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What may explain the relatively low burden of COVID-19 in Africa?

October 7, 2020 · No Comments · COVID19, Uncategorized


         Individual death rates in many African countries have  turned out to be much lower than initially feared.  As predicted by the South African experts ,” the number of infections dips sharply in South Africa.” “Experts are now exploring  and starting to shift their focus ; experts here are starting to explore in different cities and different states; they they are focusing on a hypothesis, “ According to Andrew Harding; a correspondent for BBC in Africa




  •      Some experts are now posing the question, “what if the opposite is also true? “ I offer; “what if those crowded spaces are pretend”  Many times we leave our location and simply come back”  What if those same crowded conditions offer a possible solution to the mystery that has been unresolved for months? What if those conditions can provide protection to people in South Africa, and in similar settings globally, for some extra protection against Covid-19.



                   According to data from CDC National Center of  Health Statistics;  COVID 19 is caused by a numerous amount of factors in our body. If you are diabetic or have type 2 diabetes and other metabolic conditions you are at higher risk of complications from COVID-19. The evidence is clear! Underlying risk factors are contributors to COVID-19!      Other things to keep in mind:


  • Stress management: Acute stressors may temporarily Enhance immune functions, chronic stressors will likely diminish them (immune function)! “Worrying about the stock market, stressing about having enough toilet paper, focusing on the uncertainties of the future can raise cortisol levels, which can all negatively impact our immune function. ” One study showed medical students with increasing stress levels before their final exams had decreased function of natural killer cells, the cells that are the “first responders” of our immune


  • A positive mindset is vital for health and well-being. Research shows that positive thoughts reduce stress and inflammation and increase resilience to infection — while negative emotions can make you more susceptible to the common cold and flu.


           Now my thoughts on all of this are as such.  “I see things more spiritual.” I believe that if we are hungry; we are more in our nature. We have a heightened sense of awareness, and perception; meaning; we develop! I offer; that if you are hungry you will take the lead on things you’re usually not sure about when faced with an empty stomach; suddenly you become an expert at controlling your mind!

          Now a joke: Have you ever met a hungry man in a dessert? I say: he pays attention to everything just to make sure he finds his way home to the pond! I’m surprised; which is why I offer that fasting has been proven to strengthen your mind. It can also enhance your vitality, overall strength , and energy: You get a new pair of shoes when you drop your luggage.  Many people fast for these reasons alone!

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         Evidence of a natural intervention triggering stem cell-based regeneration of an organ or system, a study in the June 5 issue of the Cell Stem Cell shows that “cycles of prolonged fasting “not only protects against immune system damage — a major side effect of chemotherapy — but also induce immune system regeneration, shifting stem cells from a dormant state to a state of self-renewal.

      Furthermore; I am from Ethiopia. In Ethiopia;  we know of a war that happened between two parties in which the “Tigray”  regime won! This battle lasted for  17 years! The soldiers were blessed because they survived in the forest on fasting alone! 1 tablespoon of sugar; per soldier; per day! How would I know this? Simple! My uncle was one of them; he was in the forest hiding; living amongst the other soldiers in (A.) Very crowded space and (B.) Disease prone environments! Surprisingly enough; no one got sick; they all thought positively and overturned the opposing regime/ government! There are many secrets to fasting/ and thinking positive which the world does not know.


  •      Tying this back to our reading; countries like South Africa are Golden! They eye the beat!  They have  gained the wisdom of a “safe immune system!” Their bodies are much  lighter which allow for healthier antibodies ; and more viral protection. Just as the readings above have shown, Certain diseases will harm you if you are not in a positive mindset or if you are simply stressed or have not fasted; we have an option;


           Furthermore; I will add many homeless people have not been as sick as others during this pandemic. it’s always the busy ones; you know the ones who travel from here and there . When there damaged of course  they slow down; but their minds are always Racing. This is key to damaging a good immune system ! We have a choice; places East think very simply ; they have truths but they never suffer them! I have travelled to Ethiopia : Nepal : and many developing nations in my time;  so the “Mystery of why there is a relatively low burden of COVID-19 in Africa” is no mystery to me; because sometimes the simplest answers are the best.  There is great potential in the positive power of our minds and ways we can strengthen our immune systems.









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