What can we do?

The coronavirus is here. Seemingly here to stay. The pandemic of 1918 of the H1N1 virus took 2 years to go away. So why should we think this one will just disappear soon. We don’t even have a vaccine yet. We have treatments to help with symptoms, or lessens the time.

The simple answer to the question is wear a mask, wash your hands often, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and social distancing, I’ve heard people say that the mask does not protect you from getting it. This is true BUT, it helps to prevent you from spreading it to others, as well as if others are not wearing a mask, you can get infected. Think about that. The crowd says well, if they’re not wearing a mask why should I? By the way, cotton cloth masks work best. So nobody infects anyone. Also, the mask should be over your mouth and nose! I’ve seen so many people think they’re abiding the law by wearing a mask over their mouth with their nose exposed. Do you think that the virus can only be spread to your mouth? Don’t you breathe air through your nose? The gold standard N-95 mask is 95% effective at keeping the wearer free of inhaling viral particles. But these are best reserved for health care workers on the front line.

Then there’s the theory of wearing a mask for too long can cause CO2 poisoning as your breathing in the CO2 that you’re expelling. Another fake fact. “There is no risk of hypercapnia (CO2 retention) in healthy adults who use face coverings, including medical and cloth face masks, as well as N95s,” Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, told Healthline. “Carbon dioxide molecules freely diffuse through the masks, allowing normal gas exchange while breathing.” So another myth down.

Hand washing. Most people just put their hands under water and rinse. Wrong! Even if you use soap you should lather up all the surfaces or your hand for 20 seconds. I find singing Happy Birthday 3 times does the trick. Also use a paper towel to open the door knob!

Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

There is a large list of symptoms you should watch for as of now :

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

There are some emergency warning signs that should prompt you to get to the emergency room quickly:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

There are some symptoms that have recently been confirmed by medical professionals too. So, the virus is changing? Mutating? Altering itself to seek other organs?

Have you ever thought that this was brought on like the plagues in Egypt? Well, that is partly true. We have not held up our part of the bargain with nature. We hate, we fight, we pollute the water and air, and our thoughts are only to get everything you can.

We are living in perpetual uncertainty. There are so many unpredictable and uncontrollable elements now. All of this also causes psychological issues — depression, anxiety, PTSD. Through tremendous pains and troubles we are gradually coming to terms with the importance of building a fortress of strong and meaningful human relations. As we internalize this premise and begin to work on our connections, we bring about warmth and affection, supportive thoughts, and concern for others.

These actions will foster our confidence in the future and navigate us safely through our current state of uncertainty.

The future society must be one where people live in order to attain connection among them because in the connection, they will discover joy and wholeness.

People are social beings. We are so dependent upon society that it should be our safe haven when we feel scarcity and fear. We need to create an environment that provides a sense of confidence, of mutual guarantee. This is all it takes to heal the social epidemic.

What if this prompted us to connect with each other instead of hating? Say hi and smile to strangers on the street. Talk to your neighbors. Offer help to those less fortunate. Share our resources. We used to be able to pay with things we had like, “I’ll take those jeans if you’ll accept a basket of vegetables from my garden”. Or vice versa. Wouldn’t that be cool? Free trade between countries — I’ve got what you need and you’ve got what I need. Why not?

Our egos have gotten the best of us. Gimme, gimme, gimme. Well, nature is fighting back — and winning! We see that because manufacturing is down the air and water qualities are getting better. Interesting.

Now what if this virus passes and we’re still feeding our egos? Could there be more? More viruses, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions,tornadoes, hurricanes — anything that nature can conjure up. We see the odd weather patterns of late.

The coronavirus is not “just” another epidemic. Just like a computer virus, it is reprogramming our operating system and changes our very essence. But not in a bad way; on the contrary, it is slowing down our lives so we may discover hidden pleasures that we’d missed before. By forcing us to rely on one another for our health, the virus is teaching us that we can trust one another, that we can build supportive communities, and that we can find pleasure in people more than in stuff.

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