Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is predicting “millions” of coronavirus cases in the United States, with 100,000 to 200,000 deaths, reports the Associated Press.
Appearing on Sunday television news shows, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director delivered a prognosis that would surpass the death toll of the annual seasonal flu. Meanwhile, parts of the country that have been relatively untouched by the virus should prepare for that to change, said Deborah Birx, MD, head of the White House coronavirus task force. “No state, no metro area, will be spared,” she said.
As I’ve said all along the virus has been here since December and as we continue to test we will find more and more cases. It’s already spread to every state and jurisdiction in the U.S.
Currently as of today Monday 30-30-2, there are 140,904 cases in the U.S. and 2,405 deaths.
As of Sunday (March 29), only 766,761 COVID-19 tests had been run in the U.S. according to the COVID Tracking Project. There are over 320 million Americans.
Keep in mind we’ve only just started testing. These numbers will surely go up as more are tested.
The experts are looking at models and numbers. And the estimates are grim.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the seasonal flu killed between 12,000 and 61,000 people a year since 2010.
Experts whose job it is to track, treat, and prevent epidemics like COVID-19, are responsible for following statistics and sharing past experiences. That is their job. But no one can tell for sure how this viral pandemic will play out. No one has a crystal ball.
Before everyone loses their mind from hearing numbers like 100,000-200,000 coronavirus related deaths, please realize that heart disease alone kills over 647,457 Americans each year.
The best thing anyone can do is to try to get and stay as healthy as you can. Get healthy to prevent not only Corona Virus but heart attack, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, fibromyalgia, IBS, COPD…this could be a wake up call for our nation to focus on getting healthy, not just treating the symptoms of disease.
Over 100 million Americans, one in three have high blood pressure. One in 10 or 34 million Americans have diabetes. Almost 99 million American adults, or 39%, are obese. If we mobilized the country to focus on “health” (not treating disease), getting and staying healthy, like we are with Corona Virus, we could see a dramatic difference in the number of chronically ill in our country.
Now that we learning about viruses, immunity, and vulnerabilities, lets open the dialogue up to what every American can do to live and enjoy a healthier, happier life.
Over the next several blogs I’ll be sharing steps you can take to get healthier.
PLEASE STAY CALM.
Here is what you can do to avoid the Corona Virus
Here are preventative measures that you should keep in mind:
Self Quarantine. Stay Home. If you do have to go out follow these guidelines:
- Don’t shake hands! Use a fist bump, slight bow, or nod, etc.
- Use your knuckle, elbow or gloved hand to touch light switches, elevator buttons, etc. Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel, shirtsleeve wrapped hand or use a disposable glove.
- Open doors with your closed fist, elbow, foot, or hip – do not grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door.
- Use disinfectant wipes at the stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts. And
- Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds and use throw away paper towels. This is the gold standard! If you’re out of the house and come into contact with others, then wash your hands several times a day. If you can’t use soap and water then use a 60% or greater alcohol-based hand sanitizer. But as soon as you can wash your hands with soap and water!
- Keep a bottle of sanitizer with you at all times-purse, briefcase, car, etc. and use frequently.
- If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use your elbow only if you have to. The clothing on your elbow will contain infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more! As soon as possible wash any clothes you feel have been contaminated.
- Consider using latex or nitrile latex disposable gloves for use when going shopping, using the gasoline pump, and all other outside activity when you come in contact with contaminated areas.
- Surgical masks won’t prevent you from catching COVID-19, but they are helpful in preventing you from touching your nose and/or mouth. The mask will not prevent the virus in a direct sneeze from getting into your nose or mouth – it is only to keep you from touching your nose or mouth. It does help those who are infected not to spread the virus.
- Keep your stress to a minimum. Stress is THE catalyst for disease! Get plenty of rest. Don’t over do it. Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water-half your weight in ounces.
- Avoid sugar! Sugar lowers your immune system-same for alcohol. Sugars and other simple carbohydrates result in a 50% reduction of white blood cell activity for up to five hours.
I’m recommending my patients take the following supplements to boost their immune system –> see the list HERE