Fearless or Selfish?

Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA VA License # 0225089470

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.  


Comments (37)

Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

In the last 24 - 48 hours almost everything that would constitute a large gathering has been canceled, which is certainly one way to start containing the spread. Staying away from groups as much as possible, taking precautions, staying home if able - all are great ideas. 

Mar 13, 2020 05:33 AM
Chris Ann Cleland

I abstained from a Happy Hour with friends this week.  Somehow, the thought that people we KNOW can't spread this to us is insane, but that's what some of my friends thought.  

Mar 13, 2020 09:20 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Avoidance of people in person to protect others health. I called from my Lysol sprayed car talk to people for business.  Most gathering, grand openings, meetings have been canceled.  Passed the hospital where the elderly passed away. Someone like you or myself can be next in line.  We hit the US on 1 of the most infected neighborhood again.  

Mar 13, 2020 06:20 AM
Chris Ann Cleland

And I bet there are going to be a lot of undiagnosed cases.  This is allergy season and many will think their symptoms are nothing.  

Mar 13, 2020 09:21 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Chris Ann - a chance to reflect will hopefully bring smarter decisions forward.  

Mar 13, 2020 06:40 AM
Chris Ann Cleland

If you can only get those around you to take the time to reflect and get out of their pre-conceived notions.

Mar 13, 2020 09:21 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

My wife and I plan to spend as much time in Jupiter Florida as necessary and have shut down all investor visits indefinitely. 

Mar 13, 2020 07:14 AM
Chris Ann Cleland

Good plan.

Mar 13, 2020 09:22 AM
Christine Wade
Christine Wade - Townsend, MT
Operations Strategist / Online Business Manager

I shared a post on Facebook today about how everyone staying home is killing local businesses' profits...the post suggested buying gift cards / certs now so everyone can maintain their social distance, but you can still support your fellow local business people.  I loved the idea...be safe, be practical...be supportive.  Nice post Chris Ann!

Mar 13, 2020 08:29 AM
Chris Ann Cleland

That's a great idea!  

Mar 13, 2020 09:22 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

This pandemic (yes, we can now use that word) will certainly change our lives for a long time. I think Christine Wade - Real Estate Virtual Assistant made a great suggestion.

Mar 13, 2020 09:37 AM
Chris Ann Cleland

Yes, she did.

Mar 13, 2020 10:58 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Chris Ann,

I think that there is a balance that can be achieved at this time in our lives. The key is not get into panic mode and react to every stupid thing the news media is busy spouting for their agenda.  A

Mar 13, 2020 09:44 AM
Chris Ann Cleland

The various agendas are meaningless.  They aren't talking about the exponential threat to our healthcare systems.  

Mar 13, 2020 10:59 AM
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Hi Chris Ann - 

It's really hard listening to the people who complain that COVID-19 is being overblown and that all the reports of it are instilling panic. Those who are being cavalier about it either don't understand the significance of what's happening or just don't care. I'm going with Option 1 just so I can continue to have faith in the goodness of humanity.

Washing hands regularly and staying out of crowded public places in order to keep from killing people really seems like the least we can do to get through this pandemic.

The economic implications of COVID-19 are staggering. Although I'm relieved to see so many places shutting down to help try and slow the spread of the virus and minimize the number of deaths, I feel bad for all the people who will be sacrificing their livelihoods - or at least taking a major financial beating - as a result of implementing these drastic yet necessary measures.

We all need to look out for each other and be kind to one another. Whatever that looks like - however we can help others - we need to do that.

We're all in this together.


Mar 13, 2020 10:31 AM
Chris Ann Cleland

The economic impact is going to be felt for a long time.

Mar 13, 2020 10:59 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Well said, Chris Ann Cleland ... and so very timely and needed too.  This is indeed the "trickle-down theory" put to work, only in health issues.  We need to think of others.  There is no downside to taking precautions of washing hands, sanitizing, being careful, etc.  Ever.  So why not do it?


Mar 13, 2020 02:31 PM
Chris Ann Cleland

The more important piece for me is the unwillingness of many to change their routine of being out and about all day long.

Mar 14, 2020 07:19 AM
Laura Filip
Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
What can we do for you today?

Thank you for sharing this with us. We will be careful and respectful of others. We will not live in fear but will be cautious

Mar 13, 2020 04:45 PM
Chris Ann Cleland

I've been a tad stir crazy hanging at home, but confident this too shall pass.

Mar 14, 2020 07:20 AM
Laura Filip
Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
What can we do for you today?

Know that God was not surprised by this virus. This does not mean that God caused this to happen…our theology doesn’t allow us to believe that God is the cause of all things…but we do know that according to what Paul wrote us in Romans 8.28 

28 We know that all things work together  for the good  of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.  

 The Holy Bible: Holman Christian Standard Version. (Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers, 2009), Ro 8:28.

This verse doesn’t tell us that God makes all things happen - for He does not.  

This verse doesn’t tell us that all things that happen will be good - for they are not. 

But this verse does tell us…That whatever happens, good or bad, God can use it for our good if we so allow Him.  So we ask you to be wise as you pray 

Mar 13, 2020 04:50 PM
Carol Tunis
Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage - Saint Augustine, FL
Carol Tunis...a "HouseSold" name!

May this pandemic prove to be overhyped!  Personally, I'm looking forward to getting things done around the house and laying low!  You just don't know it's severity and quite frankly, I don't want to push my luck!  Stay safe and healthy, everyone..

Mar 14, 2020 02:59 AM
Chris Ann Cleland

If we all respect the social distancing and lay low, it probably will prove to be overhyped.  We have a hand in how this plays out.

Mar 14, 2020 07:20 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

The fear is driving us crazy and making us do things we have not seldom done before; like buying up all the toilet paper we can before they disappear! No common decency!!!

Mar 14, 2020 04:48 AM
Chris Ann Cleland

People are selfish.  That's being proven daily.

Mar 14, 2020 07:21 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Obviously things are changing daily...schools in Washington and Oregon are now closed, as are schools in California where three of  my grandchildren live. It is impacting us all in some manner. The best thing we can do is remember we are in this together.  It's also time to remember to live in the moment and celebrate the little wondrous things in life. 

Mar 14, 2020 07:11 AM
Chris Ann Cleland

Well said!

Mar 14, 2020 07:21 AM
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

You're fearless when you're knowledgeable and skilled, however, using your commonsense to reduce exposure to risks should be taken whenever possible. SO, get the facts from CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fprevention.html

People who stock up with essentials are simply fearful. 

Mar 14, 2020 10:07 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Chris Ann- I'm so glad that this was featured. We're all learning together every day about this virus. Many people do think that because we aren't high risk or feel sick that we're ok to be out. But you make an excellent point...we can still infect someone.  

This is changing the way we do things and one chief one may be the way we forget the importance of washing our hands.  That's not the only thing but we have to think and remember that we all are in this together and we will get through it. 

Mar 14, 2020 03:42 PM
Chris Ann Cleland

People who survived The Great Depression learned to be very frugal in their lives.  I wonder if we will become germophobes.

Mar 14, 2020 06:45 PM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Hi Chris Ann,

Good post. Congratulations on being featured. Your points are all very good and valid. 

Mar 14, 2020 06:37 PM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

All of these personal hygiene recommendations, to keep us "safe," were things my mommy taught me when I was a mere boy and have practiced all my life. 

We, as a world, are not very good at containing any virus, never have been, and simply can't be.  Basic personal hygiene is, um, basic.

Oh, I looked around our house at the beginning of this silliness and determined that there was nothing I needed to buy to get ready.  Being the good Boy Scout I was it seems we were, well, prepared.  When is the best time to stock up on anything?  Think carefully...

Mar 16, 2020 03:25 AM
Chris Ann Cleland

Having a well stocked pantry is never a bad idea. 

Basic personal hygiene and cleanliness is a must.  

Hope you and Wanda are doing well.

Mar 16, 2020 10:03 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in German and Real Estate * M.A. ABR ASP

If only we could all remain calm, and avoid panicky behavior. The crowds at the airports, the long lines at the stores ... seem like the kinda situation we should all be avoiding. I've been seeing some calls for special opening hours at the stores for the most vulnerable, first thing in the morning after the deep clean. I don't know if that is possible but that seems like a great idea! 

We are staying put but for some outdoor activity time - a walk, a hike, a run, a bike ride, and my kids are on a "corona schedule" in an attempt to keep some structure and normalcy. 

Mar 16, 2020 09:57 AM
Chris Ann Cleland

If there are special hours for the vulnerable, people will simply abuse that for themselves.  Selfishness is being revealed on so many levels right now.

Mar 16, 2020 10:04 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Spot on Chris Ann!  It's so important to be aware of what's going on.  Taking this seriously will help avert some of the sickness, at least some, that spread by people who aren't subscribing to best practices.  Great post!

Mar 20, 2020 10:32 AM
Chris Ann Cleland

The selfish in my area are driving me mental. The hoarding mentality is a serious problem right now.

Mar 21, 2020 03:58 PM

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