What The Experts Are Predicting About COVID-19
COVID-19 has spread worldwide to countries such as the USA, Italy, South Korea and Iran, with cases emerging all over Europe, Asia and the Middle East. At the time of writing this article, over 100 countries and territories have been affected. With its growing exposure around the world, I was concerned about the longer-term effects of this virus pandemic. I researched and found a very informative article by James Hamblin, a staff writer at The Atlantic and lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health.
It’s an eye-opening worthy read, but I’ve gone ahead and summarised the main points for you:
- Coronaviruses are similar to influenza viruses, and 4 coronaviruses commonly infect humans, causing colds. These are believed to have evolved in humans to maximise their spread. In short, this means they sicken, but generally not kill, people.
- COVID-19 is highly infectious, and some people, though contagious, may not even exhibit or experience any symptoms at all.
- Marc Lipsitch, an epidemiology professor at Harvard University, said: “I think the likely outcome is that it [COVID-19] will ultimately not be containable.” He predicts that within 2020, some 40-70% of people around the world will be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. I find this rather disconcerting.
- The emerging consensus amongst epidemiologists is that the most likely outcome of this outbreak is a new seasonal disease – a fifth “endemic” coronavirus. With the other four coronaviruses, people are not known to have developed a long-lasting immunity. If the disease continues to be as severe as it is now, the “cold and flu season” could become the “cold, flu and COVID-19 season.”
- We also can’t depend on a vaccine to save us from COVID-19. To research, develop, test and market such a vaccine will take a substantial amount of time – at least 18 months – and that estimate is overly optimistic. By the time a vaccine is ready, the outbreak may be over and the virus may have already mutated.
Basically, we will have to live with the existence of COVID-19. No suitable, specific treatment exists, nor may ever exist. In the future, we’re more than likely going to have to deal with frequent epidemics and mutated viruses.
But these insights are not a cause to panic. There is much we can do to prepare ourselves to deal with this. I believe that how we react to these flu-like viruses will ultimately depend on the state of our health and the strength of our immune system.
What Can We Do?
We can certainly take matters into our own hands by:
(a) maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle habits
We really cannot underestimate how much diet and lifestyle habits can impact your immunity. In fact, Dr Heather Zwickey PhD, Professor of Immunology and Lead Researcher of the University of Natural Medicine (Oregon), stated that getting adequate and uninterrupted sleep is the most important way to recharge your immune system. She said that diet and exercise is also key.
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(c) keeping your mental state positive
We need to remember that not everyone develops severe symptoms if they were to contract the virus. For many, a strong immune system fights the virus as easily as it would the common flu.
While taking the necessary preventative steps, it’s very empowering to also hold the belief that we are Healthy, Strong and Protected!
For a few minutes daily, you could sit in prayer or meditation and focus on the belief that you, your loved ones and all of us will get through this safely. A practice of declaring positive affirmations to yourself and to one another can put us all in a much more peaceful and positive state of mind.
Stress depresses our immune system, so keeping up good spirits and feeling hopeful is a very important healthy habit!
(d) helping others
This is a good time for all of us to practise kindness and service to others. Many elderly people and those with pre-existing health conditions are more susceptible to succumbing to the virus. Many live alone or do not much of a support network.
Calling them to have a chat and reassuring them that they are not isolated and alone would be a great way to not only cheer them up but cheer yourself up.
Instead of feeling doom and gloom, let this virus pandemic be an opportunity to take much better care of ourselves as well as one another.
Together We Conquer.