Yes, You’re Reading Another COVID Thinkpiece

Yes, you are reading one of millions of blogs, stories, and think pieces about the topic of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

I get it.

Many of you continue to seek information about what COVID-19 is, how to limit yourself from exposure, and how to manage a pandemic. Some of you are burned out by it. Inaccurate or inconsistent information, individuals who are not credible experts rambling and tossing bad data around like a stale bagel. Some are impatient and wanting higher-ups to enact a plan. Any plan.

I’m not an expert or a scientist on the front lines. I’m learning along with you on the direct and indirect impact on how this is going to shake out. I am someone who has several pre-existing conditions. Two years ago, I received an organ transplant. As a result of the transplant, I take immunosuppresants so that my body doesn’t reject the new organ. The drawback is that my immune system is susceptible to the flu or infections. COVID-19 is a virus that I can easily catch.

Being conscious of the risks that could sideline me is nothing new, so I view the Coronavirus as another enemy on the list. The various research I’ve read prior to writing this post have indicated that the most vulnerable to COVID-19 are senior citizens and individuals who have pre-existing conditions. However as we’re noticing, healthy adults and children with stronger immune systems can contract COVID-19 and have a good to catch it or transmit it as well.

I have several personal beefs I need to air out on this site with regards to this rapidly spreading virus and my observations.

First of all, there are a lot of folks out here who are aware of the virus spreading and yet they choose not to address their hygiene.

That’s just dumb.

Hygiene is pretty much how we may have gotten here. Wuhan, a city in China, where the epicenter of the outbreak occurred, has a population of over 10 million residents. A lot of people living in one concentrated area. China has “wet” markets that sell fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat out in the open. In the U.S., meat is usually wrapped up and put in refrigeration as a safety precaution.

That’s not necessarily the case in China. Vendors at these wet markets will spot a live animal on the street, kill and gut them, and then sell the meat of the animal that was killed. Without regulating these wet markets, places like Wuhan can become a hotspot for unsanitary practices and putting consumers at risk of being ill. Dr. Michael Osterholm from the University of Minnesota explains how China became the perfect storm for COVID-19 in his podcast interview with Joe Rogan late last week.

Here in the U.S., we take farmers markets for granted. We buy stuff outside from vendors. Vendors work diligently to ensure that the edible products they sell meet sanitary guidelines.

To the human perspective, hygiene is more than washing your hands and using sanitizers. It means taking a shower, using deodorant, keeping your home clean, taking out the trash, dumping food out when the date expires or becomes rotten. We’re not living in the era where we could only bathe once a week. Hygiene is important.

Ryen Russillo from The Ringer with a post from March 13, 2020

The post above is at the heart of where I need to vent on, namely the crowd can’t help themselves but to politicize this deadly virus through partisan eyes.

Shut the “eff” up.

A decision that is made yesterday could and will change tomorrow. There are too many pieces moving around from big businesses to small businesses, from schools to grocery stores and shopping malls. A waitress who relies on tips at her job at the diner will face a bigger challenge to endure this than a real estate magnet. There are so many direct and indirect impact that effects all of us.

While I’m at it, you can take the “They (America) should have planned for this sooner” excuse and shove it up a dryer vent. The United States is not alone. China, South Korea, Iraq, Italy, and France are among countries that didn’t foresee this blowing up the way it did. They didn’t have a plan to stop it before it spreaded like a raging wildfire. If there is any clue on how unprepared the U.S. is, look at China. The Chinese government ignored the warning signs being waved by scientists until it was too late.

Nobody was pro-active. Everything we’re doing now is reactive.

I would rather hear from a scientist or a doctor who is on the front lines working to stem the tide than listen to some cable network talking head, an elected official, or some political boob on television talking about COVID-19. Yeah, I said it. I’m not backing down from that sentence. If I can learn what to do from a scientist to limit the risks of me getting COVID-19, then we all can.

A Florida man who knew he had Coronavirus decided to fly on a plane, and not tell anyone.

As a sad commentary, and yet true, Americans treat world events like it’s an apocalypse, and we show our collective asses in ways we normally would laugh about on normal days.

Stores being cleaned out by “fear” shoppers who buy up toilet paper, meat, bread, milk, and basic necessities that someone else may need. If you’re buying all of the basic necessities for yourslef, your’re not helping. You’re hoarding. Stores should place a limit on every item. We did it in World War II with a ratio program.

Matt Colvin of Nashville, Tenneesee bought up 17,000 hand sanitizers and tried to sell them at a higher price on eBay and Amazon. A Florida man (no “Florida Man” jokes here) who was diagnosed with COVID-19 boards a plane, and while in mid-air, tells the flight crew that he has Coronavirus. He knew he had it because his doctor told him that he tested positive.

What the hell? One dude hoards up all of the hand sanitizers to he can turn a profit for himself by feeding off consumers who need sanitizers, and another dude who knows he has COVID-19 and doesn’t tell the airline and airport officials and flies?

Matt Colvin is a jackass (he’s going to donate the sanitizers after being shamed), and the Florida man should be jail. In some states, it is a crime to expose citizens to potential communicable diseases (STD, herpes, AIDS, etc.) without telling someone. There should be one for viruses like COVID.

A running tally map tracking the number of COVID-19 cases worldwide. (Courtesy: Johns Hopkins University)

I will end on this: if you’re vulnerable in catching COVID (older age, pre-existing conditions, weakened immune system, etc) or it you are having symptoms of COVID, stay at home or at the hospital as much as you can. If you need to go out to run errands, combine your errands into one or two trips. Call someone to get groceries if you feel uneasy about heading out.

For you healthy folks, limit your interactions as well. Cut down on the trips to the coffeehouse make arrangements to work at home, postpone the neighborhood get together for another date in the future, etc.

It shouldn’t take a government or scientists to tell you how to take care of yourself. That should be common sense.

I’ll be at home, with a book, doing deep dives on YouTube, or coming up with silly non-sports topic brackets. “Social distancing”, in my opinion, is a fancy safe way to tell extroverts that they need to be introverts for awhile. It’s alright. Call it for what it really means: isolation. People feel uneasy about isolation. Introverts and some ambiverts crave . Extraverts will have a hard time being confined at home. It doesn’t have be hard if you take a few suggestions from an introvert.

It’s not wrong to say that you’re isolating yourself from bad things.

Mel Brooks and his son couldn’t say or show it any simpler than that.

Resources to read or geek on Coronavirus that got my attention:

Johns Hopkins COVID-19 map: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

The Joe Rogan Podcast (full) interview with Dr. Michael Osterholm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3URhJx0NSw

Bloomberg Businessweek “Seattleā€™s Patient Zero Spread Coronavirus Despite Ebola-Style Lockdown” (how the Coronavirus epidemic exploded in Washington State): https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2020-03-09/how-coronavirus-spread-from-patient-zero-in-seattle

Introvert, Dear “Extroverts, Here’s How To Survive Social Distancing, According to an Introvert: https://introvertdear.com/news/extroverts-how-to-survive-social-distancing-according-to-an-introvert/

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