I am not very fearful of getting COVID19. Chances are, even though I do have breathing issues and am UNINSURED (that’s the only thing that makes me unnerved about my own health), I have a pretty great chance of surviving it.
What I am TERRIFIED OF is contracting COVID19 and causing someone else’s death via my transmission. It is growing towards exponential spread, if it isn’t there already, so the chances of me giving it to someone, who will then give it to someone who doesn’t survive, is very plausible. It takes 2-14 days for symptoms to show up. 2-14 days!!! Two weeks is a long time to be non-symptomatically infected. This is a large part of the problem, COVID19 is being transmitted by people who didn’t know they are infected. You can feel fine in this moment, and be spreading it. This is why I believe it’s really important right now for us to limit as much human contact as possible.
I am saddened and scared thinking about the deep suffering that the world is currently experiencing. I am saddened and scared thinking about the deep suffering we in America are about to endure. Now is the time to care for one another.
So please, stay in, even if you feel fine. Do what you can to limit human contact. At least until there is more information and direction on how we should act to keep our country safe and healthy. Stay in, if not for your own health, for someone else’s sweet grandparent/parent/sister/son/brother/daughter/friend. By staying in, you are serving the greater good, you are serving something greater than yourself. That, my friend, is truly an act of love and a repulsion of fear.
May you be well.