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Looking At How Isolation Can Flatten The Curb And Save Society
I am far from an expert in the medical or science field, but one genre I am a professional at is horror and science fiction, both of which have showed us what the CCP virus (COVID-19) could potentially be, though in more realistic terms: everyone gets mild to a severe case of the flu and a really bad case of pneumonia, in which about 5% of people who get it will die. Not horrible if you live in a population with a lot of people. Chances are, it’s unlikely to be you, especially if you’re reading this right now. If you don’t already know, you probably already do, especially if you have ever watched zombie movies. Zombie movies will tell you everything about a deadly virus that you will need to know.
Treating the CCP virus like a zombie virus is a bit different. People who get COVID-19 do need to be avoided until they are no longer contagious, but after that: no one who had COVID-19 needs to be avoided. Similar to what happened in Daywalkers, which without revealing or spoiling a movie that has already been out, we will just say that nature provides limitless opportunity for any virus to be born and spread, and while it may take years to figure it out, nature must provide a cure. All that comes from nature and can be affected by nature will also eventually be cured by nature.
As with anything in nature, it takes time for evolution and adaptation to catch up with each other, and thus, in the process, there will be death, and there will be loss. This must happen. Fortunately, the survival rate of the virus is far higher than the death rate meaning that after enough human beings get it, live or die through it, the virus itself will come to pass, and while we will be ready for it next time, with a vaccine, or at least a means to fight the virus, humans will do as they always have done: live through the worst, get to the best, and survive.
There are a lot of things going on in the world right now and while some of our governments seem to have it together, others do not know what to do, are not providing any governmental guidelines, and thus: in some places, it is business as usual, while others is completely closed and locked down. This type of quarantining as putting the children who pee on one side of the pool and the children who don’t on the other side of the pool. Eventually, everyone will be swimming in pee.
When we speak about “flattening the curve”, some people may be lost immediately. After all, for most of us, math was far from our favorite subject. But it is simple by imagining this scenario:
- 1 person in a room is infected.
- 100 people are in the room.
- this 1 person only talks to 2 people and sits off by himself.
- these 2 people talk to at least 2 more people and so on and so forth.
- each new person who is in contact with an infected person becomes infected.
- I soon learn about this at around 30 infections and I tell 80 people to stay home.
- 40 of them stay home, but 20 of them are still out and about spreading the virus.
- If all 60 of them had stayed home while we treated the 30 who were infected, then we not only have time to help the already infected, but can prepare for new infections to be received and we will have the equipment necessary to keep those people alive.
- Stay home until your own government can understand what to do next.
The most strictness is the least likely to become infected, but requires the most participation and longest isolation. Bigger populations need the longest isolation periods. It may seem like our governments are punishing us, and they are, and have been for the past two or three decades, but most people just did nothing about it, but that is for another confession. Chances of you dying are pretty slim if you do these things:
- Wear a cloth or face mask to cover your respiratory system (nose and mouth)
- Touch as little as possible in a public place
- When you get home, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and wipe down anything you touched on your way inside, including the steering wheel, the door handle to your car, the house door handle, your keys, and the faucet of the sink
- Do not touch your face at all — you will need to train yourself to do this
- Do not bite your fingernails or put anything in your mouth
- Cough and sneeze into your arm or face mask
- Never wear the same plastic throwaway gloves more than once
- If you must scratch your face, use your forearm or the inside of your shirt
- Optional to wash your face with soap but it would be a good move
- Optional to wash your clothes
- Optionals change to mandatory for areas in which another person, other than yourself, coughed or sneezed into the air
A website called Corona Live Tracker shows you what isolation can do in a simulation, from a low population to a high population. For the most part, you can immediately move the population to a high number since most of us probably live in a popular area. Cities should be the highest level, while surburbs are slightly less, rural areas even less, and if you live on a mountain by yourself, chances of catching anything are slim to none.
The news media is scary. As you sit in your homes, isolated, trying to understand how this is our new reality, what is going on, trying to understand where your future lies, just know this: the less times you go outside to the grocery store or anywhere else, the less chance you have of catching the virus. The virus loves you touching your face, as often times, it is on surfaces, gets on to your hands, and into your body once you start touching areas near your nose and mouth, and once inside you, it fulfills the only purpose it has in existence: reproduce.
As long as you have washed your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap, and you are inside your own home or in a familiar area that you trust, then you can touch your face all you want. If not, then avoid touching your face. Do not live in fear because of this virus. The media is a very powerful tool that can make situations seem desperately worse than they actually are. Society is still functioning. People are still spending money. Stores are still in business. Our civiliation is currently working on the backend without any user interface. Hence: we are ordering our food online while staying in our homes, going quickly out to get it, returning home. Only one or two people confirmed not to have any fever-like symptoms is cooking your food.
Please stay mentally and physically healthy! We are all going through this and we will all get through it! This is not a zombie movie. This is real life. Fortunately, no one who has the virus is coming back to life. Unfortunately, people are really dying at an alarming rate beyond what humanity was prepared for, but not everyone who gets the virus is dying, and not everyone who gets the virus is going to die. To put bluntly, some humans in 2020 are not going to make it into 2021. It hurts. I hope it’s not me or my family. I hope it’s not yours. But it has to be someone’s… and I too, accept what is to happen will happen.
Considering this is not the zombie virus, and the recovery rate is quite high, even with all of the inaccurate reporting going on, we really do have a pretty great chance of “rebuilding” society not back to the way it was, but hopefully better.