Each day something can happen in your life where you freak out, panic, have anxiety, etc. Everyone has those same types of days, some more than others.
This is especially relevant now. With the COVID-19 pandemic spreading throughout the world, it’s not hard to be a little scared. What makes the pandemic worse, is that no one knows who they can trust or believe for information. People blame President Trump, or say the CDC is part of a global conspiracy to pad the pockets of the rich, or it is a bioweapon from China that accidentally got released, it was released to stop the Hong Kong protests, and countless others.
Personally, it is overwhelming. I don’t what I can listen to and what I can’t. Some sources say it is a virus that makes you bedridden for weeks, others say it is like a severe flu, still others say they were barely affected by it, and of course, sadly, many have passed away due to complications from COVID-19.
Of course, I don’t want to get sick, but that isn’t personally what worries me. I am concerned that this will change the world as we know it. Countries around the world are asking people to voluntarily self-quarantine themselves to prevent exposure, schools are closing, businesses are closing, people are staying home, not shopping, not supporting local businesses because of that, and the global economy is slowly grinding to a halt.
Depending on how long this pandemic lasts and spreads, the world could take several years to recover from the effect on the economy.
Does this help?
You may be asking yourself, “Jeff, how does this get me to relax?”. Well, because even with everything going on, there is only so much we can do. Not one of us alone can stop this virus or its exposure, but what we can do is work together as a community, as a nation, as a planet to stop this. Instead of going to the store and hoarding all the toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and dried goods for yourself – help your fellow people.
The annoying media wants us all to think that this virus and everything surrounding it, is like the movie Contagion. It’s not – look at the actual numbers. I use this site to check the numbers: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
Now, when you go to that site, don’t let the “total cases” or “total deaths” bring you down. Obviously, it is happening, but don’t let it be the only number you look at. Look at the number of cases of people who have already recovered. The number is pretty staggering when you think about it. Roughly a third of the total infected have already recovered and are fine now. The media (both regular news and social media), doesn’t seem to mention that too much – which is sad.
But honestly, everyone needs to relax. As I said above, I have heard different stories of what having the COVID-19 virus feels like – but we can’t let that affect our lives to the point where we can’t LIVE our lives. I mean, some things are obviously out of our control. Such as government quarantines, the shutdown of dine-in restaurants and bars, etc. But we all can’t just be sitting at home scared – that’s not going to help the situation. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t stay home. Staying home will help contain the virus.
I need to rant about this COVID-19 situation…
Of course, we have those people who are openly defying any recommendations. That only hurts everyone else…Oh no, there’s a curfew! Okay, it’s for the good of everyone. But you have those select few who need to go against it, just for the sake of going against it. “They are infringing upon my rights”. Really? We are in the midst of a pandemic that is very contagious and can be deadly for elderly and people with underlying health issues. We don’t always know who those people are.
So you can’t go out past 9pm in some states, okay? Where is there to go anyways? Most bars and restaurants are closed for dine-in and most stores are closing early…so what is there to do past 9pm now? Nothing. Exactly.
Also, to the people who are stealing supplies from hospitals. Stop. Also, bring the supplies back. They are in dire need of these supplies to help treat both COVID-19 cases and the everyday fever and flu cases too! All you are doing is being selfish and hurting others – including the health care workers!
One more thing…stop panic buying and hoarding! Other people need supplies and food too. You don’t need 14 cases of toilet paper…but people who are actually in need of some, from normal use, could use a case…Please consider donating some supplies to a local hospital or a neighbor in need. We all need to work together in order to get through this.
Phew. I feel better…I had to vent a little.
So don’t panic. Don’t let the media’s negative coverage get to you. We will be okay, we just need to work together to get through this. We will get through this. Stay home if you can, wash your hands. If you feel sick, stay home or go to the doctor. Try to avoid the elderly and people with health issues, as they are more susceptible to harm from this virus.
We can get through this if we stick together! (not literally).
Thanks for reading! Be safe! Wash your hands! Stay home! If you need to be out or at work, practice social distancing!
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