In this time of extreme gloom and doom in the media and around the world one cannot help but wonder. I know people are trying to deal with this onslaught on our everyday life in different ways. But nobody can escape the nonstop topic of everyday: Coronavirus (there are many coronaviruses, this is the newest mutation they found under microscope, gets the name from its shape resembling a crown or corona and the word “virus” from Latin meaning liquid or poison) or Wuhan Flu (noting its origin from the wet market of Wuhan, in Hubei province, China), or COVID-19 (=COronaVIrusDisease discovered in 2019), or the even fancier albeit more expressive SARS CoV-2 (SevereAcuteRespiratorySyndrome CoronaVirus number 2 since we had SARS before).
What does it mean to our everyday lives though? Is there really a “new normal”?Undeniably has a profound effect on our lives and they certainly trying to create a new (worse) normal. But is all the mainstream media parroted opinions are reflecting the true reality? I will just point out a few observable facts here so one may use them as stable data – as I have – but I encourage you that if you are concerned then look for yourself. No one can do that for you.
Firstly it’s common sense to take care of yourself, part of which is keeping good hygiene so no media or government ever have to tell you to wash your hands or stay home if sick. Those I’ve learned from my parents, and also derive from common sense. We tell our workers to stay home if they feel sick, it’s no good for them or anybody to try to work in such conditions. Such and other steps and precautions are necessary. (If interested on how to stay well watch this video: Keep Well) Strengthening your immune system is also a smart way to go since viruses, germs and bacteria live inside and outside (on the surface) of our bodies nonstop. As a matter of fact it’s one of the selling points of some yogurts (“probiotics” ring the bell?). That’s part of a body’s “ecosystem” and your immune system is there to keep it in check and in balance. (If you’re interested how I boost my immune system check out this link: Tahitian Noni Juice.)
What about our everyday life which has been upset? The facts are what they are and can be looked up without the media slant on them. If one cares to look at them one may find interesting correlation or lack of it. Don’t get me wrong, the virus exists, people get infected and some people die from it. Precautions should be taken (should have been taken long ago) in magnitude to the actual threat level and considering the consequences both of this outbreak and the “solutions” brought forward.
Fatalities from car accidents just in Canada range 2-3000 per year, and worldwide it’s around 3700 daily. Major cardiovascular diseases caused 195 per 100 thousand Canadians to die (that’s around 70,000 a year). And from influenza there were 7000 deaths (causing pneumonia) just in 2017. (source: statista.com) The flu takes its toll at an average of 30-40K per year in the USA alone but 80K isn’t unheard of. Worldwide the influenza and influenza-like diseases cause 2+ Million deaths every year. Compare that to the current (March 31st) data available of 105 deaths from COVID 19 in Canada which surely will increase but so will the recoveries (1520 at the moment) and the good news is it won’t last forever. As always our immune system adapts, then a new mutation comes along, we adapt, etc., etc. and the cycle continues as it has for millennia. And despite all diseases our population has been on a steady rise. The question is do we shut down our country because of that?
Make no mistake shutting down the economy – by keeping people at home en mass – is shutting down the country which will have much longer lasting and more severe repercussions than the current outbreak. Shutting down our economy will result in more poverty, more uncertainty and more economic and financial instability, all of which results in more death (suicide, homelessness, etc.). So are we trying to swat a fly with a meat tenderizer? (ineffective and causes more harm than good)
I give you a real life example of what happened only a few years ago right here in the Greater Vancouver (B.C.) area to me and many others in the home services and associated industries when they implemented severe water restrictions widely. First, pressure washing was prohibited then people were scared into believing (due to media push) if we clean their windows we will suffer horrible consequences (it takes average 2-3 pales of water for a larger house, about 1-2 flushes of a toilet) so production went down to a halt and even more companies had to shut down and this effected retail and service companies, too. A lot of small to medium businesses had to lay off their employees and struggled to survive. City councils had no idea what they’ve done till thousands of company owners signed and presented a letter on all of our behalves to exempt us from the severe water restrictions. Swatting a fly with a meat tenderizer.
Another point I would like to make is about “stress level”. It’s no secret that stress kills. Nobody can put an exact number on it though many studies have been conducted and many states it’s the leading cause of deaths. I can think of a few off the top of my head: suicide, accidents, cancer, heart problems, etc. Now if one looks over the news what do they find? Danger and bad people everywhere, things to worry about all the time, etc.. Sure some (mostly local) bad news are necessary but what happens to us – and by extension to our quality of life and actual lifespan – when we unnecessarily elevate our stress level? Those who limit their exposure to unnecessary stress (it’s not just the news, could be a rumor monger neighbor or family member, etc.) will have a better quality and longer life. Even those individuals who can sift out most of the garbage without too much effect on them will need a respite from time to time. Hence the “invention” of vacation and “time off”. If you don’t believe me I dare you to do this test: cut out every news sources from your life for two straight weeks and see what happens, see how you feel. (no newspaper, no TV, no Youtube channels, etc.)
Now the good news: hydrogen peroxide (or H2O2) inactivates all sorts of viruses, bacteria and fungi (influenza viruses and Coronaviruses are most sensitive to it) thus hydrogen peroxide is a convenient means of virus inactivation and disinfecting. (Source: PubMed ) We have been using hydrogen peroxide based products for cleaning for many years and as an added benefit it’s earth friendly – plus building material, pet, landscape and human friendly too. So…
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