We are so close to calling it a wrap on 2020. This has been a challenging year for so many of us. Many of us have had our lives turned upside down by the Coronavirus. Yet, the devastation that this virus is wreaking havoc on seems to vary depending on what country you live in.
I have a unique perspective in being able to see firsthand the differences because I teach English online to adults overseas. So I’m able to hear firsthand the accounts of what they tell me. It’s been an eye-opening experience. The country that really impressed me the most was Germany. I did an episode not too long ago, Episode 122: How has Germany handled the Coronavirus? where we were discussing some of the differences in how this crisis was being handled.
So, I’m back again today to not only discuss the differences but to provide people with more information about how Germany’s healthcare system is set up and suggestions that we can use to stay healthy. I am NOT a doctor so please take the advice that we provide as a reference and always do your own research.
The advice that we are sharing are things that have worked for us so we’re just paying it forward on the off chance that it may help you as well. Without further adieu, let’s get started!
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Many of you already know this, but I teach English online in my spare time and I’m so blessed to have met so many amazing people online.
I’m thrilled to have one of those amazing folks in today’s episode I’m speaking with Chris who is a protein scientist from Germany. Discover the difference in how the United States handled the Coronavirs compared to Germany.
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I hope you’re staying healthy and sane. Based on where you’re located this may be easier for some than others. I’m based in Illinois so our Stay at Home order has been in effect since the weekend of March 20th. We’ll be discussing this even more in today’s episode.
It’s so surreal what we’re currently experiencing. I remember learning about pandemics in history class, watching movies, but I never thought I’d actually be living through one myself.
I have to admit, my lifestyle has trained me for quarantine. I’ve always worked from home. I enjoy exercising outside by myself. I’ve been ordering carryout way before it became the main method of survival for restaurant owners. Again, I feel like I’ve been training for quarantine all my life. Thanks to technology, this virus has not limited my lifestyle at all. I am still able to connect with loved ones and friends around the world.
My conversations with my English students and Spanish teacher have been the most fascinating to me. It’s been amazing to get a firsthand account of how various countries such as Italy, Germany, London, etc. have been handling the Coronavirus situation. My conversations with my friends (some who happen to be scientists and doctors), and other professionals led me to creating this episode.
Before I share my opinion I feel like I have to say, without a doubt some of the things that I’m going to say are probably going to upset some people and that’s ok. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I can assure you that I will not lose sleep at night if you don’t agree with me.
I feel that I also need to say, I think for myself. Neither Democrats nor Republicans represent my values. For the record, as a Christian Do I believe that this virus is real? You betcha. Do I believe that we should have quarantined healthy people and shut down an entire economy for a virus that mimics the flu? No, I don’t believe this should have been the approach at all.
I personally believe that we should have closed our borders like Costa Rica did and those that were sick should have been allowed to stay home without fear of repercussion. It’s the fear of repercussions of losing their jobs, their livelihood that causes those who are sick to emerge into areas that could infect others.
Now I know a lot of people are going to ask, “What about asymptomatic people?” Ok, what about them? The incubation period for the flu is 1 to 4 days and this virus could be up to 14 days (that’s if someone even shows symptoms). This is the part that absolutely drives me insane.
I’ve talked to some of my friends in the medical field and many of them have questioned the rationale as to why and how we are testing for this virus.
1. First of all, what are you testing people for? Many of the tests aren’t reliable.
2. Let’s say you test positive, “Then what?” Especially, if you’re asymptomatic.
3. Despite the fact that testing is supposedly free you’re most likely going to end up paying a ridiculous fee and put you further into debt.
4. Besides, the advice the doctor is most likely going to tell you is the EXACT same advice you will receive if you have the flu. Stay home and get some rest.
Unlike many of the other countries, I strongly believe that this virus spread so quickly because many folks in the United States are conditioned and were advised to go to the hospital if they had symptoms and/or if they wanted to get tested. It makes absolutely no sense for someone to go to the hospital to get tested when you could be sitting next to someone who actually has the virus.
Again, I feel like a lot of common sense went completely out the window. I think that Italy had the correct idea. My students from Italy told me that people were advised not to go to the hospital and that the doctors will come to them. This makes more sense than sitting in a crowded clinic or hospital. These places are loaded with diseases; even if you do not have something, you are sure to come back with some kind of disease once you leave a clinic or hospital.
Illinois was one of the first states to impose a Stay at Home Order. We aren’t supposed to maintain contact with people outside your family unit and only go outside for exercise if you maintain a social distance of 6ft. The rationale in doing this was to “flatten the curve” and not overwhelm hospitals. Ok, understandable.
However, twice we were told that the model was wrong about when the peak would occur. I live in one of the most corrupt states in the United States–Illinois. I find it hard to believe anything our “leaders” tell us. We were told that we were doing a good job in fighting against the virus. And, then, Illinois gave other states our ventilators because we weren’t using them.
If all this is true why turn around and extend the Stay at Home order? Why would you give away our ventilators if we haven’t reached the peak yet? These so-called “leaders” have no idea as to how to fight this thing. This is sad but true. We need to stop looking to them for answers. They don’t even have a cure for the common cold.
I’m finding it increasingly disturbing that there is an increase in talk about mandating vaccinations and temperature checks. Of course now all of a sudden there is “interest” in trying to help out the African American and Latino communities by increasing the number of testing sites in certain neighborhoods and most likely will offer vaccinations for free. By the way, here’s a fun fact. Illinois has the strictest Coronavirus restrictions in the nation. Governor Prittzker has ties to at least two different companies that are making COVID-19 tests. That’s a huge conflict of interest! No wonder why he’s so adamant about wanting to create and encourage testing. It’s not for our good and it’s interesting now that many of them are now scheduled to be created in African American communities.
What our so called “leaders” will never admit to is that they are attempting to use minorities as guinea pigs under the guise of help. We don’t even know if the test results are reliable, so you can only imagine what would happen with a vaccine…Get out of here! Are you kidding me?!
Think! We don’t have a cure for the common cold or cancer. Cancer has been here for years. Furthermore, folks in Flint Michigan still don’t have clean water. Therefore, I do not believe you when you tell me that you’re going to create a vaccine to cure the Coronavirus. Nope.
Whatever vaccine our leaders come up with will not be a guaranteed solution to our problem. Think! Even the vaccine for the flu isn’t foolproof, so there’s no point in getting whatever vaccine they create. Even the doctor that everyone is so in love with, Dr. Fauci, literally said, “ There’s no guarantee that the vaccine is actually going to be effective. He also literally said that another concern among epidemiologists is that the vaccine backfires and strengthens the virus.” So again there is absolutely no point to getting a vaccine. This virus is going to be with us just like cancer, colds and the flu.
I actually know people who are in the medical field and they even said that they would not get vaccinated. That should tell you something and this is also something that they should be telling you. The main reason they cite for declining the vaccination is because this virus strain mutates too fast. Even if you did create a vaccine it wouldn’t really accomplish anything. Anything that’s being created now could have dangerous side effects and would do more harm than good. Furthermore, there’s no way that this vaccine can be properly tested.
Sadly, our governor does not understand this fact. It is as if he is on a crusade to completely eradicate the virus. Would I love for this to happen? Of course, but again, we do not have a cure of all the other ailments that have been around since the beginning of time, so the governor needs to just calm down and roll with what he does know.
After talking to others from different countries, I suspect many of the deaths that are being labeled COVID-19 are not as high as we’re being led to believe. A German scientist took it upon himself to conduct his own study and discovered that 200 cases that were labeled COVID-19 deaths weren’t truly COVID-19 related. Despite these people’s ages, many of these individuals had many underlying medical conditions with small traces of COVID-19 strain. Many “leaders” are padding the COVID-19 numbers so they can scare people into being guinea pigs.
I hate to say this and it’s going to sound cruel, but we can’t allow fear or a virus to stop us from living our lives. These bodies aren’t meant to live forever. You need to take care of it as best as you can and call it a day.
Pharmaceutical companies can recruit all the African American celebrities in the world to help them in their quest to get African Americans to get tested or vaccinated and I will NEVER be one of them. Most of these African American celebrities don’t know any better. And sadly, like many of our corrupt politicians, these African American celebrities can’t keep their greed in check. I’m sure the folks in the Latino and African American community would much rather have money to pay their bills or put food on the table instead of giving them a pointless COVID-19 test or a vaccination that will most likely cause them more harm than good.
What is absolutely amazing to me is that the same folks that are so concerned about the communities of color are the same people who never say anything when African Americans are being killed for the color of their skin. Yet, I’m supposed to all of a sudden forget all that history and willingly go along with being a guinea pig. Absolutely not! Not on my watch! Besides, pharmaceutical companies make money treating symptoms not actually finding a cure.
It’s no coincidence that the medical field and pharmaceutical companies want to increase the number of testing facilities. These people often have stock in the testing sites under the guise of a shell company they created to protect their identity. All you have to do is follow the money people.
I was listening to the Doug Kaufaman show called Know the Cause and he mentioned that there was a poll taken asking doctors if they would test the Coronavirus vaccine on themselves. Guess what? Only 60% stated that they would do so (who know if they all are truthful).
In any case, I’m concerned with the 40%.This is an incredibly high percentage of doctors who said no, they would not take a coronavirus vaccine. Yet these exact same doctors are going to be the same people telling the public that we should get vaccinated. All because they are owned by pharmaceutical companies.
Please be sure to check out the video of two racist French scientists discussing their desire to test the Coronavirus in Africa despite having WAY more cases in France than they do in Africa. Again, it’s because many doctors in the Western world still have this notion that it’s okay to use brown people in particular Africans and African Americans as guinea pigs (Here’s one of many other Africans along with WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus that were furious about this video). In case you’re wondering the scientists apologized like many undercover racists often do when they get caught.
In any case, airlines are talking about temperature checks, on the spot blood tests and having people walk down some sort of disinfectant tunnel. All of the above is going to be nonsense that I’m going to avoid. First of all, you can have a high temperature and it’s not COVID-19 related and if you’re asymptomatic you won’t have a fever, so again this is pointless. Plus, I’m not about to give this type of power to a TSA worker. You’re not touching me with a thermometer that’s been used on other people. I mean they already have a fit if you ask them to change gloves if they want to search your hair. Plus, nor will I be depending on you to be honest in stating the correct temperature. I would hate for TSA to have the power to quarantine people over a hot flash or even worse they just don’t like you.
What’s even more troubling dealing with the future of air travel is that there was discussion about spraying people with chemicals in some weird sort of disinfectant tunnel. I’m sure we will never know the true effects until people start getting sick or worse dying years from now. I can guarantee those who are wealthy will not be partaking in this fun little ritual of nonsense.
Then once you get past all that nonsense and land in the other country, I’m supposed to trust some stranger in a foreign country to give me a blood test. No way! How do I know what that country’s regulations are? The chances of having a contaminated needle used in certain countries is incredibly high. Again, no thank you. I will just stay home. I don’t need any of this unnecessary drama in my life.
The things that people need to do to reduce their chances of getting sick are building up our immune system. We do this the old fashioned way…change your diet, take vitamins, exercise and get some rest. I’m not a doctor, but I get all of my information via research and watching one of my favorite shows called “Know the Cause”.
Meanwhile, if you are under the impression that a vaccine is going to save the day then you are sadly mistaken. We’re going to have to get accustomed to living life again with yet another virus. One of the best things that we can do to fight against this virus is increase our hygiene. I hate to say it, but it’s incredibly disturbing that we had to even have reminders about washing our hands, giving people personal space and telling people to stay home if they are sick.
I’m constantly asked about how I stay in shape and don’t age. I can honestly say I live a very clean life. I eat healthy, I don’t smoke, I don’t drink alcohol and exercise almost everyday and keep toxic people out of my life. My life is laid back and low key so my immune system doesn’t have to work as hard to keep out.
Some of the vitamins that I’ve been taking are betaglucan, vitamin D3 and vitaminK all of those are geared towards helping your immune system and give you energy. I know vitamin D has been in the news recently which is great, but they have failed to mention that you need to take K in order to receive all of the benefits that come from D3.
I truly hope that people use this situation as an opportunity to take control of their own health. Don’t just blindly follow someone because they have a title of “doctor”. If there’s anything the college admission scandal taught us is — if you have enough money you can buy any kind of title you choose, from any school you choose as well as buy individuals to serve your own interest.
With this being said, we need to keep in mind that no one is as vested in your health as you are, so put in the effort to do your own research. Many times other people will not agree with your finding or your investments. That’s ok because some people never realize things until it’s too late. Don’t allow yourself to be held back by those who are slow in understanding facts from fiction. And most importantly do not allow yourself to be one of those people who succumb to fear and unauthorized authority over your body.
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