Photo By: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) via AP
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

1. Fear Not

Fear, hysteria, panic and anxiety only serve to weaken our bodies. Our immune system responds to fear and the type of biochemical stress hormones our bodies produce (Adrenaline, Cortisol, Norepinephrine) with suppression. It is actually fear that makes us more susceptible to illnesses like Coronavirus.

Fear imitates an orchestra of chemicals and responses starting at the amygdala (a release of glutamate) and initiating the hypothalamus fight or flight response.

Glutamate in excess leads to:

  • anxiety, restlessness and inability to focus
  • amplification of pain

2. Avoid the Media Cycle

Whether the media is hyping this up to serve an agenda or not, calling it a pandemic, stopping business and spreading panic across the globe, is not a recipe for wellness or wellbeing. A member of the Australian government announced today that it’s a likely scenario that schools will be shut down until things calm down.

Avoid news commentary where possible. Take a time out for your sanity!

If in doubt, ask a friend or confidante to keep you informed of any really important breaking news stories. Generally the news reported is neither relevant nor helpful to the actual quality of your life or survival chances.

3. If 65+, please do take this as seriously as you would the winter flu

Most of the reported deaths are in this age-category.

It is unusual to die from coronavirus (or the flu), unless you are immunocompromised as is more common amongst the elderly and children.

4. Get your facts straight! Take this in the proper context

The New England Journal of Medicine reports as follows:

….the currently reported case fatality rate is approximately 2%. In another article … mortality of 1.4% among 1,099 patients with laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 … the overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza … rather than a disease similar to SARS or MERS…”

The CDC study found an annual average of 300,000 to 650,000 deaths worldwide from a flu season.

So far, worldwide over 4,000 people have died from the coronavirus. It is being taken extremely out of context by authorities. In the context of annual flu deaths, it is not a pandemic.

5. Breathe!

Please breathe soundly from the abdomen – deeply knowing that the world is transient and ever-changing. All things will pass, and nature will keep an equilibrium. The parasympathetic nervous system is activated by deep breathing, and this both restores and rejuvenates immune function.

6. Keep calm

Mindfulness is an approach where we as conscious beings become aware of our feeling-responses to the world. One method is by naming our emotions as we experience them. This fires up the thinking part of the brain.

7. Rest and take time out

Get plenty of rest and use this time to replenish and refresh your body.

This way you will be sure to rise above fear and suffering.

8. Surrender 

It’s important to take personal responsibility for all that appears in life. In this context, make sure to exercise and spend time in nature and sunshine to build your immune strength. Eat healthily (preferably organic foods with a high vegetable and fruit content).

On a deep level, accept all that is happening. We can only control that which we are in control of (and the truth is – that isn’t that much on a collective level – yet it is A LOT on an individual level). We are not in control of all aspects of life.

Surrender to whatever is happening without resistance.

Travel light and be safe,


Helpful websites:

Arc GIS Online – latest data using interactive maps:
Statistics about Covid-19:

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) estimates that in 2018-2019, there were over 32 million flu illnesses, 310,000 hospitalizations and 18,000 deaths from flu:
Coronavirus versus the flu-Comparison of cases

A severe flu season can kill tens of thousands of Americans as seen by the website below (between 12,000 and 56,000):
Influenza statistics from 2018 season

Commentary about the media’s response:
Why mass hysteria?

Antiviral qualities of BHT

Photo: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) via AP

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