Fearless or Selfish?
There's a wide division between the panic and poo-poo existing around COVID-19. There are some that are so panicked that they are probably stocked with supplies of toilet paper and water that will take them well into winter. Others are poo-pooing the impending epidemic because they are very low risk of anything major happening from contracting the illness and feel the cautions are too severe for something that they deem to be less threatening that the flu.
Social distancing is being recommended to help contain the spread of this virus. Unfortunately, a lot of people aren't taking it seriously. Let's talk about worst case scenarios and exponential growth.
This virus is suspected to be most contagious in the period before someone is symptomatic for seven to ten days. Let that sink in. BEFORE someone is symptomatic they are most contagious. By the time you are staying home because you don't feel well, you have already spread the virus to people who are also unknowningly spreading it.
What's the big deal? After all, it won't kill you, right? If you are not at risk with another serious illness or elderly, you are likely going to feel like crap and recover. But what about the people that you spread the virus too? And the people those people spread it too? And so on and so on. Will they be that lucky?
If this virus is truly spread by people who don't look sick, can you imagine how far it has already spread? Now think of the people that will need medical attention at hospitals. Ever had to wait in a hospital emergency room on New Year's Eve? Multiply that again and again and again. Before you know it, our health care systems are overwhelmed with the people that were at risk for this virus being fatal. Now add the daily medical emergencies like heart attacks, strokes, car accidents etc. You can see where the attitude of fearlessness is dangerous.
You wouldn't willingly hurt someone, so why put them at risk now? Sure it sucks to be a home body, but if the entire community where you live doesn't take this seriously, the results could be catastrophic...and not because you are at risk of dying from COVID-19.
This period many of our communities are in now is like waiting for a Polaroid picture to develop. We are awaiting the results of something that has already happened, but we don't know it yet. Stock up on some comfort food and have a stay-cation. Minimize contact with groups. Don't hug. Don't shake hands. WASH YOUR HANDS. This isn't just about you, but your entire community.