How Seriously Are You Taking COVID-19?
The terrifying thing I’m realizing is that I might be in the minority of people who have been and still are taking it seriously
For the US, it’s been about five months since COVID-19 swept this nation and turned life as we knew it upside down. Yet, still after five months, we are no closer to wholly understanding this virus, let alone ridding it from our country entirely.
In early March, many of the states that were seeing rapid upticks in their number of cases did act accordingly, mandating that non-essential businesses shut down, people stay in their homes as much as physically possible, and to social distance from others whenever there was a need to leave your home.
And thanks to the compliance of [most of] the people within those states, there has been a slowdown in the number of new cases and less hospitalizations, which in turn has led to the re-opening of many businesses across the country.
However, the key thing to note is that America was not entirely on the same page in regards to taking the necessary steps that were emphasized by health officials. This has ultimately led to unfortunate repercussions in those states that were not as compliant during the early stages of the virus — which is what has been making people so infuriated with one other during these difficult times (and rightfully so).
I, too, am on the side of frustration since I’ve been aggressively taking the necessary precautions to make sure that I had the least amount of contact with other people as humanly possible.
Like many others, I too have refrained from seeing my family, my friends, my coworkers, and pretty much everyone in my life who I typically encounter on a daily basis. And this been both mentally and emotionally taxing to do so…but, I did it anyways.
Because that was the right thing to do.
But, the thing that really gets me is this.
If myself and so many others out there have been doing the hard work to slow this virus down, then why hasn’t the rest of America on the same page?
It makes me question how seriously the majority of people out there are taking COVID-19. And the terrifying thing I’m realizing is that I might be in the minority of people who have been and still are taking it seriously.
So, it’s no surprise to see that if we’re not all in this together, then we’ll never get out of this together either.
To those of you who have not been taking this pandemic seriously, I just want to know why.
I want to know if people are aware that every move they make in fact has a ripple effect on the spread of this virus. And if people are aware of this, then is it pure apathy or ignorance that we’re not doing better to slow this virus down?
Either way, it’s something that’s of great concern towards the direction that this virus takes and the country as a whole.
As the saying goes, if you’re not part of the solution, then you’re part of the problem. I just wish more of us are willing to help.