In the US, we now have 220 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across 19 states, with 12 deaths, the latest one in California in Placer County. The person who died, who had underlying health problems so was more vulnerable, had been one of the 2500 people on the Grand Princess cruise, which is being held offshore in the San Francisco Bay until people get screened. In New York alone, more than 2,500 people were instructed to self-quarantine as health officials try to track down anyone who may have been exposed to the state’s first coronavirus cases. At least 22 have tested positive and are in self-isolation.
Because of many possible exposures—and a paucity of tests—many people are being asked to either self-isolate or self-quarantine. What’s the difference? Self-quarantine is for people who may have been exposed but are not showing symptoms. Self-isolation is for people who are sick but not sick enough to need hospital care. (Most people with this virus do not need to be in the hospital since the symptoms are usually no worse than the flu.) Someone I know just returned from traveling, got a fever and cough, went to the doctor, was told there were no tests for coronavirus and was sent home to self-isolate. Her husband is also sick, so they are staying home in order to avoid potentially infecting anyone outside the family. They may have the flu, not the coronavirus, and they are on the mend now but have had to stay home.
Scenarios like this are entirely within the realm of possibility for all of us right now, a potential we might all face—self-quarantine or self-isolation. That’s why it’s worth being prepared for the possibility of not leaving the house for 14 days. During outbreaks, self-isolation and self-quarantine limit the spread and are meant to protect everyone. Most likely, if this happens, you’ll get a nice break from work or school, you’ll have a stay-cation where you can spend more time meditating, being creative, and bonding with your family. And if you get sick and you live in the US, chances are probably as high as 99% that you will fully recover. If you do get severe shortness of breath, our hospitals are equipped to offer ventilator support while your body hopefully fights off the virus. Most people who are getting this virus are recovering fully, so again—don’t panic.
With everyone understandably concerned about coronavirus, I want to draw your attention to something I participated in creating—the Radical Remission docuseries hosted by Kelly Turner, PhD. Kelly and I met a decade ago when I was researching Mind Over Medicine, and Kelly was doing her PhD thesis on people who were cured from stage 4 cancer, either with no conventional medical treatment or with treatment deemed to be only palliative. I’m super excited she put this series together to inspire people with “terminal” diagnoses or “incurable” illnesses—to give people hope and reveal to us all what may be possible. While this docuseries focuses on cancer remission, full recovery from either coronaviruses or cancer both rely on bolstering the immune system. In order to fight off a virus or a cancer, you’ll need to reduce stress responses in your body so your body’s natural self-healing mechanisms can be optimized. What better time to focus on radical health—and relaxing your nervous system—than during a viral outbreak? One of the videos is me and Kelly talking about how to do this.
If You Do Get Sick . . .
- Treatment is supportive. There is no medication that is helpful other than cough medicines, so just treat your symptoms.
- Zinc lozenges (which are sold out practically everywhere) can be helpful.
- Try drinking three or four superfood green juices per day as a way to ramp up your immune response. I make mine fresh out of kale, celery, cucumber, yellow beet, parsley, and ginger.
- Meditate or pray to calm your nervous system and solidify your connection to what I call your Inner Pilot Light (for more tips on Connecting To Your Inner Pilot Light, you can pay what you can to take this program here, or read my book The Daily Flame, or sign up for free daily emails here.
- Use IFS to calm and comfort any parts of you that might be scared. If you want to be part of a community of people doing their “parts” work together, join the IFS Inner Circle here.
- Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. Your body’s self-healing mechanisms work best when you rest a lot.
- If you feel well enough, do something you love. Draw. Write. Play an instrument. Creativity heals.
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