Today I learned that schools in Monaco and all of France won’t open on Monday morning and will remain closed at least until early May 2020. This is the authorities’ emergency response to the Corona virus pandemic that engulfed much of the world.
Whether this response is appropriate or overkill, I cannot say but I think it is important that we not succumb to irrational fear of Corona virus – or any other disease. To put things into proper perspective, consider what we know about pathogens like the poliovirus, TB and malaria:
Our germ-phobic culture
Many people seem to believe that if they come in contact with a virus they will fall ill and develop the full symptoms of the disease in question. But this is an unfounded and unscientific artefact of our germ phobic culture. Germs are everywhere around us at all times, but when they come in contact with our bodies they have to contend with our immune systems.
In her research on malaria, University of Melbourne’s Karen Day wrote: “… human populations in malaria-endemic areas are constantly being infected with the parasite.” But the parasite kills only 2 out of 1,000 infected people. So what sets the 2 apart from the other 998? The most important difference is the strength of their immune systems (the relative intensity of exposure to the pathogen also affects the outcome).
Reject irrational Coronavirus fears!
Like other pathogens, Corona virus is not to be taken lightly. But rather than succumbing to irrational fears, please cultivate calm within and take steps to keep your immune system strong and healthy. A few simple do’s and dont’s will go a long way in ensuring this: get plenty of vitamins and minerals in your diet (preferably from natural foods); reduce or eliminate sugar and alcohol intake; make sure you get sufficient sleep, sun exposure if possible and some exercise outdoors in the fresh air.
Importantly, do not allow yourself to succumb to fear. Stress and anxiety can greatly weaken your natural defenses. Your body is armed with a powerful immune system. Keep it strong and it will keep you healthy. And if you fall ill, it will restore you to good health again.
 Source: Post-Polio Syndrome: Pathophysiology and Clinical Management by Anne Carrington Gawne and Lauro S. Halstead.