Ok. I’m going to be alarmist and say some worrisome things here, but I want to pad that by letting know that in the long run, things will be fine. Not because things aren’t going to get really bad, but because we’re strong people and we can survive.
I’m in the middle of New York. We’re still weeks away from the apex, and last night we had more 911 calls than on September 11th terrorist attacks. Last night I couldn’t sleep because there was ambulance sirens non-stop the entire night. NYC is the epicenter of Corona in America, so what happens here can and will be happening to your community shortly afterwards. This isn’t something that’s happening in the news or on the TV screen, this is something that is happening to America and it is a thing that is happening to you.
My family lives in Florida, where there is minimal testing and the governor is being really slow in establishing a quarantine or taking this seriously, and I think that is affecting how people perceive the virus…like it’s a thing happening “over there.” I talked to my mom last night, and her interpretation of “social distancing” is going to a bar and just keeping to themselves, and I had to explain to her that that is not how things work.
A lot of people think because that they don’t have positive tests in their community that they don’t have Corona in their community, that it hasn’t arrived to them yet and it might never arrive and that all these safety measures are things to worry about…later. That’s not how things work. Very likely, the reason that nobody has tested positive for Corona in your community is because nobody in your community is testing for Corona. You should make the assumption that Corona is already in your community and take precautions to protect your community. You honestly should make the assumption that you have Corona and are asymptomatic that you can possibly be spreading it to others.
Sometimes it’s hard - in New York we’re lucky because everything is shut down right now so there’s not a reason to go outside besides the bare essentials. My brother isn’t so lucky, he’s in Florida and he’s forced to work - he tried remote working for his office, but his bosses forced him to come back.
Just try to do what you can do and understand that by respecting what our doctors are telling us. Think of it like this; by self-quarantining, by hiding in your house and binging Netflix like a slob, you are a hero. You’re saving lives. The lives of someone’s grandma. The life of a school principal who recently recovered from cancer. Years from now, you’ll be able to look back at this really difficult time in history and be proud that you did the right thing.
I think it’s important to keep in mind that before an epidemic, everything looks like an overreaction and after an epidemic, everything looks like it wasn’t enough.
Take care, and respect what our doctors are telling us. Wash your hands, keep 6 feet apart, stay away from crowds. Your community’s hospitals will soon be swamped and over-taxed, so be mindful of simple domestic behaviors that you do that can risk hospital visits, like climbing ladders. And don’t leave the house unless you have to.