As I got some groceries at Target last night, the top of my list was toilet paper. I had to get some anyway. I saw many carts filled with toilet paper. There was no limit to customers. I grabbed what little was left, an 18 pack of Angel Soft. I figured that would keep for a while. This situation played out up and down The First State yesterday as it has across the country.
People are not necessarily panicking, they are preparing. For the worst. For a potential eventuality where they are forced to stay home for at least two weeks in case they get the Coronavirus.
As well as toilet paper, hand sanitizers and wipes are gone. As if they never existed. In addition, soups are disappearing along with other quick-fix meals.
With pretty much all major sporting events canceled, I have to wonder what folks will do at home. Will they play games with each other? Will they not venture out into the public? Will tv ratings reach all-time highs? We will find out in the coming weeks and possibly months.
While this pandemic is certainly a matter of grave concern, it can also be a time where we reconnect as families and count our blessings. Yes, our 401ks are taking a bath like never before. Yes, we could be unemployed or have to work from home. Yes, we could lose income. But this is a time that humanity has to come together and do the right thing. We are trying to prevent a deadly disease from spreading. From ravaging humanity, especially the elderly.
Some folks out there seem to STILL think this is no big deal. The normal flu kills so many people each year but this one hasn’t. First off, this is a new flu strain. We don’t know what it will morph into. The fatality rate is at least ten times higher, probably more. So if it does stick around we could potentially be looking at fatality statistics anywhere from 500,000 to 5 million. Each year. That is no joke.
I will fully admit I made light of it until recently. It was a bad flu I thought. But when the numbers started growing it became a harsh reality. The best way to fight this thing is to be prepared and use common sense. Be safe, wash your hands, and hold onto your loved ones.