I just want, need to expand on a comment I wrote earlier today on Facebook… then I’m done.
“It’s at the point where subtlety and politeness are redundant. From a few conversations I’ve had and things I’ve seen with my own eyes, there are some people who will not accept the message. Causing me more anxiety than anything else. I take heart in the people I know who are taking Covid-19 very seriously and doing the right thing.”
Think about the fortnight that has just passed, where did you go, who did you see, who/what did you come in contact with? Write a list. Who/what did they come in contact with? That, you’ll probably never know. In all likelihood it’s more than you thought. It was ok, then, most likely. But very quickly it’s becoming less and less ok. Imagine if you get sick or someone, somewhere you have had contact with gets sick. Think about the people on your list. Think about the people on their list.
Most of us are doing our very best with changing our thinking and behaviours. We go out less; only for food and essential appointments. We keep our distance physically, our hygiene habits that were sufficient are now bordering on obsessive.
#covid19 isn’t just about people who have been overseas, on a cruise, essential services and health workers at risk… It’s about every single one of us, regardless of whether we live in cities or rural areas, in Australia or overseas. If the virus comes into contact with us, we are equally at risk of being infected ourselves and/or infecting someone else. The only thing that offers hope is that by our individual actions, we can lessen the risk and the spread by each being personally accountable for ourselves to every other person whether we know them or not. Don’t discount what we are being told by the government and don’t wait to be told by the government. Act now.
That hope that #covid19 might not affect me, or my family or my friends or their family and friends is of comfort to me, but it doesn’t stop me being concerned about people I don’t know, every new case, every death and loss to their family and loved ones, every new story… the body bags, the possibility of Do Not Resuscitate orders… You might say stop reading, stay off Facebook, don’t watch or listen to the news. But I want to know. That’s my other responsibility to myself, to know, to live in this current reality. It’s not what makes me anxious. Lack of awareness and/or carelessness does that. Please, please don’t think coronavirus isn’t about you.
I want for us all to come out the other side of #covid19 together. If I have been too plain spoken… or insensitive which despite my best efforts it happens, then if someone is offended but alive and their loved ones and me and mine are alive afterwards, I can cope with that. But I hope that they’ll understand the best of my intentions.
I know that social media doesn’t reach everyone but please share this message using my words or your own via social media, Facetime/Skype, telephone, over the fence or across the street at a safe distance. Take care of each other.