How I deal with a virus gone viral

The COVID19 virus needs to be contained, but media-whipped panic is counterproductive.

Here is my response:

It’s not in my area as yet. All the same, I see people wearing face masks (which have low efficiency in stopping infection; are useful for a contagious person to stop spreading it).

There is a run on toilet paper for a respiratory disease. Crazy.

If it comes here, about 1/25 of people exposed to it catch it. Either I will or I won’t. So what.

If I catch it, it’ll probably be mild, but if it’s severe, so what.

About 2% of those infected die from it. So, it probably won’t kill me. If it does, well, I need to die of something, why not that?

This is equanimity.

When you worry, when you imagine the worst and act as if it was already true, then you are sabotaging your immune system. When in the state of mind equanimity induces, of inner peace, your immune system works at its best.

So, yes, take reasonable, rational precautions, but… so what. We survive everything, even death.

About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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6 Responses to How I deal with a virus gone viral

  1. Dear Bob,
    People forget that God can take us any time. He doesn’t need the corona virus to do it.

    Be prepared. Do what you can to prevent getting it. Wash your hands. Stay away from sick people. Accept that you could get it. It is also possible that you won’t get it.

    Hope you survive no matter what!

    Thanks for being you.

    Never Give Up
    Joan

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  2. Jenny Ransley says:

    Exactly my attitude too. As for the toilet paper – who knows what goes through another’s mind, especially if in panic mode.

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    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Thank you, Jenny. the funny thing about toilet paper is that it seems to be literally thousands of people. I could understand stocking up on tins of baked beans or something, but a year’s supply of bum wipes???

      🙂

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  3. Kraen CIoffi says:

    Well put, Dr. Bob. The media loves to whip-up a frenzy.

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