There is a new term that has arrived and its one of my favorites that I have ever heard. This term is called the Covidiot! I find this term to be very precise when describing someone who does not follow the rules or guidelines when it comes to our ongoing pandemic concerning COVID19. Covidiots do not like to social distance, they do not follow advice from doctors and disease experts and even their own government. Covidiots think everything is a conspiracy, and they would rather have the country open back up and people go back to work while people are still dying in mass numbers from COVID19.
As a covidiot you may not understand that social distancing and closures of businesses are essential to stopping community spread of the coronavirus. Flattening the curve is a concept that prevents the number of infections from accelerating too quickly and overwhelming our medical systems. Social distancing also protects the more vulnerable and those with comorbidities from dying in higher numbers from COVID19. The fact that we have seen those numbers come down means that the worst-case scenarios have been avoided due to social distancing and the business closures implemented by our government.
So why are covidiots protesting all over our country with a request to go on with life as usual in the middle of a pandemic? Ignorance runs deep and has a viral way of spreading. People prefer to hear from those who align with their belief systems rather than those who are masters on the topic with doctorates. These experts do active research and publish peer-reviewed studies that they themselves have conducted along with a team of professionals from around the globe.
So let’s say that you catch this virus and do not die, there are now recovered patients who are athletes such as divers and runners who have permanent lung damage. This permanent lung damage will forever prevent them from doing the sports that they love. In other words you do not want this virus even if you survive because you may never be the same. It’s like saying yeah you can survive being shot, but why get shot when you can avoid? Some may recover and be fine but others may suffer permanent damage, and at worst lose their lives.
There has been enormous controversy as to why Black and Hispanic communities have been suffering disproportionately with SARS COVID19. Headlines have been plastered everywhere of Blacks and Hispanics dying at higher rates. Many reasons that have been alluded to are disproportionate access to medical care, having low wages or essential jobs where the likelihood of working in close quarters with other infected people increases. The news is all about sensationalism for the sake of selling headlines. At many times this could leave the reader with more questions than answers, and even cause more harm than good by sowing the seeds for racism and division.
So what is really behind the statistical truth that people with darker skin are turning up with higher rates of COVID19 deaths and hospitalizations? Dr. John Campbell gave a great video on “Vitamin D and Immunity, Lots of Evidence”. Dr. John Campbell brought light to the fact that 40% of people in northern latitudes are Vitamin D deficient with a greater emphasis on darker skin. Darker skin absorbs less vitamin D especially at northern latitudes where the sun is weaker. He observed that the Samilian communities in Scandinavia are also dying at higher rates compared to their lighter-skinned neighbors in the same communities. It is known that those who have lower amounts of Vitamin D have a harder time fighting off upper respiratory infections. Therefore people with darker skin should be taking a vitamin D supplement in Northern latitudes such as the United States and Europe. If you are of lighter skin and you do not get sunlight you still should be taking a Vitamin D supplement to ward off upper respiratory infection which will leave you better equipped to fight off COVID19. Though having lighter skin leaves you at an advantage at absorbing Vitamin D more effectively in Northern latitudes than those with darker skin, this does not excuse you from having a Vitamin D deficiency it just leaves you at a lower likelihood of having that affliction.
With that being said, I feel that Covid19 will not hit Africa as hard as it did in the Northern latitudes because sunlight there is focused and abundant where even the darkest skin will receive enough Vitamin D while blocking most harmful UVA and UVB radiation which will help in fighting off upper respiratory infections. I conclude this is another reason why Australia may also be doing so well with COVID19, (abundance of sunlight and high vitamin D absorption). The darker-skinned you are, the more you will need to take a supplement in northern latitudes seasonally and seek sunlight during the summer months.
The Keto Diet is all the rage right now. With that being said there are a lot of opportunities to try new recipes that revolve around this topic. Check out the new vlog and let me know if you whip up any Keto Brownies and how you liked them. Talk soon, enjoy.
After seeing this clear and present danger coming out of Wuhan China, I tried my very best to warn friends and family of this Pandemic that was on its way, I spent extensive periods of time reading articles and watching videos by scientist and doctors, reading articles written by WHO and the CDC. We were warned loud and clear and had about a 2-month head start before the impact was felt in my home country the way it had impacted China. But it was largely ignored by everyone. A few people I knew listened but the vast majority lived in a state of denial and had no idea what was about to hit them. Our government also did nothing to properly warn people of the impending danger. The danger was suppressed and it is was called a mild Cold or Flu.
Today we have paid the ultimate price for the ignorance and under-preparedness my country displayed. Once the virus hit the reaction was reactive instead of proactive. With little bits of truth trickling out at a time. Today at this moment there are 10,450 dead in the united states in only 3 weeks since the first deaths started happening. If that is not startling I don’t know what it is. But there is a glimmer of hope! The cases in at least NYC seem to have plateaued and slowed down. Is this indication of a long term trend? Everyone is sincerely hoping so. Pandemics have happened throughout human history. It’s not only the virus that kills us… The partisan politics, the arrogant disregard for scientific literature, and the disregard for knowledge all together in order to satisfy one’s own belief systems. These belief systems could be political, religious, or simply self-serving or bred out of pure indifference and nihilism. I hope we learn a great lesson from all of this. One that brings all of humanity closer together for the collective good of us all. We need those professionals, we need those doctors and scientists, we need our early warning systems and the ability to take preventive measures. Preventative measures could have saved thousands and perhaps millions of lives if the future death toll continues to rise worldwide with now 79,938 dead globally. We need to value and take advice from those who work hard to protect us all. They are the answers to your nightly prayers if you listen and heed the warnings.
Dr. Duc C Vuong is an amazing weight loss surgeon who has an outstanding youtube vlog on the Corona Virus. He holds no information back and gives it to you based on what his Medical Degree calls for and does not soften the blow. Pure facts are all that matters during times like this. I recommend that you check out all of his videos to be fully informed on the Pandemic.
The Corona Virus is a topic of the ages! I constantly heard comments on how benign it is. How its nothing but a Flu! How other epidemics and pandemics have been worse. But are these things true? Has the entire world been overreacting to a simple and feeble Corona Virus? Are millions of people totally and completely out of touch with reality? One of the many quotes by the U.S. President Donald J Trump was to “treat this Virus like a Flu”. He repeated the mantra that this will be gone in a week or so and that we will be back in business. Trump has been forced to walk back on many of his statements since this time and has left much of the country at a loss as to the seriousness of the situation. Donald J Trump has even gone as far as to call the Corona Virus a “Democratic hoax”.
The Pandemic being called a “Democratic Hoax” which was waged so that Trump loses his reelection is a damning condemnation to the credibility of the seriousness of the event at hand. This condemnation of the issue became a partisan issue, while in reality is a dangerous and devastating non-partisan health issue. What also exacerbates the situation is the fact that Corona Virus has first struck hardest in more left-leaning parts of the country. Which left the areas of the country who lean right largely inundated with conspiracy theories which proclaim the illegitimacy of the Pandemic at hand. One thing that scientists and all medical professionals understand is that denial and wishful thinking do absolutely nothing to stop Pandemics. Those states that largely find themselves free of the plight and horrors of the virus will have their reckoning in the coming days and weeks. Denial and conspiracies will no longer bring the comfort it once brought to those delusional minds infected with dangerous partisan politics. A rude awakening is at hand that I wish on no one. But we were warned by scientists, and medical professionals who risk their lives on the front lives of this battle to take control of our collective invisible enemy. Our battle is not with eachother. This war will not be won clawing at each other’s throats through political posturing and jousting. This war will be won by making an about-face and staring with a magnified collective focus at our collective microscopic enemy. We shall not allow this enemy to confuse our language and turn us against one another as if we were the denizens building the tower of Babel. We shall bind together again with one language and one tongue to put our minds together to defeat this Viral killer.
Covid-19 Accumulated over 44,000 deaths in only 3 months for a bit of perspective!
In deep sorrow my family has lost Bruce D McAllister to Covid19 ! He was a loving husband to his wife and amazing father to his son. He was kind and generous and wanted nothing but the best for everyone around him. He served is country in the military and was overall and outstanding citizen. We are all shocked to have lost our family member. If this can happen to him it can happen to anyone. Please closely follow CDC warnings and protocols and stay safe.