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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

My Thoughts on the Current Status of Covid 19

My thoughts on the current status of Covid 19.

These are my opinions.  If you're interested in what I have to say, keep reading. If you have a thoughtful response, post it. If you're only here to argue with me, move on.

First of all, everyone in my family appears to be unaffected, so that's good news for us.  I do have some friends who have been diagnosed with Covid 19.  At last report, they appear to be healing.  My prayers are with those who have the virus, and the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones.

We are dealing with a virus that, in its current form, has never been around before.  How do you handle it?  How do you keep it from spreading?  There are no easy answers, but everyone has an opinion.  Who should we listen to?  I prefer to listen to the person(s) who have a combination of the most experience in immunology, the best data available, knowledge of previous pandemics, and the ability and authority to set policies.  Are these policies they've come up with the right policies?  Who knows.  But nothing will work if people don't cooperate to give these policies a chance.  It's a previously-unknown virus, and policies will need to be adjusted as we learn more about the virus. People need to be patient.

For those who post random YouTube clips of  "experts" to back up their claims about why the quarantines should be ended, or if they even should have happened: We all want the quarantine to end and for social distancing rules to be relaxed.  But as I said, there are a lot of different factors to consider and the government leaders we currently have in place, along with medical experts that advise them, are the ones who evaluate all the data and set the policies.  Will they work?  I don't know.  Give them a chance.  Having said that, I pray that the government leaders we currently have in place are taking the advice of their advisors and making wise choices.

I have no patience for the people who are out protesting the policies, especially those who are making this about their "rights." What "rights" do they think they are losing?  We are in a crisis situation and the authorities are trying to resolve it.  Besides, it's not just the United States, this is affecting the entire world.  I don't want to hear your government conspiracy theories.

The folks carrying guns around at these demonstrations look like clowns.  I'm sorry; I'm a supporter of the 2nd amendment as it was intended by our forefathers, and I'm usually ambiguous in what I say about gun owners' rights.  But if you're at a social-distancing protest to show off your guns, not only do you look silly, but you're diminishing your own credibility regarding gun owners' rights.

More than anything else, I am bothered by the growing violence by some of those who are protesting the social distance rules.  There have been reports of enforcement personnel being pushed and shot.  There is NO reason to take it out on these people; they are doing the job that was assigned to them.

Kudos to the front line workers.  It shows who are the true "essential" people are in our society and they should be paid accordingly.  I could go on and on about people who make millions in other lines of work, but I'm sure you get my drift.

Stay healthy, stay safe, and thank you for reading this.