We are all living in unprecedented times, that is for certain. Who would have thought that 2020, the year everyone was anxiously awaiting, would turn out to be like this? Several people in high places have been predicting it and a very few maybe even started planning for it, but most of us have been blind sided by this world event.
The information out there on the internet, on the various news stations and social media is varied. There is also a lot of opinion flying around from sources that are not credible. Partial or manipulated truths that opportunistic scavengers are going to profit from by circulating these sensational stories.
So What is the Truth About the Corona Virus? Please, for your safety and the safety of others, beware of believing and circulating false information.
I understand, It’s hard to stay locked in
As humans we are social beings. I think even people who don’t think they are social beings have discoverd during this time that they are social. The saying, “You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone,” is in full effect.
We need social interaction with other people, at least a little bit.
Some of us get our social interactions from work, with co-workers or clients, some of us get it from going to the gym or going to an exercise class. Going out to a restaurant with a friend or two or 10, going to church, bible study, you name it. We don’t get to do that right now and for some it can cause a bit of difficulty. For those who may suffer from depression, this whole situation may be complicating their condition.
It’s important to reach out for help, whether it’s a family member, a friend, a doctor or therapist , or a hot line that can help direct you. https://www.dhcs.ca.gov/Pages/ObtainingMentalHealthAssistance.aspx is one example of a mental health help website.
Imagine though, back during times when technology did not exist, if something like this would happen there would be no contact with anyone. I am sure grateful for the ability to interact with others via technology.
The other day, in my inbox I found an e-mail entitled, “Bill Gates – Philanthropist or Eugenicist?” I did a fact check and this is what I found. https://www.factcheck.org/2020/04/conspiracy-theory-misinterprets-goals-of-gates-foundation/
So what are we supposed to believe? There is a lot of false information floating around out there which makes it difficult to know what is truth and what is not. As a rule, what I tell myself so that I don’t panic is to first ask myself if this information has a political bent. If it does, dismiss and go to the source, the CDC (center for disease control). https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
The conspiracy theories and political opinions are raging like the California wild fires in the fall. All it does to listen to these is cause more confusion and possibly steer us in the wrong direction, not to mention add more stress to our lives.
As time goes along, the scientists are getting a better understanding of what this virus is about. We must trust in the process.
What to do in the mean time
Our body’s immune system could use some help in fortifying itself in preparation for having to attack this virus, or any other microbe for that matter. One of the best ways to do this is to build a strong immune system with proper nutrition, exercise and get the rest we need.
Proper nutrition is essential for a stronger immune system. When we allow ourselves to over indulge in foods that create a hardship for the body, such as processed foods, sugars, bad fats, preservatives, and more, this depletes the body of its vital nutrition. Nutrition is necessary to rebuild the organ systems so they can perform their functions optimally. Bad food makes it more difficult for our body’s immune system to fight off the various microbes that cross our path.
Check out my posts on the anti-inflammatory diet for recommendations on optimal eating.
Here’s an article about why sugar is tough on the body
Why is sleep important for the immune system
While we sleep our body goes into repair mode. The brain needs enough quality sleep in order to maintain proper function. Without it the brain can not perform its many vital functions and all the body’s systems suffer.
While we sleep, proteins called Cytokines are produced and released during sleep and help to target inflammation and immunity against microbes that cause colds or flu.
Growth hormone is released as well which is important for tissue repair.
The Importance of Exercise for the Immune System
When you come across a bit of information that makes you wonder what is the truth about the corona virus, remember to analyze the source of information. Be sure if an article has an embedded partial video clip trying to make their point, find the video or the source in its entirety and you may find that the information was manipulated to help the person drive their point. Also, check to see if the person promoting a video or article is trying to sell something or receive money for advertising something. The more outrageous the story, the more clicks they get, the more money they make. Always check your sources.
There’s a story circulation in social media about a documentary by a Dr. Judy Mikovitz loaded with conspiracy theories. I know many who believe these claims she’s made. Check out this fact check on her theories.
In the mean time stay well and stay positive. This situation is evolving and new information is coming available to help us adapt to this new normal.
I’d be interested in hearing your experience during this pandemic. Feel free to comment below.
In good health,