With the entire world buckling under the strain of the domino effect of the coronavirus on society, and people finding various ways to cope with the stress of it all, it seemed appropriate to drop a few observations into the pot.
It does not do any good to become paralysed with fear and anxiety over this thing. Like a hurricane or a wildfire, these things come along and they kill people, but they pass. And this too will pass. We need to be careful, super-hygenic and sensible, remaining calm and drinking lots of tea to make us feel better!
Many people are panicking as can be seen by the compulsive buying of toilet paper and other goods. With something like this, where you can actually do very little to avoid being infected, people are grabbing at things that they CAN do so that at least they feel like they are doing SOMETHING. But in fact the best thing that they can do is just minimise physical interaction with other people, and stay in their houses or accommodation as much as possible.
Just to repeat at this point, the avoidance actions you can take against the virus: Wash your hands with a virus killing anti-bacterial soap after touching anything outside your house. Do not touch your face at all until you have washed your hands. Do not get closer than 2 metres to other people. (One metre is suggested but I think this is a bit optimistic, and I would be happier with 3 or more metres personally – you can still have a conversation at a distance of 3 metres.) Do not congregate in crowds. Use hand sanitizer if you can’t wash your hands, and then wash them with soap and water as soon as you are able. Don’t shake hands with anybody, and of course, no kissing anyone outside of your own family or house. Eradicate physical contact with anybody outside your house until this is over.
Some people say that this is a punishment from God for the sins of the leaders of the nations, which could well be true. Others say that the Chinese launched this virus on purpose in order to drive overseas stocks down so they could buy up western companies at a fraction of their price. This is also a possibility. Others say it was caused by the unhygienic wild animal eating habits of the Chinese, which caused the virus to jump species, which is the most popular theory. I myself am still collating all the information and sifting out the fake news to try to make sense of the outbreak. What is pretty certain is that it was caused by a combination of greed and poverty.
What we actually need to do is support those who have tested positive, send them messages of encouragement and hope. Also be super supportive of nursing staff and doctors, and also any of those people who have to keep on working to ensure that you have food and supplies. Be kind to everyone at this time, putting aside petty irritations. Everyone is anxious to some degree, so give people some rope, and always be encouraging.
If you’re quarantined, enjoy the time with your family (if they are with you) and the same if your area is in lockdown. Make the most of the situation, so that good will come of this whole episode.
May the coronavirus soon be but a memory, consigned to history books.
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by Duncan Kelly