How could you have NOT heard all the hype about the Coronavirus?! All kinds of public events are being cancelled, places where people gather together are being scrutinized because of fear of spreading the virus. School classes are being cancelled. (Thank goodness for online studying!) We’re running out of hand sanitizer because people are hoarding out of fear. (By the way, conventional anti-bacterial hand sanitizing products also kill off your strong, protective immune system germs in addition to the bad guys. That’s why I use natural-based products which only kill the disease causing germs.)
Grocery stores are having to limit purchases due to the stampede of people wanting sanitizing products. Wait. Did I say fear?
Fear is what seems to be pushing this societal panic attack. On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar II, called the Coronavirus (or COVID-19) a public health emergency. But let’s get some facts first before we join into the hoopla.
This virus seems to have originated in China. People at higher risk are health care workers, the elderly, people who already have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, etc. The workers of course are being exposed to it more than others, and everyone else at risk may be running a little low on immune power. This may in large part be due to medications they are taking which compromise the human immune system, and if they are eating the SAD (standard American diet), they are for sure not running with full immune power!
We are seeing cases of Coronavirus throughout the globe, basically – in Africa, the Americans, Europe, Southeast Asia, Eastern Mediterranean, Western Pacific, etc. It spreads person-to-person – just like the common cold, the flu, and other respiratory illnesses.
Symptoms can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, like other respiratory ailments. If you have these symptoms, chances are still excellent that you do NOT have Coronavirus! (You may have a cold or the flu or be reacting emotionally with such symptoms.) If you’re worried, get yourself checked out…better safe than sorry!
Please, please, please be sure you do not add to this panic by stigmatizing people from certain areas like China. Also, people with some mental health conditions may be having trouble coping due to their condition. Remember to be part of a sane, objective response, and not create more panic and insanity!
All you really need to do is take care of yourself and your immune system. Eat plenty of fresh produce, avoid processed foods and others that promote inflammation like sugar, take some well-placed supplements like Vitamin C (which, by the way, is being administered in IV form in several countries and helping people recover quickly because it reduces inflammation, allowing the immune system to work more efficiently). Vitamin C is also known to reduce symptoms and death rates of pneumonia. This is usually what people are dying from when they have the Coronavirus or even the flu – pneumonia – complications of a compromised immune system.
Let’s look at some statistics. The New York Times recently reported that we have more than 500 cases in the US, with 22 deaths. Worldwide, there have been 111,46 cases and 3,888 deaths. But that means that 62,705 have fully recovered.
To get more perspective, let’s look at some flu statistics here in the US. Even with vaccinations available, in the 2017-2018 flu season in America, 61,000 people died and 45 million were infected but recovered. In the current flu season from 2019-2020, the CDC says 14,000 people have died and 250 have been hospitalized…so far.
If you compare Coronavirus statistics with flu statistics, especially here in America, you can see that as long as you start taking better care of yourself and your children, you likely don’t have much to worry about.
If you’re holistic-minded, in addition to Vitamin C therapy, both taken orally and intravenously, other approaches have been recommended and have been successful…Homeopathy, Ayurvedic medicine, and Herbs, among others. Remember to stay well hydrated with healthy water (like spring water, etc.), eat a very healthy and balanced diet which includes lots of veggies, and get rest. Does this sound like we’re talking about taking care of yourself if you have a cold or the flu? Well…from one virus to another…the treatment and care can be oh so similar.
As always – have a happy, holistically healthy day! And remember to take good care of yourself!
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Dr. Donna Poppendieck (Dr. P) has over 30 years of experience in the mental health care field. She is a seasoned college professor and instructor for providers. She uses credible, proven holistic health strategies in instruction for parents of children with mental health challenges looking for another approach as well as healthcare providers seeking to implement or understand holistic strategies.