I’m not always alarmed by any given story in the news. However, I still try to keep aware to what’s going on, and what caught my attention the most was the coronavirus. With a simple search you can find what it’s about yourselves. As of now, I’m not going to talk about it because I want to address some realities surrounding it. One that caught my attention were reports from Italy where people were clearing grocery shelves. To me that’s a clear sign of emergency that makes me believe this isn’t some novel virus. If it were, you wouldn’t have people behaving this way or certain businesses shutting production down.

Imagine the impact or reactions for the rest of this year and beyond. The very idea leads me to plan ahead before similar responses hit close to home, but what can an individual really do to protect themselves? I’ll leave some sources I found below, but I also think there are other things just as important. For instance, our health is a luxury and maintaining it should be more desirable than obtaining wealth or peace in my opinion. To that point, it must be a priority. In regards to this virus, it’s not unreasonable to suggest we do our immune systems a favor and use substances that improve and support it, and not use (or limit) substances that inhibit or weaken it. Every day we have a chance to do this considering our bodies are in a constant state of building and destroying, so the materials we give it matters a lot here.

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Note: Down below are more sources on this point, but I suggest you research what builds and suppresses the immune system and come to your own conclusions on what’s best.

My other suggestion is to stock your house with all the essentials. For example, water (I recommend buying a distiller), toilet paper, bulk foods and whatever it is you require on a consistent basis. The rationale is there’s no guarantee the store down the street or the market you buy supplies from will always have what you need. Imagine the people in Italy who came to the store only to see it empty. Imagine this virus disrupts supply chains for goods we all need. To what extent, I don’t know. At the same time we can never be too sure. As far as I can tell, there are many unknowns to what this virus can do to society as a whole. It may all be paranoia I’m experiencing or an issue being overblown, and the last thing I desire is panic or worry in anybody. Stress like that has its own downsides.

For the most part, that’s why I’m writing and recommending we take the necessary precautions. As a collective we’re better off having the things we need for extended periods of time, building our immune systems and doing other measures to prevent this virus from affecting us than to wait until shit hits the fan. Maybe it won’t, but why take that risk in light of what we now know? The best case scenario is you’ll have a bunch of supplies, a functional immune system and nothing abnormal happens. As a result, I think that’s better than the alternative scenario, which seems more likely considering reports saying this virus is here to stay. For this reason alone it’s best to be proactive and a step ahead of whatever awaits us from now on.

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Paul Nuki; Sarah Newey; Anne Gulland. “Coronavirus Symptoms: What to Look for, Who to Contact and How to Treat It.” The Telegraph, 26 Feb. 2020, www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/coronavirus-symptoms-vaccine

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