Social Distancing – Globally, we have done pretty well when it comes to social distancing during this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. I must also commend the United States for those who HAVE complied with the social distancing efforts in the last 6-12 weeks. Thousands across this country have made major sacrifices when it comes to their families, workplace and their everyday livelihood in order to comply with the social distancing orders put in place. We all are affected by this in some form of fashion. My dear 98 year-old mother is in a nursing home, and this particular nursing home has been sheltered in place with no visitors for the last 4 weeks. It tears me up inside knowing she cannot have visitors and that that nursing home and many other nursing homes may face the reality that the virus could spread to them. There are still too many who have not complied though, even 3-4 months into this raging virus. Please, let us sacrifice a few weeks of our normal disruption of life in order to get this virus contained and so that no more lives will be lost! We are already 2-3 weeks behind – the quicker we comply with the stay-at-home and social distancing orders, the quicker we can ALL get back to some type of normal life and get the economy going strong again.
Stupidity – This is the part of my blog that I have to get really real. I am normally a pretty positive, upbeat and happy person, so not to say that this is negative, I am just going to hit you with the facts -the reality of what is really happening… So there are still many out here, even after 3 months of this pandemic, that believe that this global health crisis isn’t “real”. There are thousands of human lives lost during this crisis!! How is that not real??? There are millions who have actually had the virus and thousands who have recovered. How is this not real??? Then you have state orders that were issued for people to stay at home, but again, all state leaders feel for one stupid reason or other that they do not want to comply with the orders or they “didn’t know that asymptomatic people could also spread the virus”. That person who made that comment is in the same state where the home office of the CDC is located – the very agency who set out that guideline weeks prior…… (sigh).
You have some churches who are just bent and bound on continuing to have church services, even thinking it’s okay to still give hugs and shake hands and “pray it away”. You are still infecting people by doing foolish stuff like this!!! Stop it people, just stop! I am a true believer in God, have had many struggles in my life and know it was no one but God that brought me through each and every trial, but I also have a brain that God gave me to use!! I am one of those who have underlying health issues and there is no way I’d be going to anyone’s church. First, you’re being disobedient. Second, there is a real live pandemic going on and I’d be a straight fool to go harm myself or others by congregating with people, just to say I went to church!!! There are many churches who have live-streaming of their ministers giving you a good sermon, many who are offering online giving as well. Maybe this is God’s way of telling us to SIT DOWN AND STAY HOME!!
Selfishness – Then you have those who are so use to being selfish, arrogant and self-centered who, actually have gone into a state of panic because their lives were disrupted. You have those selfish people who feel this is only happening to me and I shouldn’t have to work or I should hoard everything from the stores. You are not the only one that this is affecting! It is affecting every human life on this globe – whether directly or indirectly.
This is the time, more than ever before, that we need to come together, at a distance, to help stop the spread of this coronavirus. Utilize the tools we now have – the internet, all the different social media platforms, etc to get the word out to stay at home as much as you can to end this pandemic. Follow all of the tips that have been so greatly shared through the various health organizations, federal, state and local governments and the media. If you’re unemployed, follow the steps to file for unemployment, whether online or via phone, no matter how many times you have to repeatedly call to be able to get through! If you do not have health insurance, please – now is the time to get your health insurance. Remember, if you have become separated from your job, you DO qualify for the American Health Act (AHA) health exchange right now – you do NOT have to wait until open enrollment.
When we do go out and about for only the necessary things right now, take all the precautions of washing your hands before you go out, washing when you come back home and sanitizing yourself and your household.
While we are sheltered at home for awhile, find safe ways to help ALL of those working so hard and tirelessly on the front lines to help save livesl Find ways to give back in your community. Stay informed of factual things around you and not panic. Stay healthy yourself – keep your immune system strong and stay at home!!