It’s never helpful to panic, but it IS important to be educated on important matters, especially something like what the whole world is experiencing now: Coronavirus aka COVID-10. When I say EDUCATED, I do NOT mean collecting data via word of mouth or social media platforms and calling it research.
I am alarmed by how many people do not understand the seriousness of this PANDEMIC that is upon us, without a doubt. Some are even mocking this outbreak of a pandemic disease.
Emily (my 16-year old) has asked me several times, “How long is this going to last?” My answer, “Not until everyone starts taking this fucking seriously and following protocol!”
𝘐 𝘥𝘰 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 “𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳” 𝘢𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 3 𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘬𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘐 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘣𝘦 𝘸𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘨.
I have never been a history buff, but one thing I DO know is that if you are familiar with historical events, then you know that history repeats itself. The Influenza threatening mankind is nothing new and is not the only epidemic/pandemic that has posed a threat in the past.
The Bubonic Plague created a death toll of 25 million in 541-542 (The Plague of Justinian) & 75-200 million between 1346-1353 (The Black Death). Cholera claimed 1 million lives between 1852-1860 & another 800,00 lives between 1910-1911 which was the 𝙎𝙄𝙓𝙏𝙃 Cholera Pandemic. The “Asiatic Flu”/“Russian Flu” had a death toll of 1 million between 1889-1890.
However, the Influenza Pandemic that stands out the most to me is the one that occurred in 1918, “The Spanish Flu” not just because one third of the world’s population became infected with this virus, but because it claimed the life of my maternal grandfathers mother. I have never forgotten the story I was told my grandfather at a young age because it was so heartbreaking. My grandfather, his brother & father all fell ill with Influenza. His mother took care of them all, and by the time they were better, she fell ill too, she didn’t have the strength & was to weak to fight it. After her death, his father became an alcoholic, married several different women, most of which were abusive to him & his brother, he even left my grandfather & his brother with their aunt for several years, and at one point they all lived in a tent & lived off tree bark.
675 Americans lost their lives & at least 50 million worldwide. This outbreak wasn’t like ones in the past that only killed children, the elderly & already sick patients …. 𝙄𝙩 𝙩𝙤𝙤𝙠 𝙡𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙝𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙩𝙝𝙮 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙙𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙨!! Knowing all of this, makes me wonder why people don’t understand how quickly & easily this thing can spread, especially since we live in a much more “social” time.
Since then, there has been “The Asian Flu” in 1956-1958 with a death toll of 2 million & then “The Hong Kong Flu” in 1968 which took another 1 million lives. And according to the CDC, between April 12, 2009 and April 10, 2010 there were approximately 60.8 million H1N1 cases.
Can you now see the 𝘽𝙄𝙂 𝙋𝙄𝘾𝙏𝙐𝙍𝙀 — how fast it can spread, how many lives can be taken & how long it can potentially last???The amount of people who are not practicing “social distancing” or enforcing it with their children is unbelievable to me & downright irresponsible.
I am not the most popular person with my 16-year old right now, but one thing that stuck out to me, was parents from Italy sharing that their one regret was allowing their teenagers to make them feel guilty and allowing them to go out and socialize despite the recommendation of social distancing.
Parents… most kids don’t “get it” and maybe you will not be able to get it through to them, BUT it is YOUR job to keep them healthy & safe and as fellow citizen, I beg of you to be responsible.
The only way to eradicate this, is to keep from spreading it. The only way to keep from spreading it, is to distance yourself. COVID-19 is NEW, which means we know very little about it & there hasn’t been enough time or cases to really know exactly what it will do, how it is transmitted, or who is most susceptible.
In the end, we can only control the controllable, which is ourselves, but I know I am doing my part, and god willing, it’s enough. I am drinking my Super Foods Shake DAILY 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘳 8++ 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴, taking supplements that boost the immune system, staying hydrated (over a gallon a day) & eating a fuck ton of veggies. Roll your eyes if you will, BUT this isn’t the time to live off of processed foods and junk food.
If there is one thing that I have learned from my own family history, it is —if for some reason my family members become infected by this novel virus, I want to be in the best health/condition possible in order to care for them and still be able to fight the virus off myself, if worse comes to worse. I wouldn’t want to have the same fate as my Great Grandmother, and leave my children motherless. All I can do is do my part to prevent it.