Don’t be afraid of dying of COVID-19, be afraid of causing someone else to die

    It’s likely that at least some of the restrictions we have all been living under for the past month and a half will begin to be lifted soon. That doesn’t, however, mean that you should run headlong back into the world as if everything is okay. It’s not.


    Despite what some would have you believe; nobody wants things to remain the way they are. Workers are suffering, business owners are suffering, governments are suffering, health care workers are suffering, first responders are suffering—we are all suffering. Everyone is ready for this to be over!
    But even when the shelter-in-place orders begin to lift, we must all keep in mind why they were put into place to begin with: to slow down the spread of the virus in order to keep our medical system from becoming overwhelmed. If we don’t continue to practice social distancing, hand washing, sanitizing, and other safety measures, we could all wind up back in lockdown once again.
    We will get through this, and we will get through it together. We must all continue to be vigilant to keep everyone as safe as possible.
    Always keep in mind that what is being asked of all of us is not about us, it’s about what is the best for everyone. Mr. Spock had it right—“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”
    By most estimates, when someone catches COVID-19 they pass it on to at least two other people. So, it might not matter if you get the virus. You may be just fine. In fact, you probably will be fine. Most people recover and it appears likely that as many as 50 percent of people who have it don’t even know because they never show any symptoms.
    But what about those other two people?
    Your greatest fear shouldn’t be that you catch COVID-19 and die. Your greatest fear should be that you pass COVID-19 on to someone else, and they will die, especially since those other two people you pass it on to will likely be your coworkers, friends, and family.
    If you’ve ventured outside your house recently, things look different in many places. There are plexiglass shields in place at the post office and convenience stores, grocery stores are directing customer flow and limiting the number of people being allowed inside, and many businesses remain closed completely. If you’ve ventured outside your house recently, you’ve probably noticed that a lot of people appear to not be taking this very seriously.
    Anyone who has been out in public recently has seen people who are not social distancing and people who are not wearing masks when they are in close proximity to others. That may be due to the fact that we have had very few reported COVID-19 cases in our area but testing here has also not been what it needs to be—not even close. It’s likely the virus is far more prevalent here than we all believe, but even if it is not, we must all act like it is.
    And we’re not asking for a lot here, folks.
    All that is being asked of us is that when we are in public we keep our distance from everyone we meet who is not living inside our home, that when we are in public and can’t keep at least six feet away from others (or are entering a situation where we might not be able to do that, such as going into a store) that we wear a mask, and that we use safe hygiene practices (wash or sanitize our hands, clean surfaces, etc.) at home and in public.
    Those are small prices to pay to keep your coworkers, friends, and family members safe. You may not be afraid of catching COVID-19 but do your best to make sure others don’t get it.

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