Food is difficult. Food is pleasure. Food is life. I could continue for a long time, but I think you understand what I am pointing at. I love cooking, that is one of my main hobbies, but sometimes so called “junk” food can also be fine. These days when you don’t have time. I am waiting for some books about anti-inflammatory food that I ordered. Your state of mind is very dependent on what you eat, and I have heard a lot about anti-inflammatory food. So I am looking forward to reading and also to practice. It will be interesting to read if Mediterranean food is included. Healthy and tasty food like fresh tomatoes filled with so much sunshine.
Today is the 17th of May, and it is Norway´s national day. I was in Norway when the Swineflue was present, and of course, I think extra of Norway now due to the Corona virus. Yesterday, I went for a walk and I had ice cream since I needed rest. A good excuse to have ice cream. Today, I will also go for some exercise, and maybe I will find some pølse (hot dog). That is very popular in Norway today. Hotdog and ice cream. Next year, I hope there will be a vaccin so that this political virus is reduced. I cross my fingers.
From epidemic to pandemic. I am sure that we will encounter new viruses in the future. Definitely. The season flue is already established. It is easy to forget the existence of the Corona virus, and people are getting more relaxed. Maybe because it is warmer and brighter. But I am not. I am still very careful, and I have to remind myself continuously. I hope that we will learn from this and bring some of our routines to the future.
“Our brains, our muscles – every cell in our body – require energy to function in its optimal state”
I have started with jogging again. There are signs reminding of keeping distance while jogging. I would like to go for ordinary training, but that has to wait for a while. I miss spinning. What makes me feel good is that there is some kind of stability. A lot of safety precautions are being taken during these days with Covid-19. Borders are closed. Trade is reduced. Etc etc. But, importantly, there is both European and global stability.
Coronaviruses have caused two large-scale pandemics in the past two decades, SARS and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). Today we are struggling with COVID-19. Typical clinical symptoms are fever, dry cough, breathing difficulties (dyspnoea), headache etc. We have lived with the virus and the disease for months and we are becoming adapted to the situation. It is important though to not relax. To not touch the face, wash your hands and so on. Stay at home if you are sick. In conclusion, to adapt is to survive.
There is not much to do but to follow the guidelines from health authorities. Today I remembered the outbreak of SARS in 2003, and at that time I studied pharmacology. I remember that I didn’t pay much attention to the virus and I thought that it was far away. However, I do clearly remember a black face mask where SARS was written with white capital letters.
There are no good pharmacological tools available today to treat COVID-19. I searched some literature from that time about SARS, and found very little on active antiviral compounds. I found a publication on liquorice root. Countries producing liquorice include India 🇮🇳, Iran 🇮🇷, Italy 🇮🇹, Afghanistan 🇦🇫, the People’s Republic of China 🇨🇳, Pakistan 🇵🇰, Iraq 🇮🇶, Azerbaijan 🇦🇿, Uzbekistan 🇺🇿, Turkmenistan 🇹🇲 and Turkey 🇹🇷. Much of the sweetness in liquorice comes from glycyrrhizin. It is well known that excessive consumption of liquorice can cause increased blood pressure. Interestingly, glycyrrhizin from liquorice root has been suggested to be useful in the treatment of SARS. I found a study, but no repeated study or continued research. It should be noted that this is an in vitro study with Vero cells from African green monkeys. Inhibition of virus replication was demonstrated, but as usually, in vivo is much more complicated. Curiously, you can browse this publication: Glycyrrhizin in liquorice root
The Covid-19 is global and a lot of people are affected. I always try to put things in a perspective, and this evening I browsed the internet for something demonstrating this. Conflicts in various countries such as Syria continues, and on top of this, they now have to struggle with the Corona virus. This film is not from Syria, but from a food market in Africa where there is no social distancing. Moreover, possibilities for hand washing are limited. The Red Cross does a great job and they have head quarters in many countries. A lot of people are worried, and if you feel worried, do not hesitate to call your Red Cross in your country for a chat.
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