The Internet is a wealth of useful information for many different things. Unfortunately, when it comes to medical matters, there can be people who lean toward two different extremes – neither of which are good.
On the one hand, you get people who downplay the seriousness of diseases like the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This can lead to a faster spread of the disease due to ignorance and a lack of proper preparation.
On the other, you end up with fearmongering. Whether the goal is to scare you into taking action or into buying some overpriced product that may or may not even help, this is not a good approach either. Panic buying results in people hoarding supplies that they may not even need and that others who are in need will now have to go without.
Let’s look at some real information about coronavirus so that you can take appropriate steps to protect yourself and your family. At the same time, you can avoid the fear and uncertainty that comes when misinformation bombards us from all sides.
As of the writing of this article, here are the most up-to-date statistics regarding the novel coronavirus both here and abroad. For more info, here is a live COVID-19 statistic counter.
Unfortunately, some people have compared coronavirus to the common flu in order to downplay the seriousness of this health condition. It is true that the CDC estimates 34 million or more people have had the flu since the autumn of 2019, and over 20,000 have died. On the surface, this makes the flu seem much worse because of the sheer numbers. However, 20,000 deaths among tens of millions of patients is a mortality rate of less than 0.1%. How does this compare with COVID-19?
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Based on the statistics from the CDC, the coronavirus has a mortality rate of 3.4% - about 34 times that of the flu. That means the coronavirus is significantly more dangerous. It also puts certain groups at a much higher death rate. For example, current statistics reveal that coronavirus kills 8% of those in the 70-79 age group who contract the disease and 14.8% of those who are age 80 and older.
So while younger people who are healthy have limited risk, you still don’t want to pass this condition on to others. How can you protect yourself and others, particularly older ones, or those with chronic health ailments?
There are a number of ways that you can reduce your risk of infection. Here are some do’s and don’ts from the CDC website.
There are also some general things that you can do to strengthen your immune system. Here are a few tips.
Harvard health makes the following recommendations for a healthy immune system:
In addition to following these essential suggestions, you may also be able to boost your immune system with daily supplements. Check the Warrior Strong Wellness shop for some great immune system boosting supplements.
While the coronavirus can be scary, we hope our article today has helped you to have a better understanding of how to deal with this condition. Apply the guidelines from the CDC to protect yourself and your loved ones. Don’t underestimate the dangers of this health condition, but don’t be fooled by fearmongers either.
If communities work together to share accurate information and reduce the risk of the spread of this disease, it can limit the overall effect, so be careful and smart in how you react to the ongoing threat of COVID-19.
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