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The media is doing a wonderful job of creating fear and anxiety about the novel coronavirus. However, lost in the coverage, are several important facts:
- Coronaviruses are not new. In fact, one of the viruses that causes the common cold is a coronavirus.1
- Thousands of people are recovering every day from this new coronavirus. These recoveries aren’t making the top headlines.2,3
- A man in his twenties contracted the coronavirus and got sent to his apartment in China to remain quarantined. He reported feeling lousy and watching a lot of cartoons. A week later he had recovered fully. That’s what typically occurs with this virus, despite it not being very news worthy. Reports are indeed indicating that the virus’ recovery rate is growing faster each day.4,5
- Similar to what we see with the seasonal flu, the unfortunate people who are succumbing to the coronavirus are predominantly older and with pre-existing conditions, such as heart disease.6
- The coronavirus fear is exaggerated. This is probably due to the fact that it is perceived as a new health threat and that it is foreign. So far there have been less than 1700 deaths reported. In comparison, roughly 17.9 million people around the world will die from cardiovascular disease this year – even though it is preventable and reversible with diet alone.7
- Children are generally not suffering from the coronavirus. This is most likely due to their stronger innate immune systems, allowing them to fight off infections with relative ease compared to the older and sicker population.8
- Exercise as well as consuming a healthy plant-based diet, with lots of sprouts and micro greens, allows you to maintain a strong and well functioning immune system, regardless of your age.
- Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Cattle, as an example, are potential reservoirs for these viruses that are capable of infecting other species.9
- Leaving animals alone is how we minimize the spread of coronaviruses. Slaughtering animals for our consumption is how we actively participate in the spread of these viruses.10
- Hoping for a vaccine for coronaviruses has proven to be an exercise in futility. This is because the viruses mutate very quickly, and can even become resistant to anti-viral treatments.11 We should instead focus on things we can control, such as our diet and lifestyle choices, and of course handwashing and proper overall hygiene.
Let’s stop the panic and fear mongering, learn to read past the headlines, and take responsibility for our health.
Markito Fitness & Nutrition
- Mesel-Lemoine M, Millet J, Vidalain PO, et al. A human coronavirus responsible for the common cold massively kills dendritic cells but not monocytes. J Virol. 2012;86(14):7577–7587. doi:10.1128/JVI.00269-12
- CGTN America. (2020). Thousands across China recover from coronavirus as confirmed cases continue. [online] Available at: https://america.cgtn.com/2020/02/09/thousands-across-china-recover-from-coronavirus-as-confirmed-cases-continue [Accessed 16 Feb. 2020].
- Salo, J. (2020). Chicago couple treated for coronavirus make full recovery: officials. [online] Nypost.com. Available at: https://nypost.com/2020/02/16/chicago-couple-treated-for-coronavirus-make-full-recovery-officials/ [Accessed 16 Feb. 2020].
- Time. (2020). ‘Coughing Like I Was Going to Die.’ Here’s What It’s Like to Survive the Coronavirus in Wuhan. [online] Available at: https://time.com/5783838/coronavirus-symptoms-wuhan-survivor/ [Accessed 16 Feb. 2020].
- NST Online. (2020). Minister: Coronavirus recovery rate high. [online] Available at: https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/02/564841/minister-coronavirus-recovery-rate-high [Accessed 16 Feb. 2020].
- Npr.org. (2020). How COVID-19 Kills: The New Coronavirus Disease Can Take A Deadly Turn. [online] Available at: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/14/805289669/how-covid-19-kills-the-new-coronavirus-disease-can-take-a-deadly-turn [Accessed 16 Feb. 2020].
- Jaoudé, M. (2014). The Truth About Cholesterol and Heart Disease – Markito Fitness & Nutrition. [online] Markito Fitness & Nutrition. Available at: https://markitonutrition.com/the-truth-about-cholesterol/ [Accessed 16 Feb. 2020].
- Pappas, S. (2020). Why are children ‘missing’ from coronavirus outbreak cases?. [online] livescience.com. Available at: https://www.livescience.com/why-kids-missing-coronavirus-cases.html [Accessed 16 Feb. 2020].
- Saif LJ. Bovine respiratory coronavirus. Vet Clin North Am Food Anim Pract. 2010;26(2):349–364. doi:10.1016/j.cvfa.2010.04.005
- Global News. (2020). Coronavirus spread renewing concerns about how animals are slaughtered. [online] Available at: https://globalnews.ca/news/6553206/coronavirus-wet-market-wild-animals/ [Accessed 16 Feb. 2020].
- Beall, A. (2020). The global fight against coronavirus. [online] Bbc.com. Available at: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200210-coronavirus-finding-a-cure-to-fight-the-symptoms [Accessed 16 Feb. 2020].