Selflessness will deter COVID-19

This is an excerpt from an article I wrote for Silver Sage Magazine Here’s the link to the original article:

Yes, I said selflessness.

COVID-19 will likely infect nearly all of us over the next few months, regardless of what we do. That is an unfortunate reality. With that in mind, and driven by relentless 24/7 media coverage, people have begun to panic and to do so in completely irrational ways.

Let me state here, that I am not minimizing the virus itself, nor the effects it will have on the elderly with underlying medical conditions or anyone with compromised immune systems. It is dire and scary for them. They should take extreme precautions.

But for most of us, the infection itself will be minimal and many may never actually show any symptoms. So, while the vast majority of the population will be impacted minimally, why is that same majority panic-buying things like toilet paper. It’s a respiratory infection folks, you won’t be spending the summer on the toilet.

The irony, of course, is that the elderly, and immuno-compromised are the most likely to be on fixed incomes and won’t be able to hoard those staples. They shop week to week or month to month to get the essentials that they need. Normal healthy people hoarding whatever they can inhibits their ability to buy necessities because you decided that you need 144 rolls of TP for what would likely be around a 14-day quarantine. That is selfish and irrational.

What can we do to be selfless? Wash your hands frequently, with soap. Postpone visits to Grandma at the assisted living facility. She will understand that you are trying to protect everyone at the facility. Don’t hug everyone that you run into.

Our focus should not be on trying not to get it. That is about you. Our focus should be on being conscious about our interactions. Our focus should be about not spreading it to those at risk.

But more than that, selfishness causes us to go overboard and isolate ourselves from everyone. In fact, there are those begging the government to legislate us into isolation. That sets a very dangerous precedent. Selflessness, means we still go out and support the small businesses in our community. It means we still volunteer. It means we wear masks, not to protect ourselves, but if we are sick—to protect others.

I predict that despite the fear-mongering on TV, the largest impact of this virus will be an economic one, not a medical one. Some would argue that that is the purpose of the fear-mongering, it is an election year after all.

So be selfless:

Instead of hoarding… share.

Instead of isolating… reach out and help.

Instead of living in fear… live in self-awareness.

Instead of protecting yourself… protect others.

All of us will know someone who gets hit hard by this virus. Many of us will know someone who dies from it. Use common sense, understand the ramifications of your interactions. And for god’s sake, washing your hands shouldn’t be a terribly new concept to people, but it seems to be.

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