People are in a panic mode over the coronavirus! Toilet paper and water is vanishing off the grocery store shelves and hand sanitizer and Lysol is sold out! Face masks are back-ordered so people are buying diapers instead and wrapping them around their faces to keep from getting infected. Movie theaters and schools are closing across the nation and malls look like ghost towns! So many people have asked my opinion on the coronavirus so I decided to share some of my thoughts.

First let’s address the elephant in the room, the media! They are scaring the crap out of everyone! This explains why there’s such a shortage of toilet paper. But that’s the media’s job, to scare you. They know doom and gloom is what brings in higher ratings, which means more money from their sponsors. While they continue to use fear tactics by sharing all the increasing coronavirus stats, there are some stats the media is purposely not sharing with you.

Coronavirus: As of March 12, 2020, there were 130,900 cases of coronavirus worldwide (1,209 of these are in the United States.) There have been 4,700 total deaths (36 of these occurred in the United States.)

Common Flu: Estimated 1 Billion cases worldwide; 45 million cases in the United States per year and an annual death count of 62,000.

[Source: World Health Organization]

When comparing these numbers you can see, the common flu is by far a much worse health concern, yet after only 4.7K worldwide deaths from the coronavirus, it’s been officially declared a “pandemic!”

Let’s look at a few other annual stats from 2019:

  • 4.9 million died from air pollution (inside/outside.)
  • 2.56 million died from pneumonia.
  • 1.1 million died from second-hand smoke.
  • 1.03 million died from unsafe sex.

[Source: IHMCE, Global Burden of Disease]

As of today, my state of North Carolina has had SEVEN people test positive for the coronavirus and no one has died. That’s 7 people out of 10.5 million residents, yet all Universities of North Carolina have canceled classes and are moving to online courses. They also announced they are considering shutting down high school and elementary schools. I find this rather puzzling considering, according to the CDC, children and young adults are the least likely to get infected by the coronavirus.

Malls are empty, people are afraid to eat out at restaurants, go to a movie theater, see a concert, etc. A few weeks ago, our economy was at an all-time high! This viral panic (pun intended) will end up causing billions of dollars in lost revenue for businesses. It’s not the VIRUS that will destroy our economy, it’s FEAR!

Is the coronavirus deadly? Absolutely. Unfortunately, many will die after being exposed to it. But there’s something else the media isn’t sharing with you: 98% of those that test positive for the coronavirus will get better in a few weeks. If you are elderly or have a compromised immune system, you are at a greater risk for the common flu and the coronavirus.

What can you do to stay safe? Just like cold and flu season, wash your hands and avoid touching your face. Wearing a face mask won’t offer much protection because the virus can transmit through the eyes and tiny viral particles, known as aerosols, can penetrate face masks. However, these masks can be effective at capturing larger droplets, which is a main transmission route of the coronavirus.

So if you are among the 0.00001% of the world’s population that ends up with the coronavirus, wearing a mask can help keep you from infecting others. Hand sanitizers aren’t much help either and can actually lower your immune system and make you more vulnerable to getting a virus. And, most importantly, try to remain calm and not panic! Stress lowers the body’s immune system.

We will survive the coronavirus just like we survived SARS (2004,) BIRD FLU (2005,) SWINE FLU (2009,) EBOLA (2014,) and the ZIKA Virus (2016). The media scared us back then into believing all of these deadly diseases would destroy the human race. It’s the same fear campaign, just a different year.

Article written by Dr. David Friedman

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Ariel Belloso

Ariel Belloso is an author and writer who transformed his health using the power of raw food. The former DJ and music producer’s life changed in 2001 when his mother was diagnosed with leukaemia. Already a keen student of nutrition, Ariel calculated that eating the correct raw diet could help his mother overcome her cancer. This became his motivation to learn more about natural health and the raw food lifestyle. Following her son's advice, not only did Ariel’s mother beat her cancer, she recently celebrated her 81st birthday! Using the knowledge gained from his years of ongoing study into natural health, Ariel has also managed to overcome some serious issues himself, as well as helping many others to regain their health and improve their quality of life. Ariel has written 4 books on the subject of natural health, nutrition and fitness.

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