Are you freaking out about the Coronavirus?
You shouldn’t be.
Every year hundreds of thousands of people with compromised immune systems (yes you have to be one of these folks to worry at all) die from many things, not just the coronavirus. The media, as usual with their, “if it bleeds it leads” mentality has blown the whole thing out of proportion. It’s their job I get it.
To put this into context according to data provided by Dave Asprey author of, “Super Human”, over 600,000 people die every year in the U.S. from preventable heart disease and another 600,000 from cancer which is also largely preventable. That’s over 1,000,000 deaths every single year (and climbing) in our country.
Why is no one emptying the shelves of toilet paper, water and cleaning supplies over this? Because we accept this as “normal”. The media, big business and big government make sure it stays this way because there is money to be made hand over fist. Trillions of dollars are at stake if people decide to take control of their health.
According to WHO (world health organization) the coronavirus, on the other hand, has claimed over 4,000 lives worldwide. Most of them have been in China, and in the vast majority of cases it’s been people with an underlying health condition (compromised immune system) that have lost their lives. It seems to me we should “make a trade” and not run out of toilet paper.
Don’t get me wrong those 4,000 people have loved ones and their loss is terrible, but that is much, much less suffering, financial ruin, economic strain and death than in the above example. Not even close and it happens every single year…unnecessarily.
My idea for writing this post came from Dr. Samuel Paul Veissiere Ph.D. who wrote a great article titled, “The Coronavirus is Much Worse Than You Think: How COVID-19 is infecting our minds, not our lungs” He shares an example in the first paragraph making very clear the extremely minimal risk of dying from COVID-19. He compares it to a scheme where you decide to gamble all of your life savings despite 98% odds of losing everything. Your chance of dying from COVID-19 is about the same as beating those odds.
This is simply your “overall” chance of dying. Unless you are very old, very young and/or in very poor health your chances of dying are next to nothing. You have better odds of a meteor from space landing on your head in all probability. He goes on to state that around 3 to 5 million people seek treatment for the flu worldwide every year, and between roughly 300,000 to 600,000 die. COVID-19 is simply another strand of the flu, par for the course.
To quote Dr. Veissiere, “The Coronavirus is quite simply, and almost exclusively, a moral panic“. Our minds have a tendency to gravitate towards scary numbers, scary things, disasters, bad news, epic failures and lastly just plan bad energy in my opinion. People are always making a big deal out of things that are not for various reasons that Dr. Veissiere goes into. It is something I have believed in for as long as I can remember. As they say in the military, “calm under fire” too many of us are not.
One of the best things you can do is unplug from the craziness. Our minds are simply not meant to process all the bad news we get hit with every single minute of every single day. It’s not normal at all. We are so afraid of “missing out” that we cant put our phones down and it is hurting us in a myriad of ways.
For starters, I have a habit of not looking at my phone the first hour after waking up, nor the last hour before going to bed and its WONDERFUL. I have been doing this long before COVID-19. You should try it sometime because it works, just let go. We have control over our emotions, see COVID-19 for what it really is, and not what the media tells you it is. Remember what your mom said? That’s right, everything you see on TV isn’t true;)
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