Many factors about this novel coronavirus are simply unknown, misunderstood, or – worse – misrepresented. Worldwide deaths have finally topped 340,000 people. But consider … each year, some 300,000 to 500,000 souls around the world are taken out by the flu.
What we do know is that descriptions of risk factors, symptoms, and person-to-person transmission sound strikingly similar for “the flu” and for COVID-19. Virus illnesses differ in who dies, but most smite down the elderly and those with compromising diseases. States aren’t required to report flu diagnoses, so it’s likely that adult deaths with flu go under-reported.
What about … the H1N1 “swine” flu epidemic of 2009? CDC estimated 60+ million Americans were infected, with some 12,000+ deaths. Or … the H3N2 “Hong Kong” flu of 1968? An estimated 100,000 (mostly older) Americans died. Same with the “Asian flu” in 1957.
Let Precaution Prevail – Not Panic, Fear And Hysteria
My bottom line is pretty simple: all reasonable precautions (including quarantine of all those showing symptoms) that apply to every flu season are encouraged and indicated. Current reliable medical information indicates that panic, hysteria, and fear are not recommended. Precaution is the prevailing recommendation knowing that COVID-19 will continue to spread.
Your major defense against these and all unseen enemies is good health. Your immune system is the barrier that is tasked with reducing risks for suffering and death.
Nutrition Is Key To Healthy Immune System
Nutrition is the single greatest factor for keeping your immune system strong and healthy. Essential minerals are lacking in “fast foods” and “ultra-processed foods,” most of which often contain higher levels of certain highly processed grains that can impair mineral absorption. One such essential micronutrient is zinc. Zinc deficiency is prominent in diseases of aging and in illnesses associated with immune compromise.
Your Health Is Precious
Your health is precious, it is your only key to survival. Investing in your future means investing in your wellbeing right now. A Chinese proverb that pre-dates the coronavirus by thousands of years says “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.”
The Coronavirus is making many people seriously consider the state of their health. Many will search for ways to improve their health and wellbeing, while so many others will simply continue to do things the way they’ve always done them. If you are among the group who would really like to improve your health, strengthen your immune system and live to the fullest with vitality and enthusiasm instead of fear and suffering, give me a call. I have been helping my patients undo years of living that have contributed to the destruction of their health. Nothing is more valuable than good health.