Unless you’ve been in a coma or visiting another planet, I’m guessing you’ve heard of the coronavirus, known medically as COVID-19. Media and social media platforms have been swamped by stories of the panic and frenzy this variant of the flu is causing. The panic even spawned a run on toilet paper in the supermarkets of many countries for a few weeks!
But how worried should you be?
Not content with the hype about this, I did a little research about the coronavirus on the World Health Organization (WHO) website.
The coronavirus is one of a family of viruses that we’re familiar with. We call them colds or flu (influenza). COVID-19 spreads via coughing or sneezing by infected people, and is therefore, primarily a respiratory infection.
The panic caused by the coronavirus is primarily due to the possibility of fatalities. But again, how realistic is this for most people?
The section of the population who are most at risk, and suffer the most fatalities are the elderly, and anyone who has serious pre-existing medical problems. These include heart, lung, other respiratory and kidney conditions, cancer and diabetes. Children and younger people are unlikely to experience symptoms serious enough to require hospitalisation. In fact, all the medical advice that I’ve seen so far indicates that this latter group will possibly only experience mild flu symptoms at best, and while this may be decidedly unpleasant, the person is not likely to be in danger.
The real threat of a pandemic is that it’s so infectious. There is a multitude of advice to help the spread of this flu-type virus by washing hands and taking other precautions, so I won’t repeat them here.
Be especially alert when with an older or medically vulnerable person. Hygiene is critical.
But is there more you can do other than washing your hands or wearing a mask?
Yes! In fact, the best defence against any microbe is to ensure you have the healthiest immune system possible. There are many supplements that will help with this, but there are also ways of increasing your immunity for free using Energy Medicine.
Here's a simple way to boost your immune system: by tapping key points on the body. It's an Energy Medicine exercise called the 3 thumps.
For each thump:
Make a 3-finger notch with your thumb, forefinger and middle finger
Tap or thump firmly for 15-20 secs in each of the spots indicated below.
Locate the Kidney points: follow the collar bone along to the end points below the throat, and drop down a couple of centimetres. (It’s in the hollow there if you have one.)
Locate the Thymus point in the centre of the sternum in the middle of the chest.
Locate the Spleen point, drop down one rib below the breast directly below the nipples
OR tap at the side of the ribs just below the bra line.
The 3 thumps boost your immune system, help you to stay alert by ensuring energies are flowing correctly through the body, and assist you in processing change.
I recommend you practise the 3 thumps every day. If you suspect your immunity is low, do it more often — at least 2-3 times daily.
Being stressed or anxious is proven to lower immunity. So try not to worry too much about catching this virus. Worry will not serve you. Instead, take proactive measures, from washing your hands to the 3 thumps above, avoid places of likely infection or minimise your time there, and ensure you eat good nourishing food and get the sleep you need.
If you are feeling stressed, simply place one hand on the forehead and the other at the back of the head for about 3 minutes, close your eyes and slow your breathing. You will find yourself becoming calmer and more peaceful.
Another option is to take a long deep breath, and focus on the heart for a few minutes. Placing your hands on the heart will help you to keep your focus there. Both these options quieten the busy mind, where thoughts can go around and around in the head, spiralling out of control.They place you back in a quieter place where you can obtain perspective.
There are many more techniques for boosting your energy and your immunity using Energy Medicine.
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Of course, if you suspect you may have COVID-19, please seek appropriate medical advice.