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...
Oh, 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:
#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.
#8 *DO NOT BUY MASKS
*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.
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.
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.
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.
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