaning up these dust balls.
Furthermore, little hairs called cilia are always moving this mucus up and out to be swallowed into the acidic...and unfriendly...environment of the stomach.
This is your body's standard defense against millions of viruses...some deadly...that are inhaled every day. By every breathing life form on Earth.
So with Covid. Yes, many diseases are far more dangerous. Because with covid we know it has weak genetic hooks. So it's why 80% of cases are symptom free. And it is why genetic engineers would never "design " this virus for warfare. It's hooks are clumsy by the standards of most human coronaviruses. Perhaps that's why kids with their chronic runny noses are mostly immune to this virus in contrast to about every other bug going around.
But if your system is dried out? If the mucous membranes are dry and perhaps even cracked then these little buggers are not dissolved by the soapy mucus. They are not swept away by the mucosal tide. And the cilia become clogged by slowly concealing slime.Stopping the flow and even cracking the mucous lining like clay drying in the sun.
The Covid bugs have time to dig into the cracks. And they need that time. Because their little spikes (on their crown) are pretty awkward. They need a quiet dry place to sit down and connect. They use a complicated set of safe cracking tools. Like a mosquito, it will be much more successful on a quiet sunny meadow than in a windy rainstorm. That's the difference between a dry lung and a wet one.
So that's the difference between life and death: WATER.
Of course we know that old folks are far far more likely to die of covid. But did you know that while an average body is 75% water, the bodies of the elderly are found to be only 55% water. Some elderly friend's have complained that problems with urination or mobility have made it hard to stay hydrated. Dry mouth and throat are also frequently associated with the high doses of medicine often used by the elderly. And it's tiresome to keep drinking water in the face of these challenges. So it's no coincidence that the elderly look wrinkled and dried out like prunes.
But in the days of Covid we ignore our drinking habits to our peril.
2 quarts a day. Do it. See my Covid video class for more details! And make sure you read all the other Covid articles in the blog.
Your family's lives depend on truth. The country is opening up. And so is business...for covid. So get smart.
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