COVID MYTHS You Must Never Believe

COVID MYTHS You Must Never Believe

1. COVID MEANS DEATH

a.The moment you wake up in the morning until you sleep at night, you’re constantly hearing terrible news on TV channels and magazines about deaths happening because of coronavirus.
 
b.While it is true that people are dying because of Corona Virus, it doesn’t mean that every single person who gets COVID is going to die.

i. In fact, a vast majority of people, 80-85% people only get mild disease and recover without any treatment.

ii. Another 10 to 15% get moderate disease and never have to be admitted to the hospital and they also recover with simple treatment with steroids.

iii. Less than 5% people need to get admitted in the hospital and most of these people recover also.

iv. Yes, probably there is 1- 2% people who get critically ill and may die. But if you look at it, a vast majority of people almost 98% recover from COVID. So, do not get paralyzed with fear when you are tested positive for COVID.

v. Take common sense precautions and take advice from a good doctor.

2. REMDESIVIR SAVES YOUR LIFE

a. Even though initially everyone got excited about Remdesivir the truth is, it doesn’t make much impact in saving lives, as per latest research. If at all, it may be a little helpful in the first few days when you get COVID infection by reducing the viral replication but otherwise it is not a LIVE SAVING drug.

b. So, don’t sell your home or spend a fortune to buy Remdesivir in black market. Keep that money and use it for something else that’s useful.

c. The only medication that is shown to improve mortality is steroids.

 

3. PLASMA DONATION HELPS IN TREATING A COVID PATIENT

a. Convalescent plasma got so much hype initially but it is proven not to be that helpful. Again, this is not a lifesaving treatment.

b. The idea behind convalescent plasma transfusion is that a person who recovered from COVID infection may contain antibodies in his plasma that could fight coronavirus. Theoretically it makes sense and that is the reason people started using this treatment but the results are disappointing.

c. So, do not waste your time, energy, and money to buy plasma. Next time if you really want to donate blood or plasma that is fine but that is not necessarily going to save any lives from COVID. Research doesn’t back use of convalescent treatment.

4. DOXYCYCLINE AND IVERMECTIN CURES COVID

a. Doxycycline, Ivermectin, Azithromycin, and Hydroxychloroquine – None of these medications are research proven and are not to be used for COVID treatment.

b. Especially don’t use all these medications at once because that increases the risk of having side effects.

c. Each of these medications when used alone have low risk for getting side-effects though.

d. If you were prescribed one of these medications by your doctor and if you want to finish the course, that is okay. It shouldn’t cause you much harm.

5. COVID VACCINATION IS HARMFUL

a. If you have any doubt about COVID vaccine, it is time that you leave all your doubts behind and take the vaccine. There is enough research done about COVID vaccines and we know for sure that the side effect profile is low and it is rare to have any kind of adverse reaction.

b. The vaccine protects you from COVID. After 14 days from the first dose of the vaccine (Covaxin and Covishield) you typically get around 70% of protection. And after 14 days from the second dose of the vaccine you get 80 to 90% of protection.

6. STEAM INHALATION MAKES CORONAVIRUS GO INTO OUR LUNGS

It seems, there is lot of discussion out there that steam inhalation could make the virus go into your lung and cause more infection and damage. That’s a myth. There is no evidence that steam inhalation is dangerous or causes COVID. If you feel like using steam inhalation, feel free to do so.
 
7. BUTTERMILK CAN CURE COVID

While buttermilk and yogurt are good for your health and may boost your immunity, there is no evidence that they can cure COVID. The same is true for many of the supplements that are being recommended like vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc etc. None of these supplements can cure COVID. They could only help boost your immunity to some extent. But, the most important thing is to keep your stress levels low and sleep well at night; and there is no greater booster of immunity than that.
Care for elderly now even more!

Care for elderly now even more!

I know it has been difficult for everyone but for the elderly it’s even more difficult because of the higher risk of getting severely ill. Even more troubling issue is the loneliness feeling because of self-isolation and the normal social activities are totally cut down. If there is no access to internet or phone, that could pose extra risk for getting socially isolated and getting depressed. On top of it, the financial impact could also be very significant especially if their savings are invested in the stock market.

During these challenging times, I sincerely feel that we being their friends and family should come forward to aid them mentally and financially. The key is to use our resources judiciously. Take from others only to have your basic needs met. If your basic needs are met, then be patient until the pandemic passes.

On this International Day of Elderly, I hereby request all my beloved elderly to believe that;

  1. Please do not imagine the worst possible future. Future is just a figment of your imagination. It’s not here yet. Many times, the worst possible future we imagine never comes to pass. Then why add extra stress to our lives?
  2. Stay present. Take one day at a time. Take one moment at a time. Remember, we don’t take any money when we leave this world. Don’t give yourself a heart attack worrying about money. Focus on your health and mental well-being.
  3. The stock market will recover, and you will recuperate your losses. The economy will bounce back and you will find money again in your pockets.
  4. Of course, money is necessary to meet our needs, including medications if we are ill. Just stay put. You will make money again.

A note to remember: Rich are those who never lose hope and who remain resourceful even during trying circumstances. A man with a scarcity mentality remains poor even when he is surrounded with riches

PREVENT RELATIONSHIP BREAKDOWNS!

PREVENT RELATIONSHIP BREAKDOWNS!

Because of the corona crisis and home isolation, people are stuck at home. Staying home together for a long time is new for many couples. Usually, we wake up, go to work, come home in the evening, spend a little time together, and then we go to sleep. That has changed with home isolation. There is a drastic increase in personal contact between couples. This is good in some ways, but it can lead to increased conflict also. Maybe for the first time you are seeing certain traits in your spouse that you were totally unaware of and you are shocked. But wait! Do not judge yet. Do not let those imperfections break your relationships. No one is perfect. Like you are seeing imperfections in others, probably they are seeing them in you too. Take time. Step back. Do not make any rash decisions now. Let this pandemic pass. Then you could reflect upon your relationship dynamics more peacefully and make wise decisions.

Guidance for Couples During the Corona Pandemic

  1. Corona has provided us with an opportunity like never before to get to know our loved ones better. Normally we are so busy with work and business obligations and have little time for each other.
  2. What normally takes years to get to know each other now probably can be known in days to weeks during home isolation.
  3. If you are not married and are in a live-in relationship, this is the perfect time to get to know the positives and negatives about your partner.
  4. If you are already married, this is the time to deepen your understanding between each other.
  5. But remember, if you are expecting the other person to be perfect all the time, it’s not going to happen. Do not idealize your relationships.
  6. A perfect partner is a misnomer. Initially you may feel that person is perfect, but with time you will notice things that are less than perfect.
  7. Instead of looking for perfection in your partner, look for signs of love and affection. As long as that is there, you could still work on improving yourselves.

Why Breakups Are Not Always Bad

  1. What we thought to be a perfect relationship at one point of time may become the most toxic relationship as months and years pass by. This is not uncommon. It may be one person’s fault, or it may be because of both people involved in the relationship. It could be because of the influence of in-laws, friends, etc.
  2. See if you could resolve the difficult situations you are facing. First, see if you have given the best you can and if there is anything you can do to change yourself. Next, see if there is willingness from the other person to change and improve themselves in a way that is beneficial to the relationship.
  3. Remember, you can’t clap with one hand. Both people must be ready to contribute and improve the relationship. If you see the other person is not ready to be a team player, despite your repeated requests, that’s a red flag.
  4. If the relationship is failing despite repeated attempts to make it work, maybe it’s time to move on. The time frame for making a relationship work has to be determined by your own personal situation. But one thing is true. Be patient. Do not jump to quick conclusions. Do not make hasty decisions. I have seen relationships heal with time. Time is the greatest healer—if you can really give yourselves that time.
  5. Sometimes, breaking up is better if you are constantly living in a toxic environment that’s harmful for you and the others involved. If it comes to that, move on peacefully. Two people may still remain friends even though they can’t be spouses. And that is all right. The purpose of a relationship is to be happy and to learn from each other. If neither of them is possible, maybe it is better to move on.

Five Rules to Maintain Stable Relationships During the Pandemic

  1. Avoid negative conversations. This pandemic has brought a lot of stress into our lives. Regardless of the reason, when we are stressed, we tend to gravitate toward negativity. We easily get into arguments. If you find yourself in such situations, silently excuse yourself from there. Let them know you will come back a little later.
  2. Be kind to others. Give them the benefit of doubt even when you think they are wrong. In close relationships, it is okay to take a step back and let the other person have their way, as long as it is not harming you. We often think that by being tough and assertive we can change others. It actually works the other way around. Your kindness will transform them faster than your meanness.
  3. Show love in action. We may express our love toward others in words, but words lose their power if they are not supported by our actions. Sometimes, when we are struggling in our relationships, our words may not convince others of our love toward them, but our actions will. Look for opportunities to express your love through your deeds.
  4. Let go of resentment. For any reason if you have a strained relationship at home, at least for the time being, let go of all anger and resentment. Remember, resentment is like a hot charcoal. The longer you hold it, the greater your pain will be. For the next few months, treat each other normally. Maybe things will turn around by the time this pandemic is over.
  5. Forgive others as you would forgive yourself. We find it quite easy to forgive ourselves even when we make big mistakes. Yet, we don’t forgive others so easily. We see others’ faults through a magnifying glass, and we minimize our own. When you turn that around and start being more forgiving toward people, you will develop a saintly personality.
PRIORITIZE PEACE OF MIND! SIMPLE & EASY

PRIORITIZE PEACE OF MIND! SIMPLE & EASY

It Doesn’t Take Much Time to Regain Your Peace of Mind!

Finally, one day, I stopped myself and asked, “What’s going on? Why don’t I feel happy? Why don’t I feel good that I am busy with the work I wanted to do? Is that not what I wanted? Why am I feeling so restless?” As I reflected upon this, I realized that I was ignoring my peace of mind and was doing everything else at its expense. I had de-prioritized my peace of mind. I realized my mistake. Immediately, I changed my priorities. I started doing yoga and meditation again, and immediately my energy came back. I felt vibrant, healthy, and, most importantly, peaceful. Things started flowing well in life again. My appetite was back, and I started eating well. I got back to the rhythm of being myself as soon as I prioritized peace of mind.

Do you know how long it took for me to get back into the groove? Just one day. Yes, all it took was one day! The moment I prioritized peace of mind and took actions to promote it, I started feeling better. That’s a huge point! All you need to do to feel well and de-stress is to prioritize your peace of mind and take the necessary actions to make it happen. By choosing to read this, you have already taken a step toward achieving peace of mind. Here are the 7 things you can do to keep your mind peaceful:

1. For the next week, no matter what happens, be determined to remain peaceful.
2. When a negative news attracts your attention, stop for a moment and ask yourself if it is worth losing your peace of mind for this.
3. If a family member, friend, or colleague makes a comment you don’t like, ask yourself whether that’s worth arguing and getting into a fight.
4. When protesters rally against our president, ask yourself if that’s going to help do good for anyone or if it is a selfish act.
5. Allot yourself not more than 15 minutes a day for you to be up-to-date on the news. That’s ample time to learn the major news events of the day without getting dragged into instigating details.
6. If possible, for the next three weekends, go away somewhere you won’t be bothered by anyone and where you can relax and regain your peace of mind.
7. Make sure you prioritize your peace of mind. Keep your quiet time appointment as if you would keep the appointment with the most important person of your dreams.