It’s Not Just The Mask

Consider the following scenarios that were recently printed in our local newspaper related to the spread of COVID-19:

  1. Going to work when sick.
  2. Not wearing face masks or not wearing them correctly.
  3. Traveling to COVID-19 hot spots and bringing back the virus.
  4. Sending children to school sick.
  5. Attending large holiday parties where unmasked people engage in close contact activities like dancing, singing, and sharing food.
  6. Gathering for in-person birthday parties with guests from other households.
  7. Attending large prayer group sessions without following social distancing and masking guidelines.
  8. Visiting grocery stores or other areas without practicing social distancing and wearing masks.
  9. Joining poker games where people sit too close to each other.
  10. Huddling too close together at bars to watch football games.

THINK PEOPLE!
These are clear examples of how this virus continues to spread.

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Recently, we considered ordering a to-go dinner from a local restaurant, but decided against it when we considered point #1. How many food handlers are working because they need the money, yet they know they are experiencing symptoms? Or how many cooks temporarily remove their masks because they’re uncomfortable to wear in a hot kitchen?

And how many of us have seen individuals wearing masks that covered only their mouth (#2)?

And those get-togethers (#5, #6, #7, #9)? Uncomfortable as it may be, we simply must take precautions — even when it’s family, church members, and/or close friends.

And game-watching at a bar? IMO, bars should never have been opened. Who’s going to take precautions after a few drinks?

Yes, we’re ALL getting virus-weary. But the only way we’re going to conquer this enemy is by stopping its spread.

Please. Do your part.

Part Two: The Lockdown

As I addressed in Part One, many people in the U.S. took heed of the precautions that were issued at the beginning of the coronavirus spread and obeyed the social distancing pleas. They stocked up on food and supplies and settled into somewhat of a routine within their households to get through the forced seclusion.

Now let’s imagine that the pandemic has gotten so bad that it’s become necessary for authorities to step in to ensure residents obey the movement restrictions. What happens now to the people who ignored the warnings? Who believed that it was all a Democratic hoax? Who were convinced they were invincible? Who believed their god would keep them safe?

And especially … who made no efforts to plan for the worst?

Someone once said, “Never underestimate desperate people. You never know how far they will go to get what they want.

I’m not going to go into detail as to the events that could potentially take place if this pandemic continues except to reference the above quote … and to repeat something I wrote in Part One: “Gun and ammunition sales have skyrocketed.”

I’ll let you put two and two together.

At this moment in time … in the day and hour that I’m writing this … COVID-19 is rapidly spreading and the number of deaths are increasing daily. If the health professionals are correct (and there is little reason to doubt them), it’s going to get worse.

Never underestimate the driving force to stay alive
that exists in every human being.

Part One: The Pandemic

I’m fully aware this post is going to be controversial and may cause a rise in the reader’s blood pressure. Nevertheless, I think it’s a subject that needs to be discussed.

As many of you have probably heard or read, gun and ammunition sales have skyrocketed. And not just in the states where people adamantly defend the “Second Amendment.” It’s nationwide … and directly related to the coronavirus situation:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/carlieporterfield/2020/03/16/coronavirus-fears-have-led-to-a-surge-in-us-gun-sales

Many of us are repelled by this action. But I’d like you to take just a moment and think about why this is happening.

We have a virus running rampant throughout the world and efforts to stop it have so far been unsuccessful. In the U.S., part of this has to do with:

  1. An irrational belief among Christians that God will take care of them so they continue to congregate in places of worship to “pray for healing,” and
  2. Some individuals in authority contend the virus is not as dangerous as claimed so they refuse to put any restrictions in place, thus allowing others who feel as they do to frequent public places and rub shoulders with the general public.

In any event, many people are in a panic. Not only are they fearful they might become infected, but “social distancing” has created another layer of stress. Some have even felt an urgency to “stock up” (just in case) on food and supplies. Often to excess.

Even more disturbing is the assertion by health officials that any potential cure is months away. We begin to wonder when–or if– things will ever return to normal.

Now let’s move into the future just a bit. The virus is still not contained. More and more people are getting infected.

Suddenly, the full impact hits. Almost overnight, infections soar and the death rate becomes overwhelming. The country is forced to go into complete lockdown.

So what happens to all those people who were in denial? The ones that didn’t prepare for this possibility … who ignored the necessity of stocking up on essentials.

Two words. They panic.

Hundreds of them start running to the supermarkets in the middle of the night to buy things. The ignore the distancing precautions because they’re desperate.  Food and supplies are still available, but shelves are not fully stocked as in normal times. As supplies dwindle, panic increases. And people get more desperate. Sometimes dangerously desperate.

Now think about those individuals who early-on took this pandemic seriously and planned ahead. They are the ones with adequate food and supplies.

And the desperate people know this.

Continue to Part Two.

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