Life in the time of COVID-19
The Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 is the first pandemic of this scale the world has faced in a long time. The last one was AIDS, declared a pandemic in 1994.
The thing about a pandemic -- why it's a pandemic, is because it spreads very quickly. In a single moment, a person, or a group of people can become infected. They won't show symptoms for a few days, but during that time, they will be invisible carriers of this disease. For most healthy people, this does not pose a life-threatening risk. But for a small portion of the country, COVID-19 has debilitating and lethal effects. And it's not always just about age. Without a vaccine, whether we ourselves are at-risk or not, it is impossible to know whether we are contagious until it is too late for those to whom it is a matter of life and death.
Despite the lies from our foul-mouthed president, scientific advancements and social distancing protocols have been working in the areas they are employed, and some other countries who have actually taken these protocols seriously have experienced little to no death as a result.
Here's how you can help get us to the end of the COVID rainbow (A COVID FAQ):
-Wear Them. No objections. Have one on you at all times. Know which masks are for what. There's a difference. With an infection rate slighter higher than ebola and slightly lower than HIV, the danger here is infectivity, not lethality.
2. Don't get confused by the death rate.
-What's a good death rate? 10% 5%? 1%? The death rate in Italy as of March 6th was estimate to be 3.8% based on their available data. But by March 15th, that number had risen to 7.8%. That number has since continued to rise and is currently at approximately 14%. In USA, that rate is currently as low as 4.15% and was trending downwards before the recent reports of record infection rates. You can blame Florida for that.
If there is a lower death rate due to COVID-19 in certain other countries, it's because they are following the social distancing protocols outlined by the WHO and their local community health guidelines.
Once again, the problem is not that COVID itself is incredibly lethal to everyone who gets it. It's that it's so infectious that it can very quickly spread around communities, and at that point everyone who is at risk who does become sick will need specialized medical treatment. It is largely lack of treatment or a complication of factors that leads to death as a result of COVID-19. Doing your part to minimize the spread of this invisible contagion will make sure that the small portion of Americans who do contract this disease will be able to get timely healthcare until a vaccine can be developed.
3. Maintain Social Distancing
-When Central Park has a social distancing guide, it's time to stay back, ya freaks.
-Watch out for yourself and participate in proper self-care techniques.
5. Get Tested!
-If you have any symptoms, or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, Get tested!
Don't take any chances. Most testing centers are offering no-payment options or waivers. Every day you wait could be another day you are infecting people unknowingly!
-Tested positive? Stay quarantined and take care of yourself! Don't be afraid to ask friends and family for help during this time, but make sure to keep them safe.
8. Maintain Social Networks!
-Not just digital social networks like Facebook and Instagram. Watch out for family and friends that are at-risk, unemployed, or quarantined. Check in with them with a telephone call or Zoom chat.
9. Educate Yourself!
-Science is constantly providing us with new information and a better understanding of our world. Educate yourself on the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and the most up-to-date facts (not fictions) regarding its dangers.