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The following interview was conducted with a prominent lung biologist from Germany about the corona crisis.
Naturally, Asthmatics and Smokers are particularly at risk from the corona virus. But healthy people should also strengthen their lungs. Here are the recommendations:
QUESTION: What can each of us do to arm our body against the new coronavirus?
ANSWER: You should strengthen your immune system and above all pay attention to your respiratory tract. Cough, runny nose, sore throat and shortness of breath can be symptoms of infection, and they all affect the airways.
Pneumonia can also occur in some cases. Patients with severe conditions are not only mostly older people, but also smokers or people with other diseases. There is a correlation between cigarette consumption and the risk of a severe history of Covid-19 lung disease.
QUESTION: Of the 50- to 60-year-old residents around 25 percent of women and 31 percent of men smoke. So this group is particularly at risk? [Read more…]
Der Coronavirus zwingt uns in den Stillstand. Lassen Sie mich erklären warum es gut ist, wenn wir mal die Kontrolle abgeben müssen und warum das die Vorfreude auf die nächste Reise besonders steigern kann.
Ich bin jemand der durchaus Warten kann, zum Beispiel beim Reisen. Eine Freundin fragte mich ob ich also gerade jetzt, in der Coronakrise, eine gute Zeit habe? [Read more…]
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Don’t feel like getting things done right now? You are not alone!
If you’ve found yourself trying to decide whether you should bake bread, join a meditation webinar, create a color-coded home-school schedule, or just curl up in a ball and cry, you’re not alone.
As we stay at home in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, we are being inundated not only with a storm of anxiety-inducing news but with an onslaught of suggestions for ‘making the most’ of our (alleged) extra time. There’s a huge push of people thinking that because we are home right now, we can be productive and that we’re all going to be able to stay as focused as we were a month or so ago, but that’s just not the case for everyone. [Read more…]
The following Post is from a German friend, I had it translated because a lot of what he describes applies to our situation here in most Western countries like Europe and the US as well.
What We Can Learn From Taiwan
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It lies next to China, but reports only a few people infected with Corona: Why is Taiwan coping with the crisis so much better than the European countries – and almost without coercive measures?
“We Europeans and our damn arrogance,” my sister wrote via WhatsApp the other day. “We could have done it differently.” At the time, she was sitting in her not very big house near Berlin, the two sons did not go to school or daycare, and her husband, like her, made a home office at the dining table. In my home town of Taipei, I watched the daily press conference of the Taiwan Minister of Health, who reported the biggest increase in Covid 19 infections to date in one day – exactly ten.
In total, the number of infected people in Taiwan was 77, in Germany the break of the ten thousand mark was expected for the next day. Both countries had reported their first case within a few days.
What effective crisis management looks like has since been better observed in Taiwan than in Germany: the national crisis center had already started work one day before the first confirmed case. Three days later, the export of face masks was banned. The extension of the New Year holidays, which kept all schools nationwide closed for another two weeks, came into effect when the total number of infected had increased to ten. In Taipei, only a few people got on the subway without a face mask. [Read more…]