The current coronavirus (now officially called the COVID-19 virus) alarm has focused our attention on the best ways to deal with a new viral infection. The obvious priority is preventing spread, by isolation and increased hygiene.
However, we can also look at how well we can defend ourselves.
So far it seems that this infection is most likely to harm people who are vulnerable and with underlying health problems.
It makes sense therefore to look for ways to boost our natural resistance, especially if we, or those close to us, are at greater risk.
The College has a new coronavirus page on our self-care website Our Health Directory.
This offers simple home remedies that have evidence for improving defences against respiratory viral infections.
Although we do not know much about the behaviour of this coronavirus, and there is no treatment yet available, the principle of improving our resistance is still likely to apply. These remedies are simple and positive options for anyone.