Corona Virus: Common Sense

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I do not take the needless deaths of anyone lightly. People have died from the Coronavirus or COVID-19. Having said that, there are some behaviors that are occurring that are truly bazaar, and some basic common sense that is not common practice, and some emails asking me about this entire mess, and I feel compelled to respond. Here it is.

I was at Sam’s  Club last weekend when I first realized how stupid this entire mess has become. There were people running through the store like it was Black Friday. Some people had five or more cases of bottled water on a flatbed cart as they ran to grab toilet paper. I saw one idiot threaten the life of another idiot over a package of paper towels.

People are stupid sometimes.

There was s much wrong that I left without buying anything.

After an online search at home, I found the items that I needed at Target. So I went there and was able to purchase the things I needed in a much calmer environment. The shelves of some aisles were empty. But the people were emptying the wrong shelves.

So, here we are. The entire economy is completely tanking. Stores are running out of basic essentials. People are threatening other people over nonsense. This is a test run of a societal breakdown.

I have, for some time, told people to keep toilet paper on hand ahead of immediate need. It is a simple procedure; when you need to purchase some, buy two. when you get down to one, buy another two. From that point, buy more whenever you only have two left. I am talking about purchases from the big box stores If you do this, you are ahead of the game.

Now, when it comes to water, a virus is different from a hurricane. Write that down, it’s important.

With this virus, the more hotheaded among us are advising quarantine on a mass scale. But a rational mind would be able to see that, even in the event of a mandatory quarantine of 320,000,000 people, the government isn’t going to turn off your water. So hoarding of bottles water…unnecessary. And while we are at it, the bread aisle was empty, but the beef jerky aisle was fully stocked. Again, dumb. The jerky will not spoil as fast, and it is nutrient and calory dense.

Also, did you notice the government telling us that we are our own first line of self-defense? I caught that right away. It should be a no-brainer that in a Country with 320,000,000 people that the government can’t protect us all, that we need to do that for ourselves, but some people don’t seem to get it. Buy a gun and ammunition. You have an example in front of you of how fast things can go sideways. Use that God-given brain.

Here is a copy and paste from the Centers for Disease Control website this morning:

  • Total cases: 3,487
  • Total deaths: 68
  • Jurisdictions reporting cases: 53 (49 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and US Virgin Islands)

* Data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested at CDC since January 21, 2020, with the exception of testing results for persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China, and Japan. State and local public health departments are now testing and publicly reporting their cases. In the event of a discrepancy between CDC cases and cases reported by state and local public health officials, data reported by states should be considered the most up to date.

Compared to the flu:

CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 36 million flu illnesses, 370,000 hospitalizations and 22,000 deaths from flu.

You do need to ask, why shut down entire cities for one, but not the other more deadly virus? I have a suspicion, but no facts to back it up so I will leave you to your own research on that.

And in closing, I will add only this. Treat this like is a flu season. Hand washing, don’t cough on people, don’t let people cough on you. Don’t lick doorknobs. Standard flu season protocol. This will pass. Stay safe my friends. Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.