For the first time in a while we found ourselves all in the same situation. The thing about a pandemic like the novel coronavirus is that it doesn’t discriminate. Whoever you are, wherever you live, we’re equally vulnerable, at least in principle. While some of us may fare better because of our age or health, the microbes themselves are impartial. Among other things, it means we’re all in the same boat, for better or worse.
But the crisis we’re facing now, a rapidly spreading pandemic, is a global issue destined to teach us to cooperate in order to put an end to this tragedy. No one can deal with this threat in a vacuum. Sure, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your family, but your best efforts are less likely to matter if your neighbors, family and community, don’t do their part.
Even if you’re young and healthy, you’ll become a vector for spreading the disease to others if you’re not mindful about what you do or where you go. And if you don’t modify your behaviors and needlessly get sick, you’ll increase the pressure on an already overtaxed health care system and jeopardize the care of someone else who might need it more than you.
The World Health Organization recommended these basic steps that can help you reduce your risk of getting sick or infecting others.
Here’s what you can do:
- Stay home if you can.
- Wash your hands. With soap. Then wash them again.
- Stay informed.
- With children, keep calm, carry on and get the flu shot.
- Don’t stockpile masks.
- But do stock up on groceries, medicine and resources.
By following these recommendation we can flatten the epidemic curve. As doing so will literally save lives.
Lets together take moral responsibility and help ourselves, our loved ones and our community. Stay home these coming days and don’t go out if not needed.