Pandemic: Coronavirus Gone Wild

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New York State Of Emergency

New York state has declared a state of emergency due to coronavirus infections rising. While the government is doing its job to allocate resources and provide accurate information on the current crisis, it’s not really doing a great job at easing panic and preventing mental health issues from arising. The New York state of emergency is nothing more than a warning telling us, “it’s here and getting worse.”

The thing is that these kinds of messages do not help us. We all know from the mainstream media that the coronavirus has gone wild, whether naturally or after being genetically engineered; the truth, no one will find out. But one thing is for certain: the virus is out and potentially deadly.

But does all of this information affect us in any way? Do you really believe that by New York, California and other states declaring states of emergency, we will suddenly be more cautious to not acquire the virus? If the virus has spread all the way from China, then you best believe that whether you acquire it or not does not depend on the mainstream media or governmental warnings.

So what is the solution? As previously said, you need to continue living your life as if nothing has changed. Continue to wash your hands like you always have and stay away from people who cough. Wearing a mask will not decrease your chances of acquiring the virus. The virus can spread via touch as well.

One of the most important preventative tactics from becoming infected is maintaining a positive mindset. If you allow fear to penetrate you, then you are already making yourself vulnerable to becoming sick. Fear attracts negativity and bad results. During times of pandemics, you need to remain calm, vigilant and positive.

Don’t allow all the negative news to get to your head. In other words, don’t become part of the hysteria. As long as you maintain good hygiene, smart practices and a positive attitude and mindset, you will stay clear of this virus. This will not go on forever.

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Serotonin Syndrome

Dilated pupil secondary to serotonin syndrome

When Serotonin Attacks

Serotonin syndrome can be deadly if not treated in a timely manner. This is a syndrome that occurs when two serotonergic (promoting the release of serotonin in the brain) drugs or medications are combined. Onset is usually within a day of when the extra serotonin is made available in the brain. Common drugs and medications include:

  • Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs – antidepressant)
  • Serotonin Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs – antidepressant)
  • Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs – antidepressant)
  • Tricyclic Antidepressants
  • Amphetamines (stimulants)
  • Tramadol (opioid pain medication)
  • Dextromethorphan (cough suppressant)
  • Buspirone (antidepressant)
  • St. John’s Wort (herb with antidepressant properties)
  • Ecstasy or MDMA
  • Cocaine

The symptoms include:

  • High body temperature
  • Agitation
  • Myoclonus
  • Increased reflexes
  • Tremors
  • Sweating
  • Dilated pupils
  • Diarrhea

Complications include:

  • Seizures
  • Muscle breakdown
  • Death

Treatment involves stopping the medications, benzodiazepines for agitation or a serotonin antagonist such as Cyproheptadine. When body temperature is extremely elevated, active cooling measures are needed. With appropriate treatment, the risk of death is < 1%. It is important that everyone is educated on medical conditions that can be caused by psychiatric medications.

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