So, this is it then, we are going to die!
Updated: Mar 30, 2020
This clear, but very erroneous statement comes from one of my favorite BBC tv series called, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy written by Douglas Adams. If you’re not as old as me you are probably thinking of the 2005 movie of the same name. It’s similar, same writer, but a little harder to follow. Both are based on his books.
Now back to the statement. The premise is that all chances of getting out of an inevitable situation, thrown out into space and dying several seconds later, are averted when Arthur and Ford Prefect are picked up by another space craft. Impossible, yes but no.
We are all aware that COVID-19 is currently mankind’s biggest challenge. Although not an extinction level event, it is going to reshape the world and the way we live our lives in the future. The closest world-wide pandemic threat to this one was probably the post-war Spanish Flu back in 1918. It was spread by the soldiers returning from war to all parts of the world. In short, it infected around 500 million people and caused the death of an estimated 20 to 50 million of them.
Luckily it’s not 1918. We have historical knowledge to draw upon. As such; we can react early with social distancing, closing borders and hand and surface cleanliness to reduce the spread through contamination and contact. But they did practice these things back in 1918 and we know how that turned out.
The most important thing is to slow the spread of COVID-19 so that our medical infrastructure can keep up. If our hospitals, doctors and other medical professionals become overwhelmed then the death rate will soar out of control. It appears that in our normal public socialization practices the number of new infections seems to double about every 3 days. To give this perspective take one infected person moving around in our community today. Then in one week there are about 5 infected people. Not so bad you say. Well in one month this goes up to 5,000 cases. In two months there will be 500,000 cases. You don’t want to know after 3 months.
That’s if we do nothing to alter our socialization behaviors. This is why it is so important to reduce all contact with others to absolute necessity only (food, medical treatment etc.). When we do come into contact with others, social distancing is a must. The only way to combat the spread of COVID-19 is for EVERY-ONE to do the right thing. Stop being self-centered, motivated only by your own individual needs and wants. Remember it’s your neighbors, friend, family and most importantly, those other people in the community that you don’t even know - they’re the ones that are going to keep YOU safe so we can all make it through this 2020 war for survival.
Who would want to be Australian Prime Minister or State Premier in these trying times? I’m sure they never thought they signed up for this.
Yes. They are making these necessary but devastating economic decisions to save as many people as possible.
Yes. You may have lost your job. You know it’s the last thing your boss ever wanted to do, but everything has got to be closed down.
Yes. I would like to get a little toilet paper too. Shame on those of you that think so selfishly.
Should you be afraid? You ask.
NO. What you need to be is “Smart”. Understand your roll in this war and work together to minimize the spread.
Whether we get through this or not, is not just up to you, but is also in the hands of those people around us.
We all have to do this together to survive the pandemic.
Be diligent. Stay focused on the goal. Stay safe.