Letter to the Editor
Mental health might be the real issue
Regardless of how many people on the planet are actively aware of it, the truth is that tens of millions of people drop like flies from illness, depression and self-destruction every single day. And that’s a trend that has been ongoing for, well, a very long time.
According to the WHO assessment of deaths by cause for the years 2000-2016, close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. And those who have been paying attention will know that, in the past few years, the generalized state of the public’s mental health has not improved………………..
As you can imagine, family medicine doctors deal with so many REAL tragedies on a daily basis that we can’t really get worked up by the flu, which has been pretty bad in the last few years, collapsing hospitals with patients piled up in the hallway, and with no protective mask for us poor doctors! Many vulnerable people die during the flu season, yet it is never propagandized, except when it’s time for the flu vaccine. For the most part, we move on and people eventually forget all about it. It’s like that each season. But despite the fact that this corona virus shows all the signs of being no more contagious – and possibly even less lethal than the seasonal flu – we are being encouraged, nay REQUIRED, to freak out about it.
At the clinic where I practice, the ‘red carpet’ in terms of lab and hospital support is being rolled out for patients with this “new virus”. But what about my other patients who have a neurological condition and have to wait for 9 months to see a neurologist because the specialty is completely booked up? Maybe neurological issues should be recategorized as “new virus”, and maybe then patients will get the priority evaluation they need and deserve.
Over this past winter, while on duty at my clinic, I’ve seen upwards of 40 people each morning with either a cold or the flu. That has been a pretty standard scenario for most of this season. My afternoons have been mostly spent dealing with the usual tragedies that no one seems to pay much attention to.
We literally see people dying every day, in one way or another, and it’s not coronavirus that’s taking them out. Nevertheless, the death rate from the coronavirus is nowhere near as high as that of the average seasonal virus. In case you didn’t know, most people are not doing as well as they tell you when you greet them. Cases of heart failure, COPD, cancer and other ‘modern illnesses’ have already reached real pandemic levels, but again, no one is getting hysterical about those. So never mind the coronavirus, in fact, the odds are very good that you’ll survive it if you catch it. And don’t be surprised if you probably already had it. It just wasn’t an issue until you were told it was.
Above All, Don’t Succumb to The Pathological Hysteria
Don’t let stress take its toll on you. Stress leads to inflammation which leads to disease.