Each day, more cases of coronavirus infections increase worldwide. With the exception of Antarctica, every corner of the world is impacted. There is much uncertainty as governments and medical authorities struggle and scurry about to figure out how best to deal with the virus.
What is certain is that this virus is spreading, cases of infection are exponential, no one is immune, and the vulnerable are getting sick and dying.
While initially, the elderly who had some underlying health conditions were dying from coronavirus, it is now known that anyone who has a weakened or compromised immune system are at risk. Smokers and the obese are at risk.
In the United States, people are being told to exercise “Social Distancing,” to practice washing one’s hands on a frequent basis, to limit exposure to the public, to stay home, and even remain indoors for 14 days. These are drastic measures all designed to slow the spread of the virus and save lives. These are good practices to implement.
Some people listen and implement while others just do not care and somehow feel that they are invincible, yet could be a “source of the spread.” This is a foolish mentality to have because they may or may not get sick, yet they can infect others who are more vulnerable. These persons are unthinking and selfish. Yet, they will be the first ones who will cry out for help if they or a loved one is infected because of their irresponsible attitude.
Most countries have shut down their borders and not allowing entry. Some countries are not allowing visitors to leave. I know a few people who are stuck in the Philippines as the Filipino government has placed a ban on all travel.
In my opinion, this virus is very dangerous as it is contagious and we must do all we can to be responsible social citizens to protect ourselves and each other.
Common sense dictates …
- Do not take risks. It is not just about you.
- Limit – and if possible – avoid social contact with others until we see what this virus does.
- Wash your hands with hot soap and water often and especially if touching shared surfaces.
- Use hand sanitizer if hot soap and water are not available.
- Wear vinyl disposable gloves when in public.
- DO NOT handshake, fist bump, or hug.
- Practice social distancing.
- Limit or avoid contact with the public.
- No social gatherings.
- If you get sick, self-quarantine. If it gets worse, call your local health authorities.
- Educate your children. It is your responsibility, not the government.
- None are invincible or immune.
- Be smart.
- Eat and drink right. (See this article)
Because people are largely stubborn and non-compliant, many people will die because of such carelessness. People are still going out on the beaches in droves. Jetsetters and partiers are still clubbing. Not smart.