Monday, March 16, 2020
SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic, (2)
First, in dealing with this pandemic (and pandemics in general), it is unhelpful to “panic,” even though that word is actually part of the word pandemic. Anxiety and worry, part of the emotion of fear, can move the brain’s energy and attention away from the conscious thought portion of the brain and down to the subconscious mind and more reactive parts of the brain where stress responses such as Fight-or-Flight, Conserve-Withdraw, and Tend-Befriend are located. Over time, this type of “stress” can interfere with rational and logical thought and can suppress the immune system—exactly what you do not want to have happen. Second, although this virus was identified in Wuhan, China, it is not a Chinese virus or even an Asian virus. Viruses do not target individuals of a specific racial or ethnic background or gender or religious or political affiliation. Typically, a person’s risk relates to their level of healthiness and immune function and the type and amount of exposure to the virus. If a person with an underlying chronic condition becomes infected with the virus (especially a chronic condition related to lung function such as emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or even years or smoking, however, their immune system might have difficulty fighting the illness successfully”. Individuals with asthma may want to access information from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. More tomorrow.