Is the Coronavirus Impacting Our Lives? If We Allow it to, it Will.

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Is the Coronavirus Impacting Our Lives? If We Allow it to, it Surely Will. 

My personal take on what we need to do about the Coronavirus...


Chicken LittleOh, I couldn't have said it better than Michael Jacobs in a comment on a recent post by Lottie Kendall - "...If anything, I think it is making all people more informed about statistics related to the flu which is far more relevant in our everyday life."


It's all about prevention when it comes to health issues, not matter what the diagnosis. I think people really do need to understand what the symptoms and outcomes are for the flu vs. the Coronavirus...and more importantly, how to take care of oneself to avoid either.


Chicken Littles (a.k.a. fear-mongers) telling people to stay home are doing exactly what the media wants done - scare the public. They're ultimately only hurting themselves - and their fellow small (AND large) business owners!




*Danger, Danger, Will Hamm! 

Will has been being bombarded by friends telling him just that - to stay home and not go out to stores & restaurants!


What happens when people start saying they should stay home and not go house shopping because the media is over-hyping this? Our businesses will flounder as well as those restaurants & stores people are 'warning' us about. 




'An Ounce of Prevention is Better than a Pound of Cure.' ~ Benjamin Franklin


Being a former Registered Nurse, I thought I would share my personal prevention tips to avoid transmission of any disease/bug - as much as humanly possible:


Handwashing is KEY!#1 Hand washing (to the Alphabet song twice) - and regularly - especially when you're in or have been in public.

#2 Do not touch your face & DO NOT SHAKE HANDS.

#3 Stay away from people with respiratory illnesses - coughing/sneezing are first line indicators of illness.

#4 Request that people cough and sneeze into their elbow.

#5 Eat plenty of green, leafy veggies, including garlic.

#6 Take daily supplements of Vitamin C and Zinc

#7 Use Ayr Saline Gel or other nasal mucosa moistening solution to prevent entry of any airborne bacteria via dry or irritated nasal passages. 



*If you're immunocompromised, then masks may be in order for you but, I would consult your physician and have them take care of getting the masks for you and further guiding you in prevention/self-care.


I would not advise buying masks as this will take them from medical personnel and patients who need them. The public is over-buying because of media hyper-sensationalism; it worries me that the public is taking from those who REALLY need them.


And, I'd like to add a #9 - it's okay to drink Corona beer, if that's your taste! The beer has nothing at all to do with the virus - which, by the way, has been around for years; it didn't just appear in 2020 (see below). Read this story about Corona beer and the virus; 38% of people polled think the virus came from the beer. If you're like me, the story will make you want to go out and buy a Corona beer to support this company who did nothing to deserve the negative press on Twitter - other than share the name of a family of viruses. 


When in doubt, go with your own gut!



And, to Michael's point, I did the research and the 'evidence' that this is hype is truly overwhelming when you use the CDC's own research. I hope this gives you the peace of mind you needed with regards to this virus.


Coronaviruses were discovered in the 1960’s. The earliest ones discovered were infectious bronchitis virus in chickens and two viruses from the nasal cavities of human patients with the common cold that were subsequently named human coronavirus 229E and human coronavirus OC43. New members of the coronavirus family have been added since the 60’s though, including the current ‘cousin’ we’re hearing about in 2020.


CDC estimates that influenza has resulted in between 9 million – 45 million illnesses, between 140,000 – 810,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 – 61,000 deaths annually since 2010. 

*Please scroll down that page or click the link to the graphics that I am not able to share here due to copyright issues. I want you to be able see how truly minimal this virus is compared to the flu here in the US. 

*As per the CDC, rhinovirus is THE most common cause of the common cold - and is considered a virus that is also referred to as the flu within their data.



Bottom Line

I saw an interview the other night with a patient who had just been released after being treated for the Coronavirus - he's had all 3 -  the regular flu, common colds and now, the Coronavirus. He said the symptoms of the Coronavirus were about 25% of what a common cold is - and maybe 30% of what the flu is. It's really 'minimal' in the grand scheme of symptoms AND recovery was quick and painless. 


Coronavirus is NOT Armageddon


I'm not saying to ignore that it's 'a thing' but, it's not Armageddon!


The gentleman that we saw interviewed really helped me realize just how little true journalism we are exposed to in America. It's really sad.



**Please note that the opinions expressed here are the author's personal opinion and are in no way, shape or form an expression of thoughts/feelings/beliefs of any other parties including the author's broker. The opinions expressed in this and article/blog are, again, PERSONAL feelilngs/thoughts and nothing more. Furthermore, while I sympathize with those who are experiencing this disease and/or lose their lives or those of family members, my reference is to those who are sensationalists, creating far more issues beyond contracting the disease.


©Debe Maxwell | RE/MAX Executive | The Maxwell House Group | Is the Coronavirus Impacting Our Lives? If We Allow it to, it Surely Will.


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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
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Good morning Debe Maxwell, CRS, people just have to go back to their kindergarten days and remember the hygiene routine. I have a compromised immune system so just keep doing the same thing I've always done. Thank you for the tips.
I was speaking with a homeowner thinking about selling yesterday, sadly, they decided to wait until the summertime due to coronavirus. 

Mar 03, 2020 07:14 AM #45
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I think it's ridiculous. So many people are over-reacting and going nuts over this virus. In Washington state, we do have quite an outbreak centered around a nursing care facility. Regardless, it's not going to stop me from living life and carrying on - with common sense. It's the cold and flu season, we should all be taking precautions to avoid spreading germs. Period. Thanks for the calm approach to a hyped and hysterical topic. 

Mar 03, 2020 07:27 AM #46
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Awesome post, Debe. I'm going to post a link to this on my Facebook pages. I hope everyone does!  Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Mar 03, 2020 07:52 AM #47
Jerrill Ewing
N & J Lake Properties, LLC - Eatonton, GA

I have washed my hands a LOT lately and will continue through flu season.  

Mar 03, 2020 12:06 PM #48
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

All the hype and mis information on the news is driving me crazy. Every day I wash my hands and use lots of purell on the average day anyway.  

Mar 03, 2020 04:59 PM #49
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

This is biogger than we know with the lack of testing. With that I still head to speak in San Francisco this weekend but I will have hand sanitizer, wet wipes, and alcohol swabs.

Mar 03, 2020 05:54 PM #50
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Thank you for coming out saying this.  I suspect there is way too much hype over it all.

Mar 04, 2020 01:09 AM #51
Laura Filip
Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
What can we do for you today?

Thank you for sharing this with us. I will continue to move forward in life, wash my hands, cover my mouth if I need to sneeze, use a tissue for a runny nose. Use hand sanitizer just as always. Nothing different on my part. Kindness to others is what we should always do. Will stay home if for any reason the feeling of sickness is coming on. In November my daughter stayed home 9 days she had the flu, we missed an event downtown that is a huge part of the Christmas season. Why because she was sick. No need to spread anything around, again kindness to others. 

Mar 04, 2020 06:58 AM #52
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!  Interesting comments about the garlic, zinc and Vitamin C.  Fortunately I have not had the flu for......well I don't remember how long it's been and I don't get a flu shot. However, this virus spreads quickly and is definately having an effect on economy. 

Mar 04, 2020 07:08 AM #53
Erik Hiss
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Worthington, OH
You can trust me for all your real estate needs!

It is bit comical how reactive everyone gets about it. I mean it's like the flu only longer and slighly different. But everyone gets in a tizzy about it and become paranoid. Perhaps I will too if I ever contract it :)

Mar 04, 2020 10:52 AM #54
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Great post-Debe Maxwell, CRS it seems the news stations are almost trying to create a panic. I  do not want to turn it on. Your post is so refreshing and news-worthy wish the news stations would pick up your post - Everything you say is just simple common sense - Hopefully, there will be no need to create a National panic-    Have a Great Day 

Mar 04, 2020 01:12 PM #55
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Great post Debe. People are just plain nuts & going in all kinds of nutso directions. I'm with you. The media is just looking for something to keep people watching 24/7.

I'm going to wash my hands again ....

Mar 04, 2020 03:37 PM #56
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I'm likely a little more concerned than most.  Mainly because my daughter and her husband are more likely than most to come in contact with it at work. I'm thankful that it doesn't seem to get affecting childrent or I might be a little nuts with them bring it home to Cooper.  But during flu season we are very vidgilant about hand washing, lysoling, and I'm constantly wiping down my office when someone who has been sneezing or coughing has been in here (more so for the flu than coronavirus, but still I'll continue probably until May when the flu season is pretty much behind us.  As one of the primary care givers for my grandson I don't want to get something worse than the cold (which I got from him right after he started nursery school) He had it for two days, I had it for two weeks (the older we are the harder to get over crap)

Mar 04, 2020 03:37 PM #57
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

This is a very through complete article that many people should read!!

The media should be more responsible in their writing on the virus.

Also people thinking the Corona beer has anything to do with anything shows just how dumbed down this whole frenzy is

Mar 04, 2020 11:48 PM #58
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Thank you, Debe, for writing this post. I do take Vitamin C, Zinc and use garlic....

Mar 05, 2020 06:45 AM #59
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I cannot believe the idiocy of all of this.  I see it as opportunistic press using it as the new key word to get noticed.  The article that follows has nothing to do with it, and more opportunism is evident as you see the stock market flip flop!  A

Mar 05, 2020 07:25 AM #60
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

The MSM Opportunists are creating mass hysteria and people are all over it - anything to take the focus off the election. One person has it in California now and they are declaring a state of emergency...SMH! The real State of Emergency is getting proper care for our U.S. Veterans who have put their lives on the line, sex trafficking of our young people, drug abuse and homelessness, not some flu bug. Like I said before, the MSM needs to be hit financially for their erroneous reporting and destroying lives!

Mar 05, 2020 11:37 AM #61
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Helloo Debem I am still amaze at the amount of people that are not even going to grocery stores but delivery places are doing more business.


Mar 06, 2020 10:15 AM #62
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 702-574-8102

Debe, thank you for btringing your expertise as a Registered Nurse as a voice of reason.  The hysteria serves no purpose.  As Ben Franklin said, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."  No cases in this county.

Mar 08, 2020 11:01 PM #63
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Thank you Debe, it's all a matter of perspective. While it is unfortunate that people have died from this virus (as people do every year from the flu, or other illnesses), it seems that in this case, common sense is failing people big time. The media is fueling the hype and creating a panic all because they don't seem to have anything else they want to "report" on. The one thing I do find interesting is to see how quickly something can spread in our modern world because of travel and mass transportation. 

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