Community Creates Immunity

Toppick Media Editor Apr 29, 2020 267 Views   0 Comments
Crises bring out the best of everything in us human beings; even our worst. Therefore it becomes all the more important to focus on our inside once or twice a day to consciously look at our reserves of strength. Let us resolve to watch ourselves and how we respond to people suffering. An unwell person could be needing more support, emotionally than physically. Ultimately, our chances of conquering the virus depends more on gaining knowledge about it as well as winning over our fears of it. Is it brave to be dismissive, reckless, or socially gregarious at a time like this? The medical experts at cdc.gov and who.int are two reliable sources of information.

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Every country or community has a plan of action to handle this little wiggly dot, also called COVID 19. There is talk of such zoonotic viruses emerging every 5-10 years, from consumption of wild animals. 

World Health Organization suggested that this virus will need all of the following pillars of response for comprehensive management of the pandemic: 
Dr. Ryan Senior Advisor, Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), National Emergency Operations Centre, Islamabad, Pakistan says “... the only way to beat this is to leave no one behind.... every link in this chain must be treated (to break down the links). We are in this together.” Dr Michael Ryan has been at the forefront of managing acute risks to global health for nearly 20 years. He has a track record of leadership and innovation in tackling epidemics and other public health emergencies.

How can YOU bring the strength of community, and build immunity Savour the small moments: Even during lockdown you still have many small moments to savour. The smell of coffee, the feel of the warm shower on your back and so on. When you stop to take in these moments, rather than let them rush by on automatic pilot, you are giving your brain a chance to process the pleasure, which boosts your serotonin – the feel good neurotransmitter that helps elevate your mood and make you feel calm. 

1. Testing: 
Appropriately done. Free in the US.

2. Contact Tracing: 
Who was the sick contact within six feet?

3. Quarantine: 
Self imposed is best but also follow 
your local county provision.

4. Social Distancing: 
Closure of non essential businesses

5. Community Mobilisation

Strengthen your connections: For those of us in family lockdown, now is the opportunity to spend quality time with our loved ones. Take the time to hug your kids or partner, look them in the eyes, have long conversations with them – all of these gestures promote closeness and also boost your oxytocin, which is a hormone that bonds people and also has a calming effect on your body. When your oxytocin levels spike they tell your body to switch off cortisol, the stress hormone. 

Look for the good in others: These types of crises can bring out both the worst and the best in human nature. Seek out information that will uplift, entertain or educate you - The internet is a boundless resource - and if you have membership, you can access thousands of movies and series via services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. But you might want to avoid drama that's going to make you sad. 

“There is enough negative news and enough drama in the real world at the moment, so when we entertain ourselves, we should focus on more positive forms of entertainment," - for example by seeking out calming music online that can ground us, and exercising - even when indoors - can also help us to have a positive experience online

Look after your neighbors: You may be at low risk of severe consequences from the virus, but it may not be the same for your neighbors whose immune systems are compromised. The act of checking in on them (keeping six feet apart, of course) will not only make them feel good, it will make you feel good and remind you that there are others for whom this predicament is even more stressful.

Support your favorite local business: Maybe you’re heeding the social distancing advice and aren’t eager to sit in a crowded restaurant right now. And others feel the same way. Those empty seats aren’t helping that restaurant owner to pay her staff or keep the restaurant in business. Buy a gift card to help the business owner now, and prepay for a wonderful meal you can have to celebrate when this pandemic is behind us.

Send gifts in the mail: It may not be wise to drop in on your loved ones with some fresh-baked goodies, so send them a card or gift in the mail. Unexpected treats can be a huge pick-me-up-in times of stress. This is especially valuable to the elderly who are living in nursing homes. Many facilities have closed their doors to all visitors, making residents feel even more isolated and vulnerable.

Build an online community: Stay in touch with all your friends utilizing all the connectivity apps and online social media. Practice random acts of kindness. Leave an envelope with a little gift for the Amazon Fresh delivery person who drops of your supplies outside your door. Or have a coffee delivered to your doorman. Your kindness doesn’t require a monetary outlay. Write an unsolicited book review for a friend of yours who is an author. Comment on a colleague’s LinkedIn post. Send a snail-mail note of appreciation to a friend or colleague. Many in the entire country of Italy broke out in song and applause to honor their healthcare workers. Thank the custodians in your building or workplace for their efforts to keep things safe. Think of those who could benefit from your thoughtfulness and generosity. Then act.

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