Y’all, in between doing the laundry and my chores this weekend, I read everything I could about the coronavirus. I read screeds from politicians and pundits, thoughtful pieces from philosophers, and opinion pieces from people whose judgment I respect. I didn’t listen to the news, however, deliberately. I’ve come to disbelieve almost anything the news media promulgates.
I consider myself a semi-intelligent person. I weigh the evidence, I listen to opinions other than those I espouse, I consider everything with somber deliberation.
So, my opinion on the coronavirus and its impact on the US?
I haven’t the slightest idea.
I’ve honestly read/heard everything from: “this is no more deadly than the flu,” to “this is serious stuff and we’d better buckle up for a nasty ride.”
Some people believe that – in a matter of weeks – we’re going to replicate what Italy’s currently experiencing. I’m not sure I accept that theory because Italy is basically a socialist country with borders that have been deliberately porous for some time. Also, they have a very close relationship with China, who has recently purchased a significant number of Italian companies. Other people think that the US has made enough inroads that the virus won’t be as serious here.
I don’t think anybody knows.
We’re dealing with what’s happening now and trying to guess what might happen in the future. Nobody can predict the future.
One good thing is that we’re heading into spring and summer and viruses don’t, traditionally, do well during the warmer months.
Here’s what I’m going to do:
- Read everything I can to continue to educate myself about the virus. (I’m in one of the groups most impacted by the virus.)
- Stay home. (Which I would do anyway, honestly.)
- Stay positive.
- Take extra Vitamin C (it’s a water soluble vitamin, so taking extra won’t hurt you).
- Continue to take my Vitamin D3.
- Re-schedule my doctor’s appointment for next month.
- Make sure I eat enough foods containing magnesium and zinc. (Minerals that are helpful in boosting your immunity.)
- Have everything delivered. (I do anyway. I hate shopping.)
- Wash my hands often to the tune of Happy Birthday. (It lasts about 20 seconds which is how long you should wash. Stanley thinks I’m nuts, but then he thinks that often.)
- Stay positive. (I know I said that, but I believe a positive mindset is a great asset.)
- Finish the book. 🙂
What are your plans?