The Coronavirus (Channeling & Resources)Channeled by DAVID GREGG
Q: Please share what you would like Michael students to know about the Coronavirus.
A: A discussion about the coronavirus (which can cause COVID-19 illness) is, from our perspective, not so much a look at the biochemistry of this microscopic organism or the lethal implications of how it may infect hundreds of thousands (or even millions) of people around the world, but more importantly, a close examination of how your species rises to the challenge of this pandemic, setting aside any self-interests in favor of working with a unified purpose that evolves the current state of humanity as a whole.
The raids you have seen on your stores, the panic-driven binge-buying that exceeded all notions of supply and demand and left your shelves bare of essential goods, was an instinctive-centered, gut-level reaction to the stress and anxiety created by the uncertainty of the virus — in many ways, the equivalent of a modern-day plague. This is not an unexpected reaction to an unknown peril, and perhaps even an understandable one given the fear generated.
As cooler heads prevail, though, the next logical progression to these events would ideally include more strategic planning from the intellectual center. In other words, think before taking action. What is the long-range strategy? Is there a moral imperative to consider?
When the instinctive center is the sole purveyor of reactions to a crisis, fear-based motives become the common denominator. Instead of a society that works together on a single goal, the overall perspective quickly devolves into a divisive paradigm of “every man for himself.” Much of your current society is built around this paradigm, a Darwinist view where the capitalistic mantra of “the survival of the fittest” separates the weak from the strong along both social and economic lines. This rugged individualism that has served as a bedrock principle in your country since its inception could, in some ways, bring the end to your society as you know it.
The virus, of course, is just a virus. It has no great lesson to teach or moral instruction to give. It is simply an assembly of genetic material comprised of proteins and lipids, with the sole purpose of replicating itself in the cells of animals and plants. Technically, viruses are part of the biological and chemical continuum, but they are not alive in the sense that they have an intention or a self-sustaining mechanism. They must use a host cell to replicate and do not require the consumption of energy to survive. The average virus is more akin to ancient genetic machinery rather than a living organism that is self-animated. In general, most viruses are of primordial origin, where they once developed in plasmic conditions before the existence of the common cell.
A greater lesson, however, may be derived from this unique opportunity to look deeper at the structure of your society and discover that the foundation your country has long stood upon is now woefully inadequate and no longer meets the needs and demands of the people in your country, or the entire world.
A more evolved nation, if that is the desire, includes the needs and aspirations of the collective body, not just those that practice antiquated notions of the before-mentioned rugged individualism.
In this new paradigm, there is a rise of the working class. Individual pursuits still matter but the society becomes a more unified organism, so to speak, similar in respect to the unity or collective purpose seen in the cadres and entities discussed in the Michael teaching. This doesn’t mean idealistic differences will no longer exist, or negative socialistic enterprises from the past will return to run rampant, but that the auspices of the greater good take precedent and occupy center stage.
Your nation’s current symptoms of inconsiderate shopping, stockpiling goods, and not thinking about the needs of others is the real virus that is spreading throughout your country. And it could quickly become a stranglehold if the lesson to work together and support each other is not properly learned and taken seriously.
Your current paradigm is a house of cards that could eventually collapse. The lesson this virus presents to you is to rebuild the foundation from one that is flimsy and unstable to one where every citizen in the societal bedrock of your country is a necessary and vital component in the structure. In short, in this evolutionary model, people matter.
Q: What is the greatest danger that this virus presents to the world?
A: Complacency. More specifically, the complacency by individuals who feel that following strict health guidelines is not necessary for them. "Let other people take precautions. Not me." This harkens to the rugged individualism mentioned earlier that is undermining the growth and overall potential of your country.
Your own president [Donald Trump] modeled this complacency to an entire nation, not taking appropriate action when strong leadership was needed, and only altering this tone after the virulent nature of the virus became apparent. Complacency is the choice to be willingly (or sometimes irresponsibly) unaware.
This virus, however, still presents the opportunity to define those nations that unite in a common goal, where the crippling effects of the illness are eradicated through the affirmative channels of partnership, coordination, and a vision to preserve the dignity of all.
Q: Is the Coronavirus Airbourne?
A: No. Not in the classic sense. Infected individuals, however, through normal exhalation, create their own viral weather system that briefly circulates within a six to eight foot radius around them like cloud vapor, dependent on the amount of turbulence in the air. The act of sneezing or coughing obviously projects these viral particles even further. Thus, the science of social distancing touted by medical professionals is real.
Currently, the most likely spread of the virus comes through close contact with people who are infected, usually family members or friends. In cultures where families are close-knit, and exposure to expectorations is higher, the virus is more active. In short, wear a mask.
Poor hand hygiene is also a danger in the spread of the virus. The virus can remain active on various surfaces for hours, and cleaning these areas is certainly helpful, but wearing a mask could have the most dramatic effect on reducing further transmissions.
Q: What can we do about the Coronavirus?
A: The precautionary guidelines provided by your health authorities are recommended. Devoting time each day to eating nutritionally, with the goal to boost your immune system, would also be beneficial. And limiting exposure to the onslaught of the media, with its sensationalist headlines and bleak forecasts, would offer favorable perks toward achieving better mental health.
A brief discussion about fear, and it's numerous outcroppings, is another important issue to address.
Fear, in all of its guises, is the greatest obstacle you face in any national or personal crisis. Of course, fear often serves the self well during events that call for an immediate response to a personal threat, but if allowed to fester like an unhealed wound, fear can become as infectious as the worst viruses and microbial invasions currently encountered in your world.
When fear invades the body, most, if not all access to essence is shut off and false personality (or the ego) becomes the liar-in-chief. And fear is the greater fabricator in society. It spins misinterpretations or outright falsifications of the truth that generate unwarranted animosity and distrust between individuals, as well as rendering all attempts at seeing clarity in a situation, impossible. Fear is a disabler of reason.
During a crisis like your current national response to the coronavirus, it is advisable to recognize all occurrences of fear as onerous obstacles to the greater good of humanity.
It would be wise at this point to observe which negative poles are activated by the events encountered over the next couple of months. These are your vulnerabilities laid bared and much growth could be achieved by taking mental snapshots of these as they arise, noting their presence, and becoming neutral to their negative influence. As mentioned before, fear can sometimes be appropriate in certain situations, but when it causes you to become less than you are and less than your authentic self was intended to be, a course correction is needed to check your reactions and behavior and treat others with the kindness and tolerance they deserve.
Q: Will the coronavirus become endemic (or seasonal)?
A: Current probabilities lean in favor of the virus becoming endemic. This could change if attempts at global suppression are successful and testing is widespread.
In general, areas in the world where the population density is greater will see higher death rates. Cultural differences, where large families live together and commune more frequently, are also susceptible to a greater spread of this virus.
At present, your world is at a tipping point. Probabilities suggest the global death rate could become much greater than expected, with fallout that borders on an economic depression or shift in the opposite direction, with a lower amount of casualties and a global economy that bounces back quickly -- due in part, to concerted efforts to suppress the virus. A more grim reality, however, could transpire if the failing economies in the world are saved at the expense of the masses, where a statistical level of collateral damage is allowed per year in total loss of life. This would certainly constitute a new form of daily existence where the chips are allowed to fall where they may, but it might also implore the general public to become more discriminating about the public servants they choose to trust and vote into office.
In terms of probable costs in either direction, this is a dangerous pathogen that should be taken seriously.
All things considered, given the slow incubation period of this virus, stringent testing of the populace (to minimize the spread) and the immediate quarrantine of infected individuals is the most productive means of supressing further outbreaks without the devastating costs of shutting down whole economies. The development of effective anti-virals and the eventual release of a safe, functional vaccine will reduce the loss of life further (if probabilities prove favorable).
Q: Could anything positive arise from the coronavirus?
A: An aspect of the coronavirus that has mostly gone unnoticed is the opportunity for greater empathy with the suffering of those afflicted -- due in part to the mass media coverage -- and to sense a greater connection with those souls and the life struggles that besiege all living beings during an incarnation.
Important Information about the Coronavirus from Trusted Sources
Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 may appear two to 14 days after exposure and can include:
- - Fever
- - Cough
- - Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Other symptoms can include:
- - Tiredness
- - Aches
- - Runny nose
- - Sore throat
- You should call your medical provider for advice if you experience these symptoms, especially if you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or live in an area with ongoing spread of the disease.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF
- ✓ Wear a mask. ✓ Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. ✓ Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. ✓ Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. ✓ Avoid close contact with people who are sick. ✓ Stay home when you are sick. ✓ Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. ✓ Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
In hopes of encouraging Michael students to seek medical advice from trusted health authorities, the following links were compiled to provide a helpful resource.
● Coronavirus Resource Center (Harvard Health)
● How to Protect Yourself (CDC)
● People Who are Sick (CDC)
● The Do's and Don'ts of Handwashing (IMPORTANT)
● Common Myths About the Coronavirus (Myth Busters)
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