There is a lot of concern at the moment about the Corona virus and understandably so. It’s life threatening and highly contagious.
At the time of writing this post, the virus has infected about 20,000 people, the majority in Mainland China. The fatality rate stands at 2%, A recent NY Times article quoted Dr. Lipkin ,an epidemiologist at Columbia University who advised the Chinese government and the World Health Organization during the SARS outbreak. He wrote that “the majority of fatal cases are elderly and/or have a chronic disease that would increase their susceptibility to infectious diseases.” The article also stated “Medical experts have found that the virus does not appear to be killing young and otherwise healthy people” However the world is in hysteria about it. The news is full of it.
At the risk of being controversial, the Corona virus sounds to me like nothing more than a really bad flu. Did you know that in the US alone, traditional flus kill thousands upon thousands of people every year? And it barely makes the headlines. Does that mean that we shouldn’t be taking the Corona virus seriously? No. Does that mean we shouldn’t be taking the precautions we are taking? No. But does it mean we should be scared out of our wits about it? No. But so many people are.
That my friends brings me to the most infectious virus there is, and that’s fear. Fear in all it’s various strains, whether it’s Fear of the Corona Virus, Fear of terrorism, Fears of economic recession, Fear of the Unknown… on and on the list goes, there are enough to fill a medical dictionary. Here is my “Fear Fact Sheet”.
THE FEAR VIRUS
Symptoms: (some or all, but not restricted to): Stress, Sleeplessness, Racism, Prejudice, Dishonesty, Cheating, Stealing, Aggression, Hatred
Transmitted by: predominantly Media outlets who peddle it with zeal, Social Media and Word of Mouth
The Most Vulnerable: Those who have a poor mental diet, people susceptible to negativity
Prevention: The most successful way of inoculating yourself is in keeping within a positive environment. That means watching what you read, watch and listen to and who you associate with.
Fortunately for us, the positivity bug is also contagious. Unlike with the Corona Virus, we can choose which bug we’re going to carry, positivity and faith or fear.
Which carrier will you be? Because that will determine your outcomes in life and the impact you have on the world.