Are we satisfied with the actions of our leaders that we feel we don’t need to try harder to contain the virus?
Sadly, the opportunity to prepare for and stop the spread of the virus came and went months ago. The world watched as China’s nurses and doctor’s pleaded for their lives and the lives of their colleagues. We watched as they were building hospitals in ten days and dragging people out of their apartments who were infectious. Once the first case was diagnosed in Washington, the USA’S complacent reaction was an indication of things to come.
Complacency said this is no worse than the flu.
Complacency says I’m still going shopping.
The complacent are disregarding the highly contagious nature of the virus.
Being complacent has put a horrible strain on our medical system. It is causing our doctors and nurses to sleep in RV’S in their driveways. It has caused the death of nearly 7,000 people in the USA; 16 of those deaths by March 29 and more than doubling to 38 by April 3 in Oklahoma.
Complacency has led to women making masks for health care professionals as quickly as they can. They are being mailed and given to doctors and nurses across the USA because they don’t have enough PPE.
“Heroes Work Here” signs are being seen at hospitals.
Complacency has led to loved ones dying alone in hospitals. Supermarket shelves being emptied. People losing their jobs. School closings.
People losing millions from plunging share prices.
Please don’t let complacency continue to burden our health care system, our livelihood, and the health and welfare of our friends and family.
I have a suitcase sitting in my living room reminding me not to become complacent. I walk around it everyday, not that I need a reminder that my son’s health and that of so many of our medical professionals and first responders are in jeopardy. I think of that everyday.
It reminds me to think forward and to remind people to disinfect their front door handles, washing machine/dryer handles, glasses, etc. It reminds me to be prayerful. It reminds me that I have to return to Beijing to fulfill my employment contract, and it reminds me that I need to live life to its fullest inside my home!
The suitcase is packed and ready for a 14 day Chinese quarantine at a government facility upon return to Beijing. It is filled with Clorox Wipes, a roll of TP, snacks, just add water soups, bowl, spoon, etc. ( I’ve seen pictures of the food other teachers have been served in quarantine upon their arrival) I still need to add sheets, a pillow, towel, and flip-flops so I won’t have to touch anything, wherever it is they decide to quarantine us.
What I don’t understand about some people’s complacent actions is why is all the toilet paper gone? If people are happy with the lack of enforced lockdowns and continue to go on as normal, why are beer and potato chips selling out and being restocked as if we could never find them in the stores again? Some must not be that convinced.
Complacency is not going to stop the spread of the virus or its economic impact.
Staying home is going to help, but the spread is quite significant now.
Be vigilant in your actions so we can enjoy our family and friends sooner, than later… and we won’t be subjected to binge watching Tiger King!