How The CoronaVirus Leads Us To A Vegan World

“A clever person solves the problem. A wise person avoids it.”

— Albert Einstein

Isn’t it time we stopped using animals?

The CDC has estimated that three out of every four new or emerging diseases in people come from animals and yet we haven’t taken the elementary step of eliminating our animal exploitation practices. Just think that every time we purchase an animal product, we are setting in motion a series of events that leads to another human being exploiting another innocent animal for the replacement product, potentially unleashing the next zoonotic disease to infect our species.

Is that animal product really worth the risk? Isn’t it time we stopped using animals?

The coronavirus COVID-19 has a combination of infectiousness and lethality that makes it one of the most frightening zoonotic diseases that we have inflicted upon ourselves through our exploitation of animals. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the mortality rate of COVID-19 is 3.4%, while Dr. Marc Lipsitch of the Harvard School of Public Health estimates that 40% to 70% of the world population could be infected by COVID-19 within one year. If these estimates hold true, we are looking at 106M-186M additional deaths this year. Before COVID-19, the world death rate was about 60M each year.

Is eating bat soup or burgers really worth such pandemics? Isn’t it time we stopped using animals?

Italy had about 600 cases of COVID-19 infections on Feb 27, 2020. By March 10, within a couple of weeks, Italy had over 9000 cases of COVID-19 and the entire nation was in lockdown. In contrast, the US had about 700 cases of COVID-19 infections on March 10. What do we think will happen in the US by March 24, in a couple of weeks?

Isn’t it time we stopped using animals?

The mortality rate of COVID-19 is highest among adults who have underlying risk factors such as diabetes and heart disease. Diabetes and heart disease can be mitigated and even reversed if we stopped eating animals and adopted a whole foods plant-based Vegan diet.

Isn’t it time we stopped using animals?

I think it’s time we unleash our imaginations and realize a Vegan World as soon as possible. The planet, the animals and our health depends on it.

Please join us and let’s get cracking..

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23 Comments
  • Nina Schrödl
    Posted at 19:05h, 11 March Reply

    I love your work Sailesh! I sent this to everyone!

  • Denise
    Posted at 20:32h, 11 March Reply

    Thank you Sailesh- seems like common sense to most of us, huh? Let’s hope this coronavirus wakes people up. Keep fighting! ✌️❤️🌿

  • Reneé King Sonnen
    Posted at 22:33h, 11 March Reply

    Brilliant- Sharing

  • Amee Be
    Posted at 21:07h, 12 March Reply

    Floods, fires and the flu because we force cruel unsustainability on the planet. Stop making cruel choices so the planet can heal and so can we.

  • Adam Timander
    Posted at 12:21h, 13 March Reply

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    • Sailesh Rao
      Posted at 22:29h, 14 March Reply

      Thank you for pointing that out. I don’t know why our blog posts are not secure while all our other pages are secure..

    • Sailesh Rao
      Posted at 17:27h, 28 March Reply

      Thanks again! It should load as secure now.

  • sara starkey
    Posted at 18:16h, 13 March Reply

    And we tofu and avocado munching snowflake vegans are seen as a sanctimonious pain in the butt!
    Well here comes Covid-19 and people dying. Towns, cities and even a country in ‘lock-down’. The financial world in free-fall. I wonder why!!!!? Can I blame the omnivore and their agents, the livestock farmers for this. These vegan-haters are quick enough to tell us eating avocados is environmentally damaging. Talk about clutching-at-straws!

    I blame the meat industry and meat eaters for causing the suffering and misery of 70 BILLION intensively farmed animals a year – animals bred to be slaughtered and millions of breeding stock, all living in filth, stress brutal and fearful conditions.
    This animal treatment has, so far, caused Spanish flu (between 50-100 million people died), H1N1- Swine flu, H5N1- Bird flu, Sars, Mers and now we have Covid-19 rampaging through the world……perhaps livestock farmers and meat eaters will suddenly see the connection.

    But I won’t hold my breath on that…….wilful blindness is the name of the game

  • Frankie
    Posted at 18:41h, 14 March Reply

    Dr. Greger does a deep dive on this subject at https://youtu.be/G20cooZOiYE

  • Ray Kowalchuk
    Posted at 16:36h, 15 March Reply

    The downsides of the Covid-19 pandemic are legion, of course. I resist any notion that it’s a “good thing” that was “sent” for any particular “purpose,” but when given lemons one must look for opportunities for lemonade. What have we learned, that will facilitate a global population that needs to change in order to survive? Let me suggest as a thought exercise that the Covid-19 phenomenon challenges those with their imagination mired in history who are convinced that humanity “can’t change,” that our habits are fixed, that we can’t change, that we can’t wake up the juggernaut of mass complacency that we see in Western society. Can we respond to a wake-up call? We see the spectrum of human attitude before us — learnings of our self-centeredness (“To each their own — whether I take precautions is nobody else’s business!”) and our selfishness (resource hoarding) seem to prevail, but collectively we are understanding that to defeat an invisible enemy we are going to have to redesign our worldview. Even as we close borders we understand that the intruder is already within — what are borders? For what purpose are nations? Are they of increasing importance as time goes on, or can we think differently when we encounter global crises? Are our younger generations too preoccupied with entertainment and escapism, unable to respond to existential threat? We are about to learn that we don’t actually NEED the NBA to survive; while sports perform and individual and social function, they do not exempt us from individual and social participation in global crises which demand our attention. Are these lessons that prepare us for future energy crises (or redesignation of consumption) where sports may need to be reshaped with less stadiums, less wattage, and perhaps an emphasis on engagement via virtual reality? Are we going to ignore the peculiar way that as our global productivity declines our climate temperatures will actually climb rather than fall? (Will we acknowledge the solutions that will rapidly reverse these effects and redesign our failing systems with future-proofed ideas?). Has the redefinition of “workplace” reshaped concepts of the daily commute or the business trip that, despite the motives, are ultimately more future-proofed?

    Is “future-proof” suddenly a real concern?

  • morgan scully
    Posted at 16:40h, 19 March Reply

    unfortunatley a virus is indiscriminate on animal or vegetable diets no matter how you avoid any food it will not help. as the vegan diet depletes the body of immunity anyway your are weakened by your diet. i was vegan for 20 years and my bones are destroyed stay vegan if you choose i am going hunting with my vegan daughter(for now) and teach her how to survive vegans will not,if there is no modern world
    (ie b 12 mines). our ancestors survived millions of years without the vegan diet but i will watch you all choose to die

    • Amund
      Posted at 10:27h, 27 March Reply

      Don’t blame veganism because you’re a pussy

    • Erinn
      Posted at 16:09h, 31 March Reply

      Your bones where destroyed by the lack of minerals not the vegan diet ….animals food lack minerals in comparison to plants. Also many meat eaters have weak bones.

      Animal protein makes the body throughout calcium because of this vegans have stronger bones than people consuming animal products.

      For me it’s been 30 years on a plant base diet … my bones are very strong. I am very healthy.

      There is no proof that humans ate animals for millions of years. That is a belief not a fact.

      • Gina
        Posted at 06:58h, 18 April Reply

        I agree, there’s no proof that people ate meat millions of years ago. And actually if you think about it, they probably just ate raw vegetables until someone decided to introduce meat eating for sure. We are all in danger for not finding facts for ourselves and relying on society to brainwash us with it’s standards. I also find it funny how people get upset because people are supporting veganism, the underlying cause being that the truth hurts and no one can stomach it.

    • Erinn
      Posted at 16:16h, 31 March Reply

      To: Morgan

      Animals do not produce Vitamin B12…they get it from the dirt or they are given B12 from the farmers. B12 originate from dirt.

    • Nimmi Ragavan
      Posted at 03:53h, 01 April Reply

      I am vegetarian.

      When I was travelling in India in 2009, I caught Chicken Pox. Got all the blistery spots, and was managing quite well, vegan food, bathing every day with tumeric water. It seemed to be settling down.

      Then I decided that perhaps I should have an egg, as I had not had one for a while. In Sri Lanka, if you have chicken pox, you do not eat any meat, fish or chicken until you are fully recovered, and a you eat a lot of sago pudding.

      I forgot all about that, when I decided to have an egg.

      A few hours later, the number of spots increased substantially, and I remembered the warning.

      Perhaps some viruses are dependent on certain proteins for their replication. It may be worth trying going vegan when trying to recover from any viral infection.

    • Ron the Don
      Posted at 15:51h, 10 May Reply

      Morgan Silly, You are talking absolute nonsense. I don’t think you’ve been vegan or that your daughter is vegan – or if you know what the fuck vegan means. Or maybe you are eating unhealthy processed vegetarian crap.
      I am a meat eater and I’ve been told by my heart specialist and a thoracic surgeon about the risk / negative effects of animal products on the immune system and general health. That’s why it will be safer for me to eat plant based foods that will improve my health in general. If you want to satisfy your craving with the taste of murdered sentient innocent animals, then you have the right to your actions and karmic reactions thereafter – but try not to put down the diet that God prescribed in Genesis 1:29.
      Watch Game Changers, What the Health and Forks over Knives on Netflix to improve your knowledge.
      By the way, almonds will do your peanut sized brain a lot of good too.

  • Victor Huynh
    Posted at 15:37h, 29 March Reply

    How many meat eater in hospitals?
    How many vegan in hospitals?
    How many meat eater die from Coronavirus in hospitals?
    How many vegan die from Coronavirus in Hospitals?
    Anyone has any statistics?
    This will be the proof of vegan healthy conditions!!!

    • K h
      Posted at 23:01h, 08 April Reply

      I want to know those stats as well!
      I bet the majority are meat eaters!

      • Sailesh Rao
        Posted at 23:16h, 08 April Reply

        "Mortality data emerging from Italy[12] and now New York City, show that 99% and 95% of the people (mostly older) who have died from COVID-19 in Italy and NYC, respectively, suffered from pre-existing medical conditions, mostly arising from a lifetime of bad nutrition."…

        https://plantpurecommunities.org/defense-against-covid-19/

  • Nimmi Ragavan
    Posted at 03:54h, 01 April Reply

    I am vegetarian.

    When I was travelling in India in 2009, I caught Chicken Pox. Got all the blistery spots, and was managing quite well, vegan food, bathing every day with tumeric water. It seemed to be settling down.

    Then I decided that perhaps I should have an egg, as I had not had one for a while. In Sri Lanka, if you have chicken pox, you do not eat any meat, fish or chicken until you are fully recovered, and a you eat a lot of sago pudding.

    I forgot all about that, when I decided to have an egg.

    A few hours later, the number of spots increased substantially, and I remembered the warning.

    Perhaps some viruses are dependent on certain proteins for their replication. It may be worth trying going vegan when trying to recover from any viral infection.

  • Dushyant Kumar
    Posted at 22:43h, 02 April Reply

    Morgan Scully
    There are many idiots like you who didn’t know how to be on vegan diet.
    Watch "Clarence0" videos on Youtube he will shatter your belief.
    I am vegetarian and soon going vegan. And i am so strong and healthy. I feel the surge of unlimited power in me like at all time. I don’t feel tired. And I don’t need tea/coffee to start my day. I am just ready when I wake up. I dont understand what you mean when you said vegans get deficient in calcium.

  • Ayathuray Rajasingam
    Posted at 01:15h, 08 May Reply

    Vegetarianism is best for all purposes. When our Soul takes its birth on earth, it should be for a noble mission. Noble mission does not mean harming any animals. God has provided all the means for man to survive on vegetables, yams and grains. God created this universe for every being to have a place for their survival. Much can be said about this. Now when an animal or bird is slaughtered, we should feel the pain that those innocent animals and birds undergo. When cows and goats are allowed to enter the slaughter house, just observe their eyes begging for life. What do we gain in killing an animal or bird? Are we fair by those innocent beings. When those animals and birds are slaughtered, the enzyme in the flesh and blood also enters the body of humans who eat and later develop animal instinct. Is this necessary. One can say that meat has nothing to do with coronavirus, but what is wrong when being vegetarian. Are we not doing a great service to God who had created all being in this planet to survive. As far as I know vegetarians have a long life span and are in healthy conditions. Cows give us milk which is a natural process. Just because milk has protein, can any one cut and chop his mother to pieces and eat her. This is simple logic. Always treat the domestic animals as family members.

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