Even while newscasters claim the coronavirus is “keeping us home,” millions of people are not able to stay home at all. Staying at home has become the norm for the privileged, not for the practical working man or woman.
Those staying at home can often work by computer or phone, or are sick. Not everyone is privileged to have that freedom in order to make a living.
While fortunate folks are able to stay at home, others are not. To those that are not able to stay at home, those that claim the coronavirus is keeping us home seem like an elite and privileged group.
Must there be a conspiracy theory behind everything bad that happens?
Latest conspiracy theory heard from a true believer: COVID-19 was bio-genetically engineered by the Chinese government. Why would they want to shoot themselves in their own foot? To reduce the population of course.
I’m thinking, what? You don’t think nature is smart enough to create a virus like this on her own? If something bad happens in nature it must have been some evil person or government that caused that bad thing to happen?
Must there be a conspiracy behind everything bad that happens?
Even as people are still joking about the temporary pause in day-to-day activities because of the coronavirus, millions of Americans have lost their jobs and industries have been affected in ways that we cannot even imagine.
Just take a peek under the blanket of normalcy and see what’s really happening around the world. It’s bad enough that hundreds of thousands of people could die from this virus, but in the long term it’s the economic downturn that will be remembered. We are headed for another Great Depression, not a recession like in 2009.
Never before in modern history have so many industries closed. Never before in modern history have so many people been put out of work so quickly and abruptly. The economic effect of all of this can be nothing other than total catastrophe and financial ruination. It will affect not just some mom and pop restaurants in town, but it will affect every single person in the world. We are all about to get really poor.
Everybody knows that public gatherings are discouraged or even outlawed right now. Public dining, restaurants, bars and nightclubs, casinos, sporting events – all have been canceled or put on indefinite hold.
This is not going to end in two weeks time. This is going to last for a long time.
To see what effect this is going to have, let’s take a look at sporting events. Here in Amarillo, Texas, the city invested millions of dollars to construct a minor league baseball park downtown. Last year, the local team, known as the Sod Poodles, won the Texas division championship. Thousands upon thousands of people flocked to the stadium, purchased tickets, ate food, drank beer, and provided the baseball players themselves with an opportunity to get drafted into the major leagues. Now all that money has stopped. Who do you think is going to be affected by the sudden lack of cash flow? A lot of people, including the city of Amarillo itself.
Now look beyond our little baseball park in Amarillo to huge sporting events like the NFL or Major league baseball. The NFL is going on like the football season is going to continue. We don’t know that at all. Even if it does continue we don’t know if anyone will even show up for the games because of fear of the virus. Who do you think pays the baseball players or the football players? It’s the revenue generated from the ticket sales and advertisements. All of that is in suspended animation. All of that is lost. Along with all of that lost revenue is thousands of support businesses.
Earlier I mentioned casinos being closed. Well of course casinos are a place where a lot of people gather in tight spaces and play slot machines and gamble in other ways, right? Casinos on Native American reservations are closed. Now think about Las Vegas. The whole city is closed. How many people are unemployed, how many businesses have bills to pay but no revenue coming in to pay those bills? How many hotels are empty?
So now we’ve got all kinds of people on reservations sick with CORVID-19 and no employment because of the casinos NOT BRINGING IN ANY INCOME FOR THE WHOLE COMMUNITY. Even the Grand Canyon is closed because you have to drive through the Navajo Nation to get to it and hundreds of people in the Navajo Nation are sick with the coronavirus. National Park workers at the Grand Canyon have fallen ill with the virus. So now we have no Grand Canyon to visit.
It’s not one sector of society that’s being affected, nor is it one country. This is the whole world, every nation on every continent being affected by CORVID-19. In some countries, like India, people are already starving. People will become homeless, hungry, hopeless, not just in third world countries but right here in America.
Think about religious institutions. Think about Krishna and Hindu temples that depend on the weekly donations from congregational members. Many churches, temples and synagogues also depend on weeklysupport and donations. Some of them will not survive.
The horror is just beginning. As we hide in place from this virus, the even more insidious financial collapse is taking place all around us. Get ready for what’s to come.
Now that the new coronavirus and COVID-19, the illness it causes, are
spreading among communities in the United States and other countries,
phrases such as “social distancing,” “self-quarantine” and “flattening the
curve” are showing up in the media.
What do they mean, and how might they apply to you, your family and your
Lisa Maragakis, M.D., M.P.H.
, senior director of infection prevention at Johns Hopkins, helps clarify
these concepts so you can understand better why they’re being recommended.
What is social and physical distancing?
While it may be disappointing to hear that so many sports events, cruises,
festivals and other gatherings are being cancelled, there is a public
health reason for these measures. These cancellations help stop or slow
down the spread of disease allowing the health care system to more readily
care for patients over time.
Cancelling events that are likely to draw crowds is an example of social and physical distancing. Social distancing is deliberately
increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness.
Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of
Other examples of social and physical distancing that allow you to avoid larger crowds
or crowded spaces are:
Working from home instead of at the office
Closing schools or switching to online classes
Visiting loved ones by electronic devices instead of in person
Cancelling or postponing conferences and large meetings
Coronavirus: What do I do if I Feel Sick?
What is self-quarantine?
People who have been exposed to the new coronavirus and who are at risk for
coming down with COVID-19 might practice self-quarantine.
Health experts recommend that self-quarantine lasts 14 days. Two weeks
provides enough time for them to know whether or not they will become ill
and be contagious to other people.
You might be asked to practice self-quarantine if you have recently
returned from traveling to a part of the country or the world where
COVID-19 is spreading rapidly, or if you have knowingly been exposed to an
Using standard hygiene and washing hands frequently
Not sharing things like towels and utensils
Staying at home
Not having visitors
Staying at least 6 feet away from other people in your household
Once your quarantine period has ended, if you do not have symptoms, follow
your doctor’s instructions on how to return to your normal routine.
What is isolation?
For people who are confirmed to have COVID-19, isolation
is appropriate. Isolation is a health care term that means keeping people
who are infected with a contagious illness away from those who are not
infected. Isolation can take place at home or at a hospital or care
facility. Special personal protective equipment will be used to care for
these patients in health care settings.
What is “flattening the curve?”
Flattening the curve refers to using protective practices to slow the rate
of COVID-19 infection so hospitals have room, supplies and doctors for all
of the patients who need care.
This image was adapted from the CDC.
A large number of people becoming very sick over the course of a few days
could overwhelm a hospital or care facility. Too many people becoming
severely ill with COVID-19 at roughly the same time could result in a
shortage of hospital beds, equipment or doctors.
On a graph, a sudden surge in patients over a short time could be
represented as a tall, narrow curve.
On the other hand, if that same large number of patients arrived at the
hospital at a slower rate, for example, over the course of several weeks,
the line of the graph would look like a longer, flatter curve.
In this situation, fewer patients would arrive at the hospital each day.
There would be a better chance of the hospital being able to keep up with
adequate supplies, beds and health care providers to care for them.
Lessening Coronavirus Impact
It’s important to know
what to do if you feel sick.
The coronavirus pandemic is making everyone aware of handwashing and
protecting others from coughs and sneezes. Along with those essential
steps, practices such as social and physical distancing, and self-quarantine and
isolation when appropriate can slow the rate of infection in a city, town
The pandemic can seem overwhelming, but in truth, every person can help
slow down the spread of COVID-19. By doing your part, you can make a big
difference to your health, and that of others around you.
SARS stands for severe acute respiratory syndrome. In 2003, an outbreak of SARS started in China and spread to other countries before ending in 2004. The virus that causes COVID-19 is similar to the one that caused the 2003 SARS outbreak: both are types of coronaviruses. Much is still unknown, but COVID-19 seems to spread faster than the 2003 SARS and also may cause less severe illness.
As of now, there is not a specific treatment for the virus. People who become sick from COVID-19 should be treated with supportive measures: those that relieve symptoms. For severe cases, there may be additional options for treatment, including research drugs and therapeutics.
Diagnosis may be difficult with only a physical exam because mild cases of COVID-19 may appear similar to the flu or a bad cold. A laboratory test can confirm the diagnosis. Learn more about COVID-19 testing.