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Interesting times to be alive (which is a gift) and for as much of the challenge, there is good that comes from any challenging time and this is no exception.
Before I get in today’s message, our locations are open and continuing to serve. We will be in close touch until situation calms and our team is proactively creating at home work outs and online coaching as we speak if there becomes a need to ensure you stay healthy, fit and immune system strong..
Today’s message is long and packed with info so get ready.
I am here to present 3 learning lessons & reminders from the current COVID-19 scare. And then will finish with some education, perspective and action steps you can take to keep you as safe as possible with a strong immune system to keep you healthy!
And as my Saturday mindset mentioned, a giant call to action is to turn off the main stream media (aka “bad news”, not just now, but moving forward long term); and research, study, look at the data and respond, not react.
And of course, take action steps keep your immune strong (which we will get to below)!
1. Life is fragile so live with urgency!
Very good reminder, life is fragile. Sometimes it takes a health scare to remind us. If it all ended for you today, are you living the life you desire?
Take a second to think about that…
The good news is that at this moment in time, the data is not suggesting even a minority of the earth’s population will encounter grave effects even if virus is contracted, especially in 1st world countries like ours with high levels of sanitation. And it’s definitely not time to panic, but a good time to ask are you living your ideal life?!
Are you healthy, fit, focused, loving, caring and working towards something that fulfills you every day?
At the moment, some research, which I will share below and developments continue to happen, it currently suggests that the chances that you will be severely taking down by Corona is extremely, extremely small…
But if it did, can you look back at your life with fulfillment? Or do you have regret?
If it’s the latter, this Corona virus scare can be a gift and giant wake up call!!
Get yourself taking action on a life you want NOW!!!!
2. Humanity is very resilient.
Humanity is very resilient. If you do a quick google search, humanity has survived much worse pandemics than this with much less technology, sanitation, and hygiene standards. We have survived through wars, plagues, famines, natural disasters, the rise and fall of civilizations and the list goes on….
Friends, this will be no different!
Humanity is intelligent, we have the ability to think objectively, we research, we invent, we can communicate & work together which we will!
3. Humanity is intelligent, is tribal and we have the ability lead.
Humanity evolved and has dominated earth through not only our intelligence, but our tribal ability to work together through community. Present day, if you put any of us in the plains of Africa alone, we have no chance against any Lion, Elephant or Crocodile.
The fact is our ability to thrive is not just based off intelligence alone, it remains on our ability to work together. This is extremely important for all of us to be reminded. Very directly, we all need to remain cool, calm and collected through this effort.
Full disclosure, I am history junkie and have previously studied pandemics; and while definitely not an expert on this matter or claiming to be, I’ve seen many scientists predict that our biggest threat to civilization via a pandemic isn’t an actual disease (as human intelligence and ingenuity is strong), it’s the civil unrest that could result from a disease.
People freaking out, going crazy, rioting, buying all the toilet paper (sorry, had to), reacting through their “amygdala” which is the least evolved animal brain that controls emotion including fear… And not with our “prefrontal cortex”, which the most evolved human brain as its commonly referred to, is the biggest concern!
The good news is we all possess a prefrontal cortex and high levels of intelligence. We need everyone to think, remain calm, be strong leaders for your family, your spouse, your kids and your community. This is always, and especially at times of concern!
A question I continue to ask myself is are you helping the effort and leading by example?
These are my 3 reminders and learning lessons from this past week as there is always good that comes from even the most challenging of situations. And to add more value, I will finish up today with some information, research and action steps!
Instead of watching the news, please do proper research. Center for Disease Control is a great resource. I am also including information from Dr. Mansoor Mohammed, PHD. Dr. Mansoor is a recognized authority in the fields of medical genomics and personalized medicine. He is the holder of several patents in the general fields of molecular diagnostics and genomics research and condensed some research he put out as of Friday, March 13, 2020.
Please also keep in mind, he is just 1 leading authority and expert, so dig in and continue do research credible sources (NOT the news).
Dr. Mansoor Mohammed, PHD
- BSc. Specialized Honours in Molecular Genetics | University of Guelph | Guelph
- Doctor of Philosophy with Distinction in Molecular Genetics & Immunology | University of Guelph | Guelph
- Postdoctoral Clinical Cytogenetics Fellowship | UCLA and Baylor
COVID-19: CO for Corona, VI for virus, D for disease, and 19 because this novel strain of the virus was first discovered in 2019.
Believe it or not, most people get infected with human strains of coronaviruses at some point in their lives. These illnesses are usually short-lived with symptoms that may include:
· runny nose
· sore throat
The current mortality rate of the COVID-19 virus is about 3%. This is significantly less than the previous SARs (~9%) or MERs (34%) viruses, but higher than the common seasonal flu (0.1%). It is important that we understand these morbidity and mortality %’s. They are highly skewed toward the elderly, very young and/or otherwise health-compromised individuals.
The COVID-19 virus emerged in a seafood and poultry market in the Chinese city of Wuhan in 2019. The disease was likely contracted from close contact with an infected, as yet
unidentified, animal. Human-to-human transmission then quickly occurred through the
‘perfect storm’ scenario of Wuhan at the time: very large population; holiday season
accompanied by significant travel; and some unique characteristics of the virus.
There are currently no vaccines available to protect against human coronaviruses, BUT there are steps you can take to help prevent infection:
- keep your immune system strong (exercise, sleep 7-8 hours per day, drink water, eat darky leafy veggies, avoid sugar).
- wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
- clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
- avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home while you are sick.
Lastly, here are a couple additional recommendations (for the most at risk).
- Be particularly alert if you or your loved ones are on any form of chemotherapy or immune-suppressing medications (such as those associated with organ transplants).
- Be particularly mindful of both the very young and elderly in your care. Their respective immune systems are generally not as robust as might be required to effectively combat COVID-19.
I know this was a lot, but wanted to provide insight, value, research and perspective, which will continue until the situation calms..
Please take action to keep your immune systems strong, be the strong leader your family and community needs, and take deep breathes and in doing so you will respond not react. Remember, we are in this together!
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