What Do We Do Now?

The pandemic is supposed to be past its peak. At least that is what the news reports. However, the next line in many of those same stories point to the grave possibility of a second, third, maybe fourth wave. To make the sting even worse, people gesticulate for our attention to tell us of the chilling thought that the second wave could be much more deadly. Others don’t believe there will be another wave, while those die-hards think the pandemic is fake.

Who to believe?

It doesn’t matter, because either it happens or not. If it returns, will it be like the second wave of the Spanish flu? That one kicked the planet’s ass. They still don’t have a reliable tally of the people that died in the second wave, but they do know way more people died in it than the first. Another possibility has COVID 19 fizzling out with little or no fanfare. I think the fizzle thing is not very likely.

So, what do the possibilities say for the potential of reopening the economy? It doesn’t give warm fuzzies to me. How about you?

There is also a considerable amount of conspiracy buffs that claim much ado about nothing, and what is happening is a ploy to steal our rights. These observations may be right; some of our freedoms have dribbled away, which is a significant cause for concern. However, if the conspiracy theory is correct, it is much bigger than taking US citizens rights away, it is more a worldwide effort. Spain, Italy, and almost any country imaginable has also had their “rights” softened to beat the pandemic. So, who would do that? Who could do that?

There is no doubt that life has changed. We would be lying to ourselves if we didn’t admit that. But humans have gone through this kind of crap before. Like everything else, pandemics go in cycles. They visit every so often and run their course.

Now the COVID 19 is here raising hell, and it appears this pandemic may be around at least until everyone gets it. The question I have in that regard is, what do the COVID 19 anti-bodies do? They test for them to see if a person has had it, but what good is that? Is that the only use it has? They theorize immunity doesn’t automatically happen, so … That means you can get it, and then after you survive, you can acquire it again. Does that mean it will go on until huge populations succumb?

While I’m thinking about it, I have seen several accountings of how many other human activities have higher death rates, and on the bottom of each list is COVID 19, with only xxx deaths. Even the flu makes an appearance on the records with a much more significant death toll than this current pandemic. While I haven’t the time to research those other activities, I do know this — COVID 19 is much more contagious than many of those diseases, positively more contagious than the flu. 

My thought on this is: even the black death had a much lower death toll in the beginning. It just changed as the thing progressed. Please think that through. I’m sure several people didn’t think that was serious at first, but it happened.

I live in a small town. In that town, there is a widespread belief that we will not have to deal with the deadly end of the disease. Presumably, it only attacks large cities. I can’t figure out how in all the different layers of hell, a virus is supposed to do a quick census to know where to infect next. Anyway, there is a lazy attitude toward the whole damn thing here.

My wife was in a nationwide construction supply business in town the other day (we don’t have a Home Depot here), and there was an employee who ridiculed her for taking precautions. This business has already had at least one person infected, and they didn’t find out until symptoms showed. That means they could’ve both had and transmitted it to customers for two weeks.

To all those that don’t want to wear a mask to frequent a business. Is it that hard? Precisely what right, and how infringed? They demand you to wear shirts and shoes, don’t they? Does that infringe on your rights? I haven’t noticed any protests because they can’t shop around town in the nude. What the hell is everyone thinking? My rights end where yours begin. The other way around is also correct. Don’t, or can’t, follow a few rules for the greater good? 

I don’t understand why it is hard for people to grow up and follow a few simple rules. Is it because most people think it will never happen to them? Maybe they think the disease won’t affect them. 

Again, you don’t think it will happen to you, but how about your kids?

I know they initially said kids weren’t in danger from it. How shortsighted can you be? It is well within the possibility that children can be affected down the line. Just so you are aware of it. It is already happening. Also, do you think something won’t come and lay waste to you and yours in days, maybe weeks or months down the line?

As far as not affecting, I have read a couple of articles addressing the thought that although children don’t have a horrid time with COVID 19, several diseases come haunting children once they have had the virus, Kawasaki disease is one of them. I guess it works like taking aspirin in youth can raise the ante for Reye’s Syndrome, or Strep throat can lead to Rheumatic fever. We know some diseases and syndromes result after first having a viral attack of something else.

I wonder how long people will take a lazy approach when children start succumbing to related diseases?

Is it that hard for you to follow a few social distancing rules? We are on the verge of another enormous economic collapse, and the politicians all want to stay home where it is safe. Doesn’t that tell everyone what is truly happening?

I know it is a tall order, but is it too hard for everyone to grow up and work together


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