We went from “thank God it’s almost spring, to it’s the end of times”, real quick y’all. Real. Quick. Back in December of 2019, just a few short months ago, we were getting word that there was a new stain of flu popping up in China. Caronavirus. I don’t feel it necessary to review the timeline of how we got to this point. Because, frankly, if you don’t know how covid-19 started by now, you’re living under a rock and I cannot help you.
What I can tell you is that we’re not dealing with just a normal case of the flu here people. We’re dealing with something we can’t control or cure, shortages of everything you can think of and mass panic. Everyone has had or will have a cold in their lifetime. Is part of our existence and there isn’t anything we can do to prevent them. We are all lucky enough that we live in a day and age where treatment, medicines, doctors and science are readily available at our fingertips. Most colds we become ill with, our bodies have already built an immunity to fight off.
We have a cure to almost everything these days, unlike our predecessors, and we know that sanitation plays a huge part in our overall success of remaining healthy. We’re able to take medicines, get vaccinations, get checkups and have access to all kinds of necessities that maintain our overall health anywhere in the world. If you want an example of when we did not have functioning health systems in place, just look at the Black Plague.
But this “flu” seems to be different. Something feels off. Not right.
I’ve been reading everything I can get my hands on about this virus. Any article that pops across my news feeds. Some written from people like me, doctors, politicians, parents, teachers, single guys, teen girls, media outlets, etc. Why? Because I need to get a handle on everyone’s points of views. Collect data for my brain to process any information necessary that will inform me to better prepare myself. I need to gauge where the masses stand. I need to see if we’re on the brink of disaster like some say or if this isn’t that big of a deal like others say.
Unfortunately, I think disaster is imminent.
Remember, a few months back when I published my 101 life lessons? One of my rules is to always have 2 ways out of any situation. Be that situation a relationship, work or a something like what we’re facing now. I’m extra worried this time around guys. More so than when H1N1 was declared an emergency back in 2007.
Why am I worried now?
Point blank... because I’m a mom now. I have littles to keep alive, safe, loved, cared for & fed. I have a family that means everything to me. A mother, father, sisters, brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents that I worry about constantly. When you become a parent, your whole identity changes. Your life changes. Your ability to love, reason, rationalize, compartmentalize, negotiate and fight all change. Instantly. It’s a very primal feeling.
I remember the nurse handing me my first child. After months of waiting and wondering, I finally got to meet my baby and experience what everyone always talked about. That “when you're a parent” feeling moms and dads always used to justify why their emotions are as strong as they are. When they handed her to me and I looked at her face, I knew in that exact moment my world didn’t belong to me anymore. It belonged to someone else, someone so precious and perfect. Someone I needed to need to protect, always and forever.
No. Matter. What. The. Cost.
It is an overwhelming feeling that NEVER goes away. It only intensifies as they get older and gain more independence from you. Now let’s add more kids in to the mix. That overwhelming feeling I just described is now debilitating. Parents tell me if I’m wrong here, but your main job in life is to take care of your tiny humans. Ask any mom or dad why they are on this earth and they will most likely tell you something to do with their kids. That’s just how it is. So, yeah. This whole situation scares the hell out of me.
From what I understand after researching this virus, searching through notable Doctor opinion based articles, is that this strain of coronavirus dubbed covid-19 is brand new virus to humanity. It came from a bat. Typically, that is where these things start, animals. It comes on just like a regular cold, mimics it almost perfectly and can turn deadly overnight.
It is transmitted via two ways. Through personal contact and close airborne transmission. I’ll note that some are reporting now that it could be Aerosol transmission. Meaning that it might travel across far greater distances than just being in the same room as someone infected.
But why is it so scary?
Because prior to this incident starting, no one has ever been exposed to covid-19 before. We have no vaccine for it and no natural immunity to it, which means we can’t do anything about it. It’s killing people. Yes, the typical flu kills people, but not at this rate. Our hospitals do not have the capacity to treat all Americans at once. What happens when our health care workers get sick? For every one person infected, they say that person can infect 3 more people.
If each of those people were to repeat that pattern and infect three more and we continue down that path, for lord knows how long we are now looking at millions of Americans being sick at once. Let’s say, based on regular flu numbers and percentages of deaths we have from past flu’s, we would then see hundreds of thousands of People perish over this one strain. At a faster rate than we ever expected. That is horrifying. And that’s the exact future I see playing out for us.
Our elderly and people with immunity problems would go first because they are at the highest risk. We would lose our families, friends, neighbors and children to something we cannot control because this got so out of hand. Just by watching the way everyone pillaged the grocery stores for toilet paper, hand sanitizer and anything else that they thought they might need to hoard in case of an emergency, scares me. I’m terrified of what they will all do when it really gets worse. Our country is not at a point of millions infected. But we could be if we don’t follow the precautionary measures we have been given by the CDC and government. At the current rate of transmission, I’m predicting up to 200k and then some dying. Not just infected, but actually dying.
We’re in a state of emergency for a reason. We, as American people, want our freedom. We’re used to going where we want, when we want, and doing what we want to, all the time. Limiting our social exposer and canceling major functions we look forward to sucks. There isn’t an American person I know that likes to be told no, or don’t do that. But I think for our safety folks, it’s just going to be a pill we swallow for now. We’re still a free people. We still have rights. They have taken nothing from us. We just need to look collectively at the health of our loved ones and make it a priority. Take the extra steps to sanitize and do what’s necessary to prove that the spread of this disease. We will find approved treatments, and we will fight this.
But until then we need to be on high alert. The last thing I want is for my children to grow up without their Grandma because some jerk, who has been infected but didn’t take it seriously, coughed on the ATM and thought it was no big deal. I don’t want to watch my daughter, who has immunodeficiency problems, choke on her own spit with pneumonia, because we didn’t follow the protocol that we could have to keep her safe. So cancel your vacation Sally and tell Bobby he can’t go to the Concert. Stay in your community and support your small businesses instead of traveling out of town.
Live your life, but limit it for now. Stay home! Wash your hands constantly and sanitize everything. This will die down if we can do those things. Unfortunately, whether you believe it, this is a serious situation.
Just look at China or Italy and tell me it’s not.
By: Kalyn Weller Goode Owner & Master Stylist at Scissors & Shears Salon LLC, located in Excelsior Springs, MO.