I am not around as much as before because I have been working more than ever (a good thing) and have been busy...that is a synonym for being healthy and happy.
Life is good. Work is demanding and my over 1000 students and 19 classes keep me hopping.
But that has nothing to do with this post.
What are we up against? Really...what?
Well in the U.S right now you guys are about 2-3 weeks behind France in contamination of C19 and lockdown, and France is 2 full weeks behind Italy....we have already been confined and locked down for 2 full weeks plus 1 more work of pre-lockdown when all of the schools had already closed.
What is life like?
Well, for one, everything that we thought that we knew, we have now realized that we do not.
Italy has lost over 10 000 souls in a space of weeks. There is no longer any room in the church cemeteries, and they have had to create temporary hospitals and morgues. Their death toll is at capacity. Their hospitals and ICUs as well...they are overwhelmed.
For those of you who have heard or believe that it is only 'the old and the sick' that are dying, you are wrong.
50% of all deaths are under 60. That is most of us.
2 days ago, we had our first teenager pass away. She was healthy and 16 with no underlying pathology or weakness.
She had a tickle then a dry cough and finally respiratory arrest and all within 2 weeks...
Her sister took to Facebook for a whooping Rant about how no one told them that kids could get sick, that kids could die.
They thought that they were untouchable...immune because they were young. They were wrong.
We are seeing more and more teens and young adults in ICU. There are no more beds. There are no more respirators.
Doctors and health care workers, as well as first responders, are dropping like flies.
They are no longer 'choosing' who will live or die...they are now just turning the sick and dying away.
Or airlifting them to other hospitals or even countries (Germany and Switzerland)...until those countries turn us away because they no longer have any beds to offer us.
I am not a fearmonger. I am not paranoid. I am a realist.
I do not care if we are more or less immune, I do not care if we are supermen and women...we are human and that is enough for this virus to attack us.
It is alive and mutating. It is alive and totally insensitive to our opinions, beliefs or doubts.
It does not care if we are young or old. Loved or not. It will attack any host that it can find and it will not stop until it wins.
So do me a favour...do not help it. Do not facilitate it.
Stay in, stay home and stay safe.
There is no other way.