Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Why Americans Should Be Concerned by Not Panicked about COVID-19

Staff Writer, DL Mullan 
COVID-19 / Lockdown

Most people will only have a mild case of this strain of coronavirus, however a significant portion of the population will need the assistance of the medical system. 

Let's track some general numbers: 

There are 320,000,000 Americans
80% Mild Symptoms - needs no hospital care
20% Acute Symptoms - needs medical and/or hospital care

20% of 320,000,000 Americans = 64,000,000 who potentially will need a hospital bed. 

The United States currently has Total Staffed Beds in ALL US Hospitals: 924,107.

Do you understand the problem now? 

It is not alarmist to point out the flaws in the system and try to navigate a potential crisis before the problem gets out of control. Italy lost control. Even in a modern country, COVID-19 can collapse your healthcare system in 100 days if left unchecked. 

Then people with emergencies like car accidents, heart attacks, and strokes will be left without care. Healthcare providers will be sick. The morbidity rate will go from 1% to 15% in a matter of weeks.

So it is vitally important to limit your activities as well as your contact with the illness. Some simple guidelines to follow:
  • Stay out of the public
  • Wash your hands with soap, not sanitizer
  • Don't pick your nose
  • Don't bite your nails
  • Don't rub your eyes
To the locusts of hoarders in grocery and big box stores, YOU are contracting and spreading the illness you are so afraid of. Stop going out into public and order online. You are the problem in this scenario. 

You do not need that much stock. If you have not properly stocked up for a family emergency, then you are already too late to help you and your family. You are already dead. You should have thought ahead a long time ago.

Harsh words, but necessary ones. 

Panic hoarders are complicating and progressing the disease outbreak and putting others at risk.

We will end up spending more time in self-quarantine the more people are out and about trying to control the uncontrollable. The only thing you can control is yourself. 

It is about time Americans across the board began acting like mature adults.

Unless of course, you would like to have no choices at all and be under Martial Law?  Because that is where America is headed if people don't reconsider their actions.  

Like talk show hosts who should be role models for their generation instead of having temper tantrums on air. Get over yourself. Be a man. 

Men take responsibility and shelter in place when asked.

Sources: AHA