It’s March 18, 2020. I’m currently living in a world where a few days ago, I made a remark about being excited to buy toilet paper. Those are words I never thought I’d utter just mere weeks ago. Panic has swept across the world as the novel Coronavirus creates its impact. There are ways to combat the spread, though. It’s called social distancing. We are also seeing schools, restaurants, and more shut down to help prevent the spread of this illness.
At the time of writing this article, there are currently seven cases of COVID-19 in my state. On one hand, it may seem silly to begin shutting things down. Why shut everything down before there is a problem? That is precisely the point. The point is to shut it down before it spreads. The point is to prevent it from spreading to those who cannot fight it off.
Across Facebook, across Twitter, across the Internet as a whole, there are so many people making really unwise choices. They’re taking the time off school and work to go party. They’re taking the time off to go on vacations. The point of shutting everything down isn’t to go off and have adventures. The point is to stay home.
Math and numbers aren’t my thing. Graphs don’t compute in my brain. But I can wrap my brain around this. This is where we’re headed. I know a lot of people say that it’s “just a bad flu”. For many people, it will just be a cold. But if you’re high risk the prognosis is far more grave.
We can all help prevent a tragedy. Wash your hands. Stay well hydrated. Do what you can to take care of yourself. And please, if you can, if it’s at all feasible, stay home. This isn’t the time to still go out and do things! This isn’t the time to live it up on the town! Look at the numbers. Look at them climb. This is a potetenial tragedy.
But yet, people are ignoring the warnings. People are hell-bent on continuing their daily lives, regardless of the cost. That cost will be the loss of members in my community. It’s on us, ALL of us, to do what we can to protect those who need it most. I know not every single person can stay home. I know the world isn’t that cut and dry. But a lot of the people who are refusing are fully capable of staying home. They just don’t want to.
Please, stay home. Wash your hands. Stay well hydrated. Wash your hands again. Don’t travel. And for the love of Pete, WASH YOUR HANDS.