By André Faust (03-11-2020)
What a wiener society we live in regards to COVID-19, we have to take the “P” out panic. Yes, take all the necessary steps, like with all other diseases, to lessen the spread, but don’t let the fear anxiety cloud rational thinking.
COVID-19 on the other hand for healthy people if they experience any effect at all, resembles the common cold. However, COVID-19 does have the potential of taking out those with respiratory issues and weakened elderlies, but so does influenza cull out the weak and elderly.
Yet contemporary society is showing more anxiety with COVID-19 than the society of the 70s’ and 80s’
The problem with mass hysteria over the disease is that the health care system becomes overwhelmed and cannot supply all the resources, both human and medical. Even though the illness has not shown itself in some communities, people experiencing cold or minor flu will automatically conclude that they have been infected with COVID-19 or suffering acute anxiety about contracting the disease and make their way to the emergency rooms.
It has been reported that at this moment, produces of respiratory masks cannot keep up and supply the demand for these masks. Yet, the jury is still out whether or not this mask is effective in controlling the spread of COVID-19 because the virus can be spread by other means besides airborne. Over-reliance on these masks may create a sense of false confidence.
Remember, this is not the Bubonic plague, keep calm, stay rational, take reasonable precautions to limit the spread, and we will come through this crisis until the next time round of infections.