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CORRELATION-19

It Attacks Our Way Of Life

Josh S. Rose
Mar 15 · 3 min read
  1. HUMAN’S HAVE A LONG HISTORY OF ACTING IN CONFLICT WITH OTHER ANIMALS AND THE ENVIRONMENT. COVID-19 COMES FROM ANIMALS.
  2. COVID-19 PRIMARILY AFFECTS THOSE WITH POOR RESPIRATORY CONDITIONS. CHINA IS THE LARGEST PRODUCER AND CONSUMER OF TOBACCO.
  3. COVID-19 HAS AFFECTED MORE MEN THAN WOMEN IN CHINA. MEN SMOKE MORE THAN WOMEN IN CHINA.
  4. TRAVEL AND TOURISM ACCOUNT FOR A MAJOR PORTION OF OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT. COVID-19 HAS RESULTED IN A DECREASE IN TRAVEL AND TOURISM.
  5. PUBLIC HEALTH CARE HAS BEEN A DECREASING CONCERN AMONG THE U.S. GOVERNMENT. COVID-19 HAS RESULTED IN BOTH GOVERNMENT FUNDING AND DAILY GOVERNMENT CONVERSATION FOR AND ABOUT PUBLIC HEALTH CARE NEEDS IN THE U.S.
  6. A RAPIDLY-GROWING ECONOMY AND SCALING GLOBAL PRODUCTION HAS GREATLY SPED UP BOTH CLIMATE ISSUES AND PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERNS. COVID-19 HAS SLOWED THE ECONOMY AND GLOBAL PRODUCTION.
  7. THE CORE FAMILY STRUCTURE HAS DRIFTED APART. COVID-19 HAS FORCED FAMILIES TO STAY CLOSER TOGETHER FOR LONGER DURATIONS.
  8. SOCIAL STRESS AND FEAR-OF-MISSING-OUT HAS GROWN OVER THE PROLIFERATION OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE CONSTANT PEEK INTO PEOPLE’S ENHANCED VERSIONS OF THEIR LIVES. COVID-19 HAS RESULTED IN LESS TRAVEL, EVENTS, CONCERTS, PARTIES AND SOCIAL GATHERINGS IN SOCIAL MEDIA.
  9. AMERICANS HAVE BECOME DISILLUSIONED WITH WORK ENVIRONMENTS AND SUFFER FROM EXHAUSTIVE SCHEDULES. COVID-19 IS CREATING A SUDDEN BOOM IN REMOTE WORKING AND FORCED TIME OFF.
  10. THE WORLD ECONOMY HAS BECOME RELIANT AND DEPENDENT ON CHINA FOR PRODUCTION. COVID-19 IS FORCING BUSINESSES TO FIND WAYS TO BE SELF-SUFFICIENT.
  11. NATIONALISM AND FEAR OF OTHERS HAVE CREATED MORE BARRIERS AND LESS SHARING OF IDEAS. COVID-19 HAS SPAWNED MASSIVE OPEN-SOURCE COLLABORATION AMONG NATIONS.
  12. THE U.S. GOVERNMENT TOUTS A GOOD ECONOMY AS A SHIELD AGAINST ALL CRITICISM OR ACCOUNTABILITY. COVID-19 HAS CAUSED A MASSIVE DECLINE OF THE ECONOMY.
  13. OIL PRODUCTION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR DIRECT HARM TO ANIMALS AND NATURE AS WELL AS A MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTANT. COVID-19 HAS CREATED THE FIRST DECREASE IN OIL DEMAND IN OVER A DECADE.

14. POLLUTION LEVELS, ESPECIALLY FROM CHINA, HAVE BEEN A GROWING CLIMATE CONCERN. COVID-19 COINCIDES WITH A SIGNIFICANT AND DRAMATIC DECLINE IN POLLUTION LEVELS OVER CHINA.

15. THE U.S. HAS LONG STOOD AS THE ONLY WEALTHY COUNTRY THAT DOESN’T REQUIRE PAID TIME OFF FOR SICK WORKERS. IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATE HAVE BOTH PASSED A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT INCLUDES PROVISIONS FOR 10 DAYS OF PAID SICK LEAVE AND 12 WEEKS OF PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY THE VIRUS.

16. PROGRESS ON CLIMATE CHANGE, WHICH IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATH OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD, HAS FAILED TO GAIN WORLDWIDE SUPPORT BECAUSE OF ITS COMPLEXITY. COVID-19 HAS BEEN ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH A NEAR-IDENTICAL TYPE OF WORLDWIDE ACTION BECAUSE OF ITS PERCEIVED SIMPLICITY.

17. JUST AS THE EARTH NEARS AN UNRECOVERABLE “TIPPING POINT,” COVID-19 FORCES PRECISELY THE KIND OF ACTION THAT MIGHT HEAL THE EARTH.

18. VIRUSES CAUSE INFLAMMATION IN HUMANS. HUMANS CAUSE INFLAMMATION ON EARTH.

19. HUMANS ARE A DELICATE BALANCE OF INTERACTING ELEMENTS THAT ARE EASILY DISRUPTED. SO IS THE EARTH.

The COVID-19 virus attacks humans, but in an even greater way, it seems to be attacking our way of life.

Please be extremely conscientious and caring, with yourselves and with others. What we call “social distancing” and “quarantining,” may be a call to rest and regroup, as a species. But we are well-equipped to do so. Every major religion observes a form of sabbath; a time of rest and reflection, in observance of nature.

Be safe, be kind and be well.

Josh S. Rose

Josh S. Rose

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Medium Top Writer. I write about photography and less important things.

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