COVID-19 – Why We Need to Stay HomePosted on: April 9, 2020
No one is immune to COVID-19. No matter how young you are. People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus. Older people, in particular and people with pre-existing medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease can become severely ill with the virus.
We’re in the middle of the pandemic. This is a new virus and we don’t really know yet how to deal with it. This is why it’s difficult to contain. It’s going to take some time for our bodies to know how to fight this virus. It’s going to take some time for our doctors to understand it and find the best ways to protect us.
The good news is we have dealt with viruses before – ebola, rabies, herpes, smallpox, dengue, influenza and the two prior novel coronavirus outbreaks SARS and MERS.
New viruses emerge all the time, the coronavirus is not the first and won’t be the last. We’ve learned how to deal with viruses in the past, and in time we’re going to win this one as well.
But, we’re going to need some time. How much time, no one knows for sure yet. But, we can make that time come quickly. How?
By social distancing – it means:
- Staying 6 feet away from other people if you must go out in public
- Not gathering in groups
- Staying home and limiting going outdoors
- Work from home, if possible
- Avoiding travel
- Isolating or sheltering in a place if government officials tell you to
Social distancing measures can slow the spread of COVID-19.
Social distancing will literally buy us the time we badly need:
- To help struggling health workers care for the hundreds and thousands sick,
- To understand how the virus works and find new treatments.
People can have COVID-19 and have very mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. So even if you think you are healthy don’t take any chances, it’s not worth it. Anytime you go to someplace with a lot of people, there’s more potential for exposure to the disease. And when you have it, everytime you pass this virus to someone else, it can pass to 3 or more people and during that time they can spread the virus to others as well. Before long a few people can turn into hundreds and then thousands and that’s how this whole situation blew up into the global health crisis it is now.
If you are young and healthy you might think this is no big deal because you’ve been told that this virus is nothing more than a bad cold to you. Not true at all! Almost 40% of people hospitalized are below 55, and for people older and have pre-existing conditions this is a lot more serious for them.
Social distancing isn’t just for you. It crucially protects people who are at risk from the disease.
You can literally save a life just by staying at home and staying away from each other.
You can just sit on the couch, watch TV or stare at your phone or tablet all day and save a life at the same time.
Now is the best time to work at home, sleep for hours, communicate on social media – use your phone and stay connected with family and friends.
Each one of us has a huge role to play in how the coronavirus outbreak plays out. You can potentially make it so much worse, or you can help make it better – if you’re willing to stay home.
All we’re being asked to do is stay at home and not go out. That’s not too much to ask.
We can all do this together. Let’s each do our part. Respect the advice of public health to keep us all safe. Practice social distancing. Stay at home, stay safe, stay healthy. If we get it right, then we’ll be able to move past this in less than no time.