I had many interesting comments and questions this week about the illness COVID-19 (from the virus named SARS-CoV-2). One interesting thought process that I saw 3 or 4 times (which was alarmingly surprising to me) was asking me if I thought this was all just a hoax. This is so important to talk about, I want to address it first.
One person mentioned how we have been threatened in the past with other viruses like SARS and MERS and ZIKA Virus, and even wanted to know... why don't these viruses exist anymore?
The truth is, though we aren't seeing SARS, MERS and ZIKA virus DO EXIST. You BET they exist! Lets just talk about the Zika virus as an example:
It is still present but in much lower numbers than the occurrence of the 2015-2016 epidemic. BECAUSE of the 2015-2016 epidemic, much more was discovered about the cause and spread of ZIKA - and Epidemiology was critical to it's current successful decline.
The ability to detect it earlier with the development of diagnostics and YES vaccines... along with better vector control and treatment... the epidemic was controlled. That is what we hope happens with SARS-CoV-2 (which causes COVID-19). It's not all about scaring people.
But you know, we NEED to be a little scared. That's what is getting people to be more vigilant about washing their hands and being actively engaged in protecting themselves. I believe in giving credit where credit is due.
I am a maverick when it comes to treating causes and staying away from pushing pills. But I used to be an hospitalist and care for the sickest of the sick in the ICU. Do you think I used essential oils, herbs and supplements for them? I used the big guns to save lives.
Sure I PREFER to do this kind of PREVENTIVE medicine. Washing hands, boosting immune function, nutrient status and hormones to PREVENT disease is my favorite thing to do - while helping YOU ALL know all of the NON Pharmacological measures you can take on your own... and RIGHT NOW... many of these are CRITICAL to preventing the COVID infection from hitting you - or hitting you hard.
But... I am wholly GRATEFUL for all the work our CDC and WHO and health departments and epidemiologists and doctors and researchers are all doing right now to STOP this thing. It does NOT look like it's going to be stopped. But I believe it does appear it can be controlled.
The best thing is that YOU can improve your chance of NOT getting infected. And YOU can improve YOUR chance of having a more MILD illness if you DO get infected... but HONESTLY... I also believe in my GRATEFUL heart, we are not being played. Our CDC, WHO, Public Health Departments are WORKING HARD to help us.
It has been FAR from perfect. I am DISAPPOINTED that we don't have TESTING in our hands for every person we NEED testing for. I am DISAPPOINTED that we are sold out of N95 NIOSH approved masks for even doctors and nurses. And I am DISAPPOINTED that some doctors (mostly employed doctors) and Big Corporations who work in health care are being less transparent than they should about our UNPREPARED STATE.
But I AM STILL grateful for the 1000's of people on the front lines of this thing. People you never see or hear about. It's not just all bad Big Pharma. There IS a lot of good things in our Big Beautiful World - and we're seeing it happen right now.