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There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommend everyday preventative actions to help ward of the spread of respiratory viruses.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Again there is no vaccine, but this is where Oscillococcinum may be the only barrier between you and this dangerous virus. Oscillococcinum was formulated using an active ingredient that’s extracted from the heart and liver of a certain kind of duck and has been diluted several times.The preparation is believed to contain specific compounds that can help fight symptoms of the flu. Yet, how it works remains unclear. Though the effectiveness of Oscillococcinum remains controversial, it’s widely used around the world as a natural remedy to treat flu-like symptoms, such as body aches, headache, chills, fever and fatigue.
There is no compelling scientific evidence that Oscillococcinum has any effect beyond a placebo, but please at least read my story because this over the counter remedy has worked for me for over thirty-five years.
I hate having a cold. There’s just something about coughing and sneezing and blowing my nose that feels so bad that I’d rather break my hand or spend a night in jail. Okay, to be honest, I’ve never been in jail, but I have broken my hand, and it hurts like hell, and I’d prefer either of them to a cold. To me a cold is not just a little annoyance, it sometimes makes me cry.
So when a pharmacist friend told me in the 80s that there was a homeopathic medication called Oscillococcinum that works better than any cold remedy, I agreed to try it.
At first, I took it as prescribed according to the directions
Directions as stated on package: Dissolve entire contents of one tube in the mouth every 6 hours up to 3 times a day. Temporarily relieves flu-like symptoms such as body aches, headache, fever, chills, fatigue.
I should add that the old boxes stated that it was important to take it immediately upon noticing any symptoms. I have noticed that some of the new boxes do not. In any case, one day I woke up with swollen glands and followed directions. About an hour later, I began sneezing and was congested. I had no doubt about it — this was the beginning of a nasty cold. I took it again as prescribed, six hours after the first dose, and then again six hours later.
By the time I went to bed that night, I had no symptoms. They came early in the morning and were gone by bedtime. Several months later, I began to notice cold symptoms while I was away from home and wasn’t prepared to take Oscillococcinum until later that evening when I would arrive back home. I discovered that it was too late. Even though I took it three times a day for two days, I was in the midst of a full-blown cold.
Since taking Oscillococcinum for the first time, I have only come down with a cold when I have run out of it or when I have failed to take it immediately upon recognizing symptoms such as sneezing, sore throat or swollen glands. Not only that, but I invented my own method for preventing colds through the use of Oscillococcinum. And it works.
I invented my own method for preventing colds and flu through the use of Oscillococcinum
When my daughters were small and my husband worked in a large law firm, they would constantly be sick. I asked my husband to please use good hand washing techniques to lower his risk of contracting a cold, but that never worked too well, as a good amount of his workday was spent shaking hands with clients. And as for the girls, it’s difficult to avoid illness when attending school and other activities.
I devised a way to remain symptom free
Again, the Oscillococcinum instructions and uses were clear. “Take at the first sign of cold or flu.” But I did better than that. Whenever anyone in my house was ill, I would take one tube of Oscillococcinum. That means that for each day someone close to me had symptoms, I would continue taking one tube. Not only that, but if I stepped into a pharmacy, I took it. If I went to a doctor’s appointment, I took it. If I noticed someone sitting next to me was sniffling, I took it. Once when everyone in my family was sick, one after the other, I took it for three weeks straight.
I know some people will think I’m crazy, and others will believe I have stock in the company. But I have no investment in this other than I believe it to be the reason I have remained so healthy through the years, and I want to pass this unconventional phenomenon on to you. I can’t say what it will do for you. I can only tell you what it has done for me.
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