Social Distancing: Can We Punish?
Social distancing is so important in the fight against COVID-19. Anxiety grows with each day and how every person reacts to it. Knowing this virus is coming, is here and lurking inside so many people spreading so many germs is like a movie. My family has been basically quarantining ourselves for several days. My husband works from home, my teaching job has now morphed into home schooling and I’m still trying to balance my migraine advocacy all from home. We haven’t seen anyone.
Can we punish those not social distancing?
When I ask this question I’m not talking about those still working and taking all preventable measures. I’m talking about millennial’s partying in Florida. I’m talking about those people still getting on planes not going home. Therefore, I’m talking about the people who think it’s blown up by the media and God forbid not missing their traditional St. Patty’s day beer at a bar.
3 Major Problems When Facing Social Distancing
First, Americans love to complain about politics and blame media and others for it’s problems. My simple question is what are YOU doing? The fact that people are making such poor choices for society is our problem. We have teens and young adults acting like they aren’t effected and not concerned that they are walking around infecting society. Why aren’t their parents stopping them if they aren’t mature enough to make a decision to help the world? Stop bitching about the president and waiting for him to tell us something we believe. DO something and be the American we want you to be. Protect each other, love each other and for now stay away from each other. STAY HOME you are infecting everyone!
Second, all the states aren’t on the same page. I live in a state that has been praised with early shutdown and I feel he is helping us all. If he would’t have shut down schools and businesses, we would all still be walking around. Until someone tells you to stop going to your job, we go. Thank you for permission to take care of ourselves and others. Why haven’t the rest of the states done so? If we all lock down and start the process now, hundreds of lives can be saved. Why are people waiting? It wasn’t in West Virginia? Did anyone really believe that? Well it’s here today so quarantine the U.S. fully. Let’s do this now! Why torture us? The citizens are too self absorbed to understand and we have leaders for a reason. Lead us to safety!
Third, our hospitals can’t handle this! I was in a group chat yesterday and one of the members asked a member who lives in the red zone in Spain if this thing is really real. Her answer was bone chilling. She told her how dire it is and how the hospital she is by is better than almost all in world. She asked the woman to not pray for her but the United States because everyone around the world is waiting for this virus to overwhelm us all. They are warning us and it’s not the media, it’s the people!
How the Virus Effects Us
As a child, I was told that I’m “allergic to virus’.” After discussing this with several doctors over the years, it has been better explained to me that my body highly over reacts to virus’ and stimulus in general. Hence the crazy migraines and intense side effects I get. When I got chicken pox as a child my sister got it at the same time. I had a case that covered every inch of my body. My sister had like 5.
Those of you saying that the flu kills and it’s nothing more than that, you are wrong. Last year, when I got the flu, my husband and a police man dragged my near lifeless body into the Emergency Room. If I was not able to get medical attention, I’m not sure how I would have recovered on my own. COVID-19 sufferers won’t all get treatment. I already had a respect for the flu, you don’t need to tell me the flu is dangerous. (And yes I get the flu shot and wash my hands diligently as a teacher.)
The fact haunts me that if I get Corona virus, I fear I will die. I have a 7 and 9 year old and I’m afraid that if I go to the store to get us milk, it may end my life. I also sit here texting my parents every second to make sure they aren’t leaving. Why isn’t everyone else scared?
Why Social Distancing is Important?
Can we somehow track those taking our lives as a joke and punish them? For example, if you chose to go on Spring Break and congregate on the beach and bars like I saw, can you stay there and be locked in your hotel room indefinitely because I don’t want you back in Ohio. We’ve all seen those young people posting on social media that it’s not that scary and they aren’t stopping their ways. Can we somehow track them and expect that they are waving their rights to medical attention when needed?
Italy has gotten to the point that they are choosing who lives and dies because they don’t have enough respirators or care. Choosing lives will happen in the U.S. next. I think the one’s not social distancing should be on a list for no treatment. If there is a choice between a woman 65 and a 30 year old man who hasn’t distanced, the doctor should weigh the fact that he put himself at risk and made those choices. Why should doctors be choosing from a grandparent and loved mother who is susceptible and a reckless 30 year old who chose to infect others? I’m not implying the death penalty and my point is to made for impact not suggestion. I’m just SUPER frustrated and I feel for these doctors and nurses. None of this makes sense.
And the sad fact is, many of those putting us at risk will most likely fight it off and just kill others. In my opinion, they should be responsible for those lives! There will be many that say, we distanced and see “nothing happened”. And there will be many that “just didn’t realize how bad it was going to be.” DO YOUR PART AND FLATTEN THE CURVE NOW!
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Today is March 18, 2020. Read this tomorrow and everything will change!
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