Thus far, the Coronavirus has killed 361 people during the 2019-2020 flu season (as of 2/3/2020). As bad as this sounds, there seems to be little from the media in terms of putting all the figures and sensational headlines into perspective and to tell us what it all means. For example, in the U.S. alone, the flu (in general) has killed an estimated 10,000 people this flu season (according to CDC estimates from their week 4 Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report 1/25/20). Astonishingly, this rate of death is not abnormal when you consider the CDC estimated in the same report that 19,000,000 have had the flu this year. The point is, the media also almost never does the math for us, which puts the death rate of the coronavirus (361 dead and 17,205 confirmed cases) on a similar level to the common flu (around 2%).
Our Immune System is the Key
The media also never mentions the health profile of the dead (which are almost all people with previous chronic health conditions, i.e. older age and/or people with previous medical conditions). This follows the normal pattern for all flu strains, as the older population tends to be particularly impacted by the flu. This is due, in part, to how older individual’s immune system responds in general (it tends to react to viruses with more internal inflammation then younger people). This additional inflammation can cascade down to other medical conditions and cause complications, in some cases death. The other reason older people are more impacted by the flu (and especially those flu strains with respiratory related symptoms…like the coronavirus) is that they often have chronic health conditions like diabetes and/or COPD. When you have a virus that reduces oxygen capacity in the lungs, it would make sense that those with reduced lung capacity would have more respiratory related complications.
But none of these facts and perspectives should make this less alarming to the average person. What is true about the coronavirus, and the flu strain we are seeing here in the United States, is both the increased number of cases (the CDC report indicated that Influenza is widespread this year in Puerto Rico and 49 states) and the severity of the symptoms (the CDC report cites that the number of patients seeking medical services due to the flu is double the baseline rate this year 5.7% vs a baseline of 2.4%). Which means, the flu is giving us harsher symptoms and is more widespread than normal.
One possible explanation for the increased spread and severity of the flu in recent years could be the declining overall health of the population at large.
Many of the major chronic diseases that lead to death due from flu complications have been on the rise in the US (and worldwide). Chronic diseases such as diabetes and COPD have become tragically common in modern times (the global prevalence of diabetes among adults over 18 years of age has risen from 4.7% in 1980 to 8.5% in 2014…In 2015, 3.2 million people died from COPD worldwide, an increase of 11.6 percent compared with 1990).
All this indicates the importance of maintaining overall health and the devastating impact of chronic disease and declining nutrition/exercise in modern society. Perhaps the media’s message should be that the coronavirus is just another example of the many risks of leading an unhealthy lifestyle, consuming unhealthy products in excess and consuming a diet with a limited nutritional profile.
These factors have resulted in more people with a compromised immune response (thus the rising prevalence of the flu and why people are feeling sicker when they get the flu). Additionally, declining overall health leads to chronic health conditions (it should also be said that not everyone with these diseases have the disease due to unhealthy lifestyles, but a large percent do). Chronic health conditions often become deadly when your immune system reacts with additional internal inflammation. Finally, older people need better nutrition then they are getting. They also need to consume a diet and/or take products that naturally promote reduced internal inflammation.
There are many natural products that help your body increase immunity and overall health (sometimes diet alone is not enough).
Reish mushroom is one of the most effective foods that’s able to strengthen your immune system fast.
Reishi is loaded with nutrients that include carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and fiber, as well as potassium, calcium, magnesium, selenium, iron, and zinc, among other minerals.
It fights bacteria and viruses and strengthens the immune system. It also prevents from liver damage, diabetes, and cancer.