Before I get to the news of the day, I want to share a word of thanks.
For all your support for Patriot Health Alliance, and in turn, for supporting what we’re able to do for worthy charities… all because of you.
It’s clear that this group is committed to staying healthy and strong, given the response to our St. Patrick’s Day sale.
Or maybe you’re stuck at home and finally reading my blog posts…
Either way, it’s clear the world as we know it has been upended for the time being, and the charities we support are going to need our help more than ever.
Now, on to the elephant in the room…
As someone who’s been working on, reading about, researching, and developing things for health for years… I’ve never seen anything quite like this.
On the one hand, the world has seen epidemics, pandemics and health crises before.
If you’re old enough to remember polio, or the comparatively modest alarm bells that rang in the world during swine flu, or Ebola… maybe what’s happening now seems a little crazy.
But folks, this is different. Our world is different. We’re so interconnected that a pathogen that crops up in one country can spread almost the entirety of the globe in a few months. Or weeks.
So it’s important you know the facts, to keep you and your loved ones as safe as possible.
First of all, this is not the flu. People need to stop saying that.
The coronavirus reproduces much faster than many viruses. And folks are more at risk because this strain is new. Meaning no one is immune.
Unlike the flu, where many people have already built up some resistance, we are all battling this for the first time.
Simply put, if it hits you, it will need to run its course.
And because some people may have no symptoms at all, that makes the spread so easy, and dangerous.
When you get the flu, the virus hits almost immediately, and you know it.
The coronavirus isn’t like that. You might be carrying it around for a week or more before you start to show any symptoms (fever, shortness of breath, dry cough).
If you show any at all.
And that whole time, you could be spreading it around.
What’s more, this virus is hearty. It can remain stable on plastic and stainless steel surfaces for up to 3 days.
That’s why washing your hands and surfaces that see a lot of touches (doorknobs, railings, counters, etc.), and making a point to avoid touching your face, mouth and eyes… these things are so very important.
Now the widespread closures and shutdowns of sports, restaurants and the like may seem like overkill.
Believe me, I’m as sad as the next guy that we’ve postponed baseball season, and who knows when the Masters will be played? And no March Madness?
But the point of doing it is this. We need to reduce the speed of spread, so we don’t completely overwhelm our medical system.
This country is not built to handle a massive outbreak. No country is, as we’re finding out.
Keeping the number of critically ill patients low at any given time gives us the best chance to prevent overwhelming our hospitals, and running out of critical medical equipment… or even beds to put sick people in.
Because if that happens, it’s not just people with coronavirus who are at risk. It’s ANYONE that needs medical help for any serious problem.
People aren’t going to stop having heart attacks or strokes because the timing is inconvenient. An appendix that’s going to burst doesn’t wait to see if a bed, doctor or operating room is available.
And if you break your hip, your hope is there’ll be someone available to help you, in a hospital that’s not bursting at the seams with contagious patients in crisis.
Now admittedly, this is all a bit scary. But it’s important to take stock, and do what you can to help… both yourself, and those around you.
For now, it’s important to keep washing your hands, stay close to home and away from crowds, and try to relax.
We’ve been through crises before, and this will pass.
Now I wish I could tell you that this supplement or that would make you immune. That your probiotic or vitamin C or elderberry is going to stop this virus in its tracks.
But there are no magic cures here. So please don’t fall victim to folks promising one.
(And this is coming from someone who’s made a whole line of items for great health!)
Please be wary of media posts and other information that sounds too good to be true. There’s no garlic or salt water gargle that makes this virus go away.
My advice to you is three-fold. Because your health and sanity could use a boost, now more than ever:
Take daily walks. Staying cooped up all day is not just boring, it’s not good for you either.
Prioritize sleep. Sleep is often neglected in our run-around world. A pause on normal life is bound to make some room for some extra shuteye – use it.
Don’t throw out your healthy diet. It’s ok to indulge a little. But a pitcher of “quarantinis” and a bowl of chips is a recipe for weight gain and depressed immunity… so be wary.
And if I had one more piece of advice, it’s this: Reach out to someone you love.
Whether it’s a note or a phone call, anyone could use a friendly voice to break up the loneliness and isolation that’s bound to set in.
Be a distraction for someone. It will help boost your own mood too.
Stay safe out there.