Pandemic worsens malnutrition & food insecurity worldwide | COVID-19 Special


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Pandemic worsens malnutrition & food insecurity worldwide | COVID-19 Special



We’re taking a look-ahead at life after the pandemic — from what it means for cities to economies and even nutrition. A recent study has linked higher obesity rates with higher COVID death rates.
The World Obesity Federation report says COVID death rates were ten times higher in countries where the population was on average overweight. Further almost 90 Percent of Covid deaths occured in countries with high obesity rates. The report calls for people living with obesity to have priority access to vaccines.
Meanwhile, the pandemic itself has increased hunger and malnutrition around parts of the world. For the first time, half of Brazilians don’t have access to safe and nutritious food. That’s according to Reddy Pensann, a local food research group. Lines are swelling by the day at soup kitchens and food distributions points. Experts say the sharp increase in food insecurity is due to job losses caused by the pandemic.

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  1. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), an epidemic that originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, has gone out of control. There are now confirmed cases in all provinces and provincial-level cities in China.

    But the real situation may be much worse than what has been publicly reported by Chinese news media. Ever since the virus' outbreak, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials have been covering it up and underreported the death toll. Guan Yi, a virus expert at Hong Kong University who has studied numerous epidemics including the 2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), said, “The situation this time is at least ten times worse than SARS.”

    Current Situation

    Nearly all cities in Hubei Province are on lockdown. Seven additional regions, including Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Hebei, Shandong, Hainan, and Xi’an, have canceled intra-provincial travel and tourism. Travel advisories have been placed on almost all provinces and cities in China.

    Many people choose to stay at home and avoid travel as much as possible. Medical experts recommend that people wear face masks, drink more water, and wash their hands frequently.

    Still, researchers predict that the number of infected patients may rise to about 250,000 in the next two weeks. Furthermore, it may continue to spread in big cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. With the scale of this contagion, personal hygiene may have limited effect on protecting against the virus.

    What should we do, then?

    Lessons from Ancient Wisdom

    Traditional Chinese culture from the past few millennia has emphasized causal relationships. More specifically, promoting virtue can help one stay away from disasters or plagues. Below is an example.

    A major earthquake occurred in Dali (today’s Yunnan Province) in March 1914, which was recorded with a magnitude of 6.7 according to Centennial Earthquake Catalog by the United States Geological Survey.

    According to a witness, nearly all houses in Dali city collapsed except for pagodas in the temples. Fires burst from cracks in the ground and spread all over. As people ran around for safety, some were burnt, and some died after falling into the cracks. Among thousands of families in the city, very few people survived the catastrophe.

    There were two gold shops in the city: one was Wan Chang, owned by the Zhao family; another was Zhan Ran by the Yang family. As fire reached these two places, it stopped itself. These two shops, each packed with dozens of people, emerged unscathed. Local residents said the two families' blessings were a result of their generosity and kindness to others, as well as their belief in Buddha. This story was recorded in Chronicles of Monk Xu Yun.

  2. I get so angry every time I hear this TERRIBLE LIE repeated. The pandemic has definitely not done this, and so many other things it has been blamed for. It is the insane lockdowns that have done incalculable damage all over the world.

    The worst thing is that for the rich and the powerful lockdowns represent a very tiny inconvenience, whereas for the poorest they are absolutely devastating. Let's be in no doubt about this whatsoever. Lockdowns have done, and continue to do, vastly more damage than this virus. They are imposed on everybody for the sole benefit of the rich and the powerful.

  3. Try this…

    Grow a dozen store a dozen

    Store:
    Honey
    Flour
    Beans
    Oats
    Lentils
    Chickpeas
    Cashews
    Dried corn
    Dried fruit
    Nutritional yeast
    Basking soda
    Castile soap

    Grow:
    Zucchini
    Potatoes
    Spaghetti squash
    Tomatoes
    Cauliflower
    Green beans
    Onion
    Garlic
    Carrots
    Bell pepper
    Luffa
    Cabbage

    From that you can make:
    Oatmeal
    Pancakes
    Toast
    Hashbrowns
    Breakfast burritos
    Yogurt
    Granola
    Taco soup
    Potato soup
    Tacos
    Zucchini lasagna a
    Sandwiches and chips
    Nachos
    Loaded potato
    Burgers and fries
    Spaghetti night
    Pizza
    Quesadillas
    Stir fry
    Veggie stew
    Grilles cheer and soup
    Stuffed peppers
    Toothpaste
    All soap products

    We also keep a small spice cabinet:
    Italian seasoning
    Taco seasoning
    Cinnamon
    Soy sauce
    Vanilla
    Salt
    Pepper
    Coconut Oil
    Lemon juice

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