Coronavirus: Do Your Part, Take Action Now
Updated: Mar 19, 2020
Snapshot / March 14th - 150,000 confirmed cases
Snapshot UPDATED / March 19th - 242,000 confirmed cases
If you're like me, you underestimated the coronavirus.
You heard the term 'pandemic' and thought, that doesn't apply to me, my family, or the place I live.
You may have read news stories of people dying, hospitals being overrun, and entire cities being shut down, and still you thought, that's scary, but it won't happen here, NOT to me.
If you thought any of those things, then you were wrong, just like me.
The coronavirus is currently in 143 countries or regions and counting.
The coronavirus is coming. And it's coming fast.
In fact it's doubling in just days in most places around the world. This means we each must prepare for what's coming next, because if you get it, there is no immunity from it, and new reports suggest there are long term health complication, like reduce lung capacity or reduced lung function.
Let's talk about how quickly it's spreading first.
Rate of doubling of Covid-19 virus globally. If you live in Canada like me, the rate of doubling is 4 days.
The concerning part about the doubling? There's a very good chance those numbers are drastically under reported. See article by Tomas Pueyo below.
What can I do to help? How do I help stop the spread?
If you are in a position of power, a leader, or influencer read this great article by Tomas Pueyo on Why You Must Act Now. This covers the potential rate of doubling, and what leaders can do now.
Those in power, be it in government, business, schools or leaders of communities, take the time now, if you haven't yet, to educate yourselves on what steps you should take and recommend to others.
For instance, washing our hands in the office, or at major public gatherings is not enough. Look to cities that are badly infected and at the actions they SHOULD have taken earlier to stop the spread.
Leaders can ask their teams, employees, colleagues:
To promote social distancing, remote office work, and reduced face to face meetings for now to help reduce the speed of infection rates.
To stock up on essentials but not hoard, or attempt to profit from the situation. i.e. purchasing toilet paper or disinfectant wipes and reselling on amazon or Costco parking lots is not cool.
This does not mean, unless you are sick, to self-quarantine. Instead, this means being a little bit cautious and responsible with who we're seeing, and why.
To enjoy mother nature more. COVID-19 is not contracted in parks. Go for a stroll through mother nature if you can.
If you have a presumptive case of COVID-19 check the guidelines for the area you live in. There are information lines and official medical and government sources to on what to do next.
If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 tell those around you. Tell health officials. Tell those you work with. Tell those you might have visited before symptoms began.
The fact is no one really knows what is about to happen next. We don't know if, like the seasonal flu, this will go away, or if it will just continue to spread. We don't know how long it will last.
But we can help prevent a spike in cases that overruns our hospitals and creates similar situations we've seen in China, Italy, Iran, or South Korea.
Are you under the age of 60?
If you're young, or middle age, COVID-19 may just feel like a cold or flu. And that's the problem. If you love your grandparents, or aging parents, you have an important role to play too. Your actions can help stop the spread of this virus.
COVID-19 is killing the elderly at an alarming rate. If you're older, over 60, then the numbers become very concerning. If you are 70 or 80+ then this virus for you is downright dangerous. According to the World Health Organization:
"Individuals at highest risk for severe disease and death include people aged over 60 years and those with underlying conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease and cancer."