Coronavirus Myth vs Reality
One thing that has become immediately clear the last couple weeks is that the FEAR of the coronavirus is much worse than the virus itself. People have panic shopped items like toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and masks into oblivion. Even in a conservative, easygoing, slower paced city like Eau Claire, this fear has become pervasive. Let’s establish one thing first above all else, and that is that fear itself can become a huge problem as the world grapples with this virus situation. What do we mean by that you might ask?
According to healthline.com “Anxiety can trigger your flight-or-fight stress response and release a flood of chemicals and hormones, like adrenaline, into your system. In the short term, this increases your pulse and breathing rate, so your brain can get more oxygen. This prepares you to respond appropriately to an intense situation. Your immune system may even get a brief boost. With occasional stress, your body returns to normal functioning when the stress passes. But if you repeatedly feel anxious and stressed or it lasts a long time, your body never gets the signal to return to normal functioning. This can weaken your immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to viral infections and frequent illnesses.”
Clearly if the world is supposed to be preparing to deal with a mass infection situation, the last thing we should want is for everyone to be gripped in fear, and yet here we are. Magazines, websites, television stations, cable channels, blogs, videos, vlogs, instagram, facebook, snapchat, everywhere you go there is an ever exapanding culture of fear being hyped, sold, manipulated, and blasted 24 hours a day across every possible medium in the world. We are being told over and over again we have to “flatten the curve” that we are trying to avoid a massive crisis. Yet, the cold/flu season happens every single year.
According to the US News and World Report, as of February 7th 10,000 people had already died from the Flu in the USA and yet there was no mass hysteria, nobody was freaking out. “Influenza has already taken the lives of 10,000 Americans this season, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At least 19 million have caught the flu, and an estimated 180,000 became so ill they landed in the hospital.”
How bout this little tidbit: “The CDC predicts that at least 12,000 Americans will die from the flu in any given year. As many as 61,000 people died in the 2017-2018 flu season, and 45 million were infected.”
Do any of you remember the hype, the hysteria, the massive shutdown of schools, programs, businesses during 2017 and 2018? I sure don’t, in fact I barely recall any of this registering other than the occasional get your flu vaccine promotions. So why are we nuking our economy right now over the coronavirus? Deadlier than the seasonal flu, yes, but still the vast majority of people will be okay, unless they lose their jobs, their homes, their way of living due to all the hysterical nonsense playing out in everyday life right now. Don’t get us wrong, there is a need for prudence, being smart, and making good choices. The massive overreaction right now is causing more damage than necessary. More importantly, the non-stop fear marketing going on is making more people susceptible to the coronavirus and other diseases, and causing incalculable issues both now and for the future.
Fear in of itself is a disease that can quite literally make every aspect of life worse. Just look at all the “myths” running around the world with coronavirus. According to HopkinsMedicine.Org these are actual myths that needed to be shown to be UNtrue:
TRUE or FALSE? You can protect yourself from COVID-19 by swallowing or gargling with bleach, taking acetic acid or steroids, or using essential oils, salt water, ethanol or other substances.
FALSE this advice not only doesn’t protect you, but could actually seriously hurt or even kill you!
TRUE or FALSE? Ordering or buying products shipped from China will make a person sick.
FALSE Researchers are studying the new coronavirus to learn more about how it infects people. As of this writing, scientists note that most viruses like this one do not stay alive for very long on surfaces, so it is not likely you would get COVID-19 from a package that was in transit for days or weeks. The illness is most likely transmitted by droplets from an infected person’s sneeze or cough…
TRUE or FALSE? A face mask will protect you from COVID-19.
FALSE For the general public without respiratory illness, wearing lightweight disposable surgical masks is not recommended. Because they don’t fit tightly, they may allow tiny infected droplets to get into the nose, mouth or eyes. Also, people with the virus on their hands who touch their face under a mask might become infected. People with a respiratory illness can wear these masks to lessen their chance of infecting others.
TRUE or FALSE? The Stanford Self Check (debunked on CNN and other sites, which says if you can hold your breath for 10 seconds without coughing means you do not have coronavirus.
FALSE This was complete nonsense made up on the internet to take advantage of all the people who are afraid.
These are scary times, but not because of a virus that will probably become a part of the seasonal flu for years to come, because of the way our society is handling this situation. The group dynamics playing out are forcing otherwise rational human beings to panic, and “fall in line” with what is being demanded lest they be made examples of for not “caring”. We will continue to provide you with the “Truth” as much as possible. We encourage everyone to remember that your body is an amazing miraculous machine capable of fighting off disease with remarkable efficiency and effectiveness.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA about 102 people die every day in car accidents and over 2 million people are injured every year in car accidents. Americans accept that the risks of driving are worth the freedom it gives us. Statistically all of us are far more likely to be killed driving our cars than by the coronavirus, and yet we see no media hype about how everyone needs to stop driving…
Take steps to protect yourself and your family from the coronavirus. Get lots of fluids, get lots of sleep, eat healthy, get sunshine when you can, get outdoors when possible, exercise. Contrary to popular opinion, the world is not ending. We can have some discussions about how the “hype” has created a new challenge for all of us, the media is learning right now that selling fear is profitable, to an immense degree. For now, check in with us regularly, Dr. Jay and Dr. Eddie will continue to provide the latest and most important information to protect your businesses and your families. Living a TriplePLife isn’t always easy, but it is certainly always WORTH IT!
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