Thoughts on & Personal Prevention for 2019-2020 Pandemic (COVID-19)

It’s never helpful to panic, but it IS important to be educated on important matters, especially something like what the whole world is experiencing now: Coronavirus aka COVID-10. When I say EDUCATED, I do NOT mean collecting data via word of mouth or social media platforms and calling it research.

I am alarmed by how many people do not understand the seriousness of this PANDEMIC that is upon us, without a doubt. Some are even mocking this outbreak of a pandemic disease.

Emily (my 16-year old) has asked me several times, “How long is this going to last?” My answer, “Not until everyone starts taking this fucking seriously and following protocol!”

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I have never been a history buff, but one thing I DO know is that if you are familiar with historical events, then you know that history repeats itself. The Influenza threatening mankind is nothing new and is not the only epidemic/pandemic that has posed a threat in the past.

The Bubonic Plague created a death toll of 25 million in 541-542 (The Plague of Justinian) & 75-200 million between 1346-1353 (The Black Death). Cholera claimed 1 million lives between 1852-1860 & another 800,00 lives between 1910-1911 which was the ????? Cholera Pandemic. The “Asiatic Flu”/“Russian Flu” had a death toll of 1 million between 1889-1890.

However, the Influenza Pandemic that stands out the most to me is the one that occurred in 1918, “The Spanish Flu” not just because one third of the world’s population became infected with this virus, but because it claimed the life of my maternal grandfathers mother. I have never forgotten the story I was told my grandfather at a young age because it was so heartbreaking. My grandfather, his brother & father all fell ill with Influenza. His mother took care of them all, and by the time they were better, she fell ill too, she didn’t have the strength & was to weak to fight it. After her death, his father became an alcoholic, married several different women, most of which were abusive to him & his brother, he even left my grandfather & his brother with their aunt for several years, and at one point they all lived in a tent & lived off tree bark.

675 Americans lost their lives & at least 50 million worldwide. This outbreak wasn’t like ones in the past that only killed children, the elderly & already sick patients …. ?? ???? ????? ?? ??????? ????? ??????!! Knowing all of this, makes me wonder why people don’t understand how quickly & easily this thing can spread, especially since we live in a much more “social” time.

Since then, there has been “The Asian Flu” in 1956-1958 with a death toll of 2 million & then “The Hong Kong Flu” in 1968 which took another 1 million lives. And according to the CDC, between April 12, 2009 and April 10, 2010 there were approximately 60.8 million H1N1 cases.

Can you now see the ??? ??????? — how fast it can spread, how many lives can be taken & how long it can potentially last???The amount of people who are not practicing “social distancing” or enforcing it with their children is unbelievable to me & downright irresponsible.

I am not the most popular person with my 16-year old right now, but one thing that stuck out to me, was parents from Italy sharing that their one regret was allowing their teenagers to make them feel guilty and allowing them to go out and socialize despite the recommendation of social distancing.

Parents… most kids don’t “get it” and maybe you will not be able to get it through to them, BUT it is YOUR job to keep them healthy & safe and as fellow citizen, I beg of you to be responsible.

The only way to eradicate this, is to keep from spreading it. The only way to keep from spreading it, is to distance yourself. COVID-19 is NEW, which means we know very little about it & there hasn’t been enough time or cases to really know exactly what it will do, how it is transmitted, or who is most susceptible.

In the end, we can only control the controllable, which is ourselves, but I know I am doing my part, and god willing, it’s enough. I am drinking my Super Foods Shake DAILY ???? ???? ? ???? ???? ??? 8++ ?????, taking supplements that boost the immune system, staying hydrated (over a gallon a day) & eating a fuck ton of veggies. Roll your eyes if you will, BUT this isn’t the time to live off of processed foods and junk food.

If there is one thing that I have learned from my own family history, it is —if for some reason my family members become infected by this novel virus, I want to be in the best health/condition possible in order to care for them and still be able to fight the virus off myself, if worse comes to worse. I wouldn’t want to have the same fate as my Great Grandmother, and leave my children motherless. All I can do is do my part to prevent it.

For a list of the supplements I use regularly, or a free meal plan to use, contact me by emailing me or click on this link to connect via social media.

For what it’s worth, this is my two cents ?when it comes to MINDSET and how to prevent (or at least better arm yourself against this virus). Give yourself a fighting chance!

It’s been awhile since I went on a rant!Do you know what weakens your immune system or what to do to boost it?? I know I didn’t, but now that I do, I take it SERIOUSLY and I encourage you to do so too. NOT JUST now with the threat of the Coronavirus ? but everyday!And from Lois Kolkhorst:“Much has occurred since my last update on Friday. As the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, I have participated in a multitude of conference calls with both state and federal officials as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread across our state and nation. The situation is changing very rapidly. President Trump has asked us to do our part, and today we are all on the front lines of winning this war against the virus. Yesterday President Trump spoke of the “15 Days to Slow the Spread.” In other words, what we all do for these 15 days could spare us from struggling through the next 15 months! Please do your duty to help our state and country. From the White House and the CDC, the following recommendations were made yesterday and are emphasized by every public health official. Pass this along to your friends: It’s only 14 days longer…we can do this!— If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work.— If your children are sick, keep them at home. Most school districts in Texas are closed for the time being, but please do not let them go out publicly if they are sick.— Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people if at all possible. (REALLY IMPORTANT!)— Avoid discretionary travel.— Try to use pick-up or delivery options for food or keep a social distance in the restaurants with at least 6 feet.— If your employer allows, work from home. If not, social distance yourself with at least 6 feet when possible.— Practice Good Hygiene: that means wash hands frequently, especially after touching frequently used surfaces or items; avoid touching your face; sneeze or cough into a tissue or inside your elbow; wipe down surfaces with disinfectant often.— If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people. I am attempting to do this as much as possible and I’m 55!— If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that puts you at an increased risk, stay at home and away from people. — Do not visit nursing homes, retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.If we can do this for the next two weeks we may save thousands from being infected with the virus and work faster toward returning our lives and economy to normalcy.This virus is deadly and you don’t need to look any further than our own senate district. The first death in Texas was reported today from Matagorda County, one of my constituents. Our prayers go out to his family and the community.The good news is that with American ingenuity, we have the first clinical trial for a vaccine being conducted. There is much research on therapeutics that could also reduce the effect of the virus, similar to other anti-virals. We are the most innovative nation on earth because of our free enterprise system. In the coming days, there will be more updates. I want to thank our state and federal leaders and most importantly our local leaders, hospitals, and long-term care facilities for their critical and tireless efforts that are saving lives every day. We owe a debt of gratitude to our first responders, health workers and doctors. They are in the trenches of this battle.Stay safe. Be smart. Remember, it’s everything our grandparents taught us. They lived through the toughest of times, and using their lessons of good common sense we will too.”

Posted by Mindy Hord on Wednesday, March 18, 2020

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