I shared this in my private newsletter a while back about combatting Covid fear and people overwhelmingly said it was refreshing and appreciated the dose of common sense, so I thought I'd post it here too…
Kent and I haven't feared Covid, even from the beginning almost a year ago.
We wear masks if required to, but otherwise we still go to Mass, get together with friends, travel, and generally keep living our lives. We see most of our friends and family members, but not all–and we respect those who are more leery about being together right now, which was sad around the holidays for sure.
Maybe you DO fear it though, especially if you're older or have risk factors, and if so that just means you're human, so I thought I'd share a few random thoughts about combatting Covid fear…
- First, we know that God knows the length of our days. Of course we'd rather not leave here yet, but we know where we're going and that brings peace no matter what happens. Life is risky any way you cut it and as Joel Salatin says, “None of us are getting out of here alive.” Here's a great quote by C.S. Lewis:
New ways to die shouldn't change the way in which we live.
“In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. ‘How are we to live in an atomic age?’ I am tempted to reply: ‘Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.’
In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.
This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.”
~ C.S. Lewis – How Are We To Live In an Atomic Age' (1948)
- Whether you are high-risk or not, we should all be wise about building up your immune system. (Read more at that post with lots of recommendations.) Here are a few: get sleep, take your supplements, go for a walk, decrease stress, and eat well–please don't eat junk food/fast food regularly and in the next breath say you're worried about getting Covid! A strong immune system will help us avoid getting sick or hopefully at least help us fight it off easier if we do get it.
- It's not that we think getting Covid would be a cake-walk, we have several friends who had it and while some said they had no symptoms and others said it was no worse than a bad cold, still we have one friend who said it was definitely not fun, with rough symptoms for 2 solid weeks. Then of course a few get it bad enough to go to the hospital or even worse. It's all over the board. I'm fairly confident that if we did get it though, we'd know what to do to hopefully keep symptoms minimal, and high-risk or not, you can learn about these many natural remedy suggestions too. (Check that post now so you can have the remedies on hand, so you'll be ready just in case!)
- Besides those remedies, there are also the conventional meds that have been very successful at treating Covid, and for the life of me I can't figure out why this isn't widely reported in the mainstream. When I posted about this on Facebook last week, my post was removed–why?!!! Maybe because then people wouldn't be scrambling to get the experimental shot? (Check this out, it's well written and easy to understand: 18 Reasons I Won't Be Getting the Covid Shot.) See my post here with research-it-first-advice.
- Here's my new post: Getting a doctor's Rx for the “forbidden” Covid meds.
- We aren't ones who think that Covid is “just the flu” as some say, but we also don't believe it's as bad as the media tells us either. No matter where you fall on that spectrum, dying from Covid is a possibility, and it's so sad when that happens, no matter their age or if they had risk factors! In rare cases you may even know someone who died from it who was young and had zero risk factors. Again that's the sad part of life–tragic things do happen in our world, they always have! But this is not as common as the media leads us to believe and the vast majority of people who get it do recover. And just like we don't stop driving a car for the small chance that we could be in an accident, I also don't believe that the Covid risks are big enough to warrant isolating everyone from each other all these months. There are too many guaranteed problems with the lock-down scenario, like what we've seen in this past year: Suicide rates skyrocketing, poor seniors dying alone in hospitals or nursing homes, cases of anxiety and depression through the roof, crushing loneliness, stressed out families trying to keep it all together working at home while schooling their kids too, livelihoods destroyed, and so much more. Not to mention that our immune system is strengthened by being around others! Again though, there are no guarantees in life, whether it's Covid, another disease, or an accident for that matter, I could be gone tomorrow, any of us could! For us we'll keep using common sense, but we also want to keep living until the day it's our time to die.
- Try to control and limit what goes into your mind. Turn off the news and remember the high recovery rates: percentages in the high 90's from all sources including the CDC! Even in older or high-risk populations it's not as bad as we were led to believe early-on. And remember that the CDC numbers don't even take into account the many falsely reported Covid deaths. My close friend's brother died of a heart attack recently and it was labeled a Covid death. She had to fight to get that off his death certificate, but most people wouldn't bother! I've heard more than one firsthand story like this and I'm guessing many of you have too. Even the CDC director admitted this is happening because hospitals get more money for a Covid death. There's a lot I don't know, but does this make sense to you?! Maybe someone can enlighten me.
- Use common sense always. If you're sick, stay home. Don't be around others who are sick, obviously.
- Masks are super controversial for sure. We wear them where required or when asked to out of respect for those who are nervous, but we're not exactly convinced of how protective they really are. Just like with anything, there are people on “both sides” of that issue saying different things. Remember last year when Fauci said masks aren't necessary? And did you see this article about how gross masks are? Also at that link are more mask studies.
I've never understood this: if masks work, then why not let the people decide? If you're part of a vulnerable population and you want to be extra careful, then yes, stick close to home and wear a mask if you choose. However, many are unable to wear them for whatever reason (which is none of our business) and there should be no shame and no mandates either way, do we live in the Land of the Free or not?
Some will say, “Wearing a mask protects others not yourself.” But this makes no sense. If they do work, they wouldn't provide only one-way protection! Or if you say, “It's just more protection, the more people who are wearing masks”, then I have to ask, but where does it stop? Are you in the “everyone should be wearing 2 or 3 or 4 masks just to be sure” camp? This can be taken too far, do you agree?
Our daughter works in a daycare and for these babies to never see faces and smiles, that just cannot be good for their social development! This is a good example of just one of the many “bigger picture questions”: What's the bigger risk? Millions of children developmentally affected in so many detrimental ways vs. the small chance of a bad case of covid (which rarely affects kids, and for those who are older, it can almost always be treated with natural remedies or the drugs that are working)?!
So again, shouldn't we preserve everyone's freedom to decide which risks they are most comfortable with? That seems like the American way, but this is just my opinion!
I will say this:
I'm SO thankful that I haven't been in a position of leadership during this time where I've had to make decisions that would affect many people, because these leaders are screwed no matter what they do.
- Most importantly, BEFORE you consider getting the experimental Covid shot, YOU MUST READ THIS FIRST: Research-it-First Advice.
Do you disagree with me on any of these points?
I welcome your friendly dialogue about this post here or on social media, really I do! But if you get sarcastic, snippy or snotty, I will either not approve your comment or delete it. I believe that it's possible for us to disagree nicely and still be friends, but life is too short to be nasty to each other.
More you might like:
- Have you heard this? A Different Take On Our State Of Emergency: “There is much frustration and confusion surrounding everything that’s happened in the past 12+ months related to COVID-19. Lockdowns, shuttered businesses, curfews & more have left a lot of us asking important questions. Dr. David Martin, the Founder and Chairman of M-CAM Inc., discusses evidence that indicates that SARS-CoV2 has been manipulated to limit freedom and compromise our health.“
- Are you required to sanitize often? Use this simple DIY natural sanitizer instead of the toxic ones from the store. I keep it in my purse so when someone comes at me with theirs, I just pop mine out.
- Watch this doctor explain what happened when he really dug in to learn more about vaccines and the CDC. (This was way before Covid, but still completely relevant…) A doctor's tearful apology on behalf of the medical community.
- Have you seen my newly revised and expanded Real Food for Rookies book?!
Yes, thanks for the great words of wisdom. It’s so hard living in CA during this time. I long for the freedom of Texas!