Forget the Coronavirus

Seriously. As crazy as it sounds, what you really need to be worried about is the good old fashioned, got it at the office, FLU.

Coronavirus is clearly a bad deal. About 2% of the people who have gotten it have died. That said, a lot of those people weren't in stellar health to begin with so a virus, especially one that attacks the respiratory system, wasn't a winning hand. It's not the worst deal though. Remember SARS? In 2002 SARS killed almost 10% of everyone who was infected with it. About 8,000 people got SARS, and nearly 800 died. 45% of people who contracted Ebola died.

The chances of dying from the flu, from a percentage standpoint, are miniscule . About 18,000,000 people get the flu in the United States each year. Only 1% of those, about 180,000 have to be admitted to the hospital for it. So there's about a 99 out of 100 chance that even if you get the flu you won't end up in the hospital. Let's assume you're that one unlucky person out of 100 who gets stuck in the hospital with the flu. Only 1 in every 18 of those people actually dies.

And you know how many that is? A TON. 1,550 people died from the flu in Louisiana in 2019. There were something between 35 and 60 thousand deaths in the United States from the flu. Your chances of dying from the flu, even though it's FAR less deadly than Coronavirus, are MUCH MUCH MUCH higher than your chances of dying from something like Ebola or SARS or Coronavirus because those diseases just aren't prevalent.

As of February 10th, 2020 there are 12, that's right TWELVE, confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the United States.

Here's what you need to do:

1) Go buy a small bottle of hand sanitizer and keep it with you. One in the car, one in the purse, one in the briefcase, one in the pocket. Just do it.

2) Learn to religiously wash your hands. ESPECIALLY in public. That's how the flu spreads.

3) Eat foods that are packed with Vitamin D and Vitamin C. That means fatty fish like salmon and mackerel, citrus fruits, and green leafy vegetables.

4) Get some sun. Anywhere from 50 to 90 percent of the Vitamin D in your body (and it's in every single cell in your body) is produced by exposure to sunlight. Don't be a hermit.

5) Stay hydrated. Your body loses its ability to fight infections when you're dehydrated.

6) Get some sleep. And be honest about it. Going to bed at 11 and watching TV until 11:35, then having your alarm set for 6:42 so you can get two 9 minute snoozes in before you roll out at 7:00 isn't getting 8 and a half hours of sleep. It's getting 7. Get 8 hours of sleep. When you're rested your body has a much better chance of fighting infections.

Too many people die needlessly each year in the United States from the flu. Nobody here has died from Coronavirus. Worry about the everyday killer that's showing up at your restaurants, your schools, your churches, and your offices... not the bat-stew flu that's on the other side of the planet.

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