While several of my subscribers are medical types, many are not. And with so much misinformation spreading about, I’d like to provide a clinician’s take on the current pandemic as it relates to those of us in the U.S. This is not meant to scare you, but to help explain why we must flatten the "curve."
Every day, friends, family, and business contacts ask me what I think about the pandemic. Should we be concerned? Is it really as bad as they say it is? Are you worried about it, Christine?
Yes, I’m extremely worried. But not for the reason you think.
Yes, we should all be very concerned. Which is why we must act now.
We’ve known this was coming. Virologists and epidemiologists have been regularly telling anyone who’d listen that we are overdue for an outbreak like this for some time. So most clinicians are not surprised right now. In fact, you may be shocked or even dismayed by their lack of panic.
But here’s the...
Note: In this post I discuss how our minds can distort our realities, and link that idea to some of the irrational purchasing behavior we’re currently seeing in North America. In no way am I making light of this pandemic and its impact on people and economies. COVID-19 appears to be a significant infectious concern, especially for high-risk groups, including older folks and those with chronic underlying disease. And it will significantly strain on our medical infrastructure. Find accurate COVID-19 information here.
I have a confession to make: I don’t always have my sh*t together.
As a recovering high-achieving perfectionist, this is hard to admit.
But guess what? None of us has it together all of the time.
Friends, these are trying times.
Sometimes our coping skills can’t keep up with all that life throws at us.
There’s a lot of crap going on in the world right now. It would be difficult to be aware and not be freaked the hell...