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The Long Game - Issue #157

Coronavirus is starting to impact all of our lives in one way or another. Being in the US, I was not
Taylor Somerville
The Long Game - Issue #157
By Taylor Somerville • Issue #157 • View online
Coronavirus is starting to impact all of our lives in one way or another. Being in the US, I was not worried about this virus until about a week ago. I took the standard approach that it is just like the flu and not that big of a deal. After delving into the topic, I definitely began to change my tune. While the majority of people infected do not have major complications, the two week incubation period, the rapidity with which it spreads, and how long the virus can live outside of the body are alarming. From what I have read 1 person can infect up to 2.5-5 people where the regular flu is roughly 1.3. The virus can also live on surfaces for up to 5 days potentially. These are all reasons I believe it is prudent for governments and organizations to cancel large scale events right now.
One of the biggest problems is the over-run of our healthcare system like what is happening in Italy. Italy was slow to respond and is now in complete lockdown trying to slow the spread of the virus. Their hospitals are over 200% capacity and turning operating rooms into ICUs. Currently, the number of cases doubles roughly every 6 days which could easily see the number of cases in the US reach over 1,000,000 by the end of April, which could send 100,000+ people to the hospital. We only have 1,000,000 hospital beds in the US and we need them for more than coronavirus patients. If they all hit over the same 2-4 week period we wouldn’t be able to cope. If estimates are correct in the US and we could have potentially 10 million people hospitalized it pays to slow this down as much as possible. Not only is a lack of hospital beds a problem but also a lack of medical professionals to deal with this issue. That group is already stressed enough and extra work will only impair their immune system. The last thing we need is a lot of the nurses and doctors sick with the virus.
While this sounds alarmist, I do believe we will be ok. It appears our government and organizations are taking this seriously and doing everything they can. The impact on the economy is going to e a tough one and I fully expect government stimulus to help us along the way.
At the moment, it is a good idea to be hypervigilant about your hygiene. Wash your hands often. Breathe through your nose. That is our first line of defense against airborne pathogens. It is how we filter our air and the nitric oxide in our nasal sinuses has strong anti-viral properties. Make sure to stay hydrated and limit your physical contact with people you don’t know. Limit your travel if possible. If you have symptoms be sure to let others know and stay away from high-risk individuals. Take time to get outside, stay active, and spend time down-regulating through meditation or breath practice. In times like these, limiting your stress will go a long way to support your immune system.
This week’s links are mainly on coronavirus. I hope they provide you with information to help you make the best decisions for you and your family

You’re going to hear a lot more about “flattening the curve” in response to slowing the spread of coronavirus. The flatter the curve the slower the virus spreads allowing our healthcare system to stay in front of this. This is why it is important to limit physical contact with others and be vigilant about your hygiene.
I mention the importance of nasal breathing and the strong anti-viral properties of nitric oxide(NO) in the introduction. This study from 2005 shows how NO can inhibit SARS which is a form of coronavirus. I’m not saying this will for sure keep you from getting sick but is one of the best defenses our body produces so please take advantage of it. Shut your mouth and potentially save your life.
This article details easy ways to help boost your immune system right now. Number 3 on the list is “smile,” make sure you aren’t stressing too much over all of this. Stress can do a lot of damage to our immune system and one of the main reasons you need to have a calming practice right now and get some exercise. Instead of going to the gym, go for a walk, bike ride, or run. Spring is right around the corner and the sunshine will do wonders for your mood too.
Getting enough sleep is of vital importance to a healthy immune system. With everything going on we can be stuck to the news or our phones late at night. This makes it much harder to get to bed and to get deep sleep once you do fall asleep. A good rule of thumb is to cut off electronics an hour before you go to bed.
Before I go, check out a few more interesting articles I found.
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In Health,

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Taylor Somerville

The Long Game is a newsletter for people that want to grow and challenge themselves. It is about the drive to better ourselves mentally, physically, and spiritually while having the curiosity to enjoy the journey. I will include articles, podcast, videos, and blogs on a variety of topics ranging from psychology, fitness, meditation, and nutrition. I am a certified XPT Coach, I hold the Art of Breath certification, I am a CrossFit Level 1 trainer and hold the Aerobic Capacity certficate. Checkout my website to learn more about the services I offer.

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