A rare weekend post from EssaySnark with some advice which you hopefully don’t need to hear, because you’re already living this way. But we know that many people are not yet living this way. And it’s truly important that everyone start living this way.
Your goal in the game is to not contract the virus.
And everyone you know and each person you meet probably has it.
The person who stays virus-free the longest wins.
The goal is to not get the virus.
What if you lived your life this way, every day, for the foreseeable future?
What if you made a game of it?
There is a myth out there that young people can’t get it, or if they get it, it’s not that bad, and they’re not really at risk. It’s just like having the flu, and they’ll recover, and everything is fine.
That is NOT TRUE.
There are young people who are experiencing respiratory distress and having to be hospitalized because of this disease.
Young people are not immune.
You are not invincible.
The other logical fallacy going around is, “Well, we’re all going to get it, so it does not matter if I get the virus or not. I’m going to get it eventually. May as well get it early and have it be done with.”
This is FLAWED REASONING.
That’s because the healthcare system is getting overwhelmed.
Or maybe you live in a part of the world where it has not hit yet.
IT IS COMING TO YOUR COUNTRY SOON, and it will be in your neighborhood.
There are people in remote parts of the U.S. who are in denial, who think that because they live in a small town, that they’re going to be able to escape this thing. That is false. This is going to hit everywhere. It’s just a matter of time.
The one strategy that we have in our favor is to slow the spread.
Doing this successfully is up to each and every one of us.
It’s very likely that you don’t currently know anyone who is sick.
But within A DAY OR SO, that is going to change. Someone in your social circle — or maybe someone in your family — is going to come down with flu-like symptoms. A high fever. A killer headache. Body aches and pains. A cough. Possibly difficulty breathing.
This person probably won’t be able to get tested, since the testing facilities are still not accessible as they should have been weeks ago. And, many medical professionals are now (finally) publicly saying that it doesn’t matter if you get tested or not. We heard many experts saying this quietly over two weeks ago but it wasn’t being broadcast broadly, and now finally it is. Testing was really important at the beginning, when there was a chance to contain things. Now it totally does not matter if people get tested or not. If someone thinks they have it, they probably do, and being tested does not impact the treatment options.
Maybe you don’t know anyone with it today, but very soon, you will.
And maybe that “someone” is you.
So what if you think you’ve had it, or have it?
Then the game becomes:
There’s a common belief once someone gets the virus that it doesn’t matter anymore — that since we’re all going to get it eventually, that screw it, I survived it, I’m immune now, I’m just going to go out in public and try to live a normal life, and eff it, who cares who I come into contact with now.
This reasoning is terribly wrong.
If you’ve had it — or you suspect you’ve had it — THEN IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT OTHERS FROM GETTING IT.
You need to self-isolate, for much much longer than the authorities are saying. Two weeks is not enough. There is not enough data yet for anyone to know for sure how long an infected person can transmit the virus or at what point post-fever they are “safe” again.
Please do the right thing. If you believe you’ve had it, DO NOT GO OUT IN PUBLIC AT ALL.
If you have to do so, in order to buy essentials, then WEAR A MASK. Masks are much, much more important for INFECTED PEOPLE to wear rather than healthy people (unless you’re a healthcare provider, and then you obviously need to wear a mask).
If you believe you have it or had it, please quarantine yourself for at least a month, or honestly even longer would be best. This is to protect everyone else. (source: viral shedding up to 37 days in one study )
Yes it sucks. You’re going to be bored out of your mind.
Yes it sucks. You likely feel guilty about it, or maybe even shame.
Yes it sucks. At the time when you want to connect with others in order to reduce feelings of anxiety, you have to cut yourself off from them.
But it’s the right thing to do.
We’re all in this together. And yet each one of us individually has a direct impact on how this unfolds.
Truly, what you do today matters.
Please stay safe, and sane, and sanitized.
We’ll be posting more about how to survive this crazy time in the days ahead. Thank you for being part of this snarky community, and for caring. That’s how we’re going to make it through.