Content Warning – I will be talking about the Corona Virus in this post. If that makes you uneasy, I don’t advise reading on.
It is safe to say that the world is in a state of panic right now. This isn’t helped by the media’s constant need to sensationalise anything they can for sales, clicks and views. Governments aren’t helping matters by not quelling the worries of their people. I saw a clip on Twitter recently where Boris Johnson, prime minister of the UK, actually uttered words along the lines of “more of your loved ones will die before their time”, before that debacle, he said something else along the lines of “we just need to take it on the chin and let it spread through the public”.
I doubt he meant it the way it came across, well, I hope he didn’t, but this all came about so suddenly I bet he’s just flustered himself. I don’t like what his party stand for, but this isn’t about who stands where politically. Leaders need to keep the public calm and ease worries to the best of their abilities.
People are stockpiling items because they fear the worst, but this kind of behaviour is hurting the public more than helping. Basic hygiene is essential, as it always is, but the panic has caused people to stockpile hand sanitisers because they fear the virus spreading, but if people don’t have access to ways of cleaning their hands whilst not there in the vicinity of a sink, that could cause more problems.
I’m no expert by any means, I’ve also been prone to panic during these times myself, but here are some things that are helping me through this troubling time.
The media is sensationalising what is happening
The corona virus has claimed lives, sadly, but the way the media is portraying it, you’d think we’re going through the bubonic plague round 2. ￼￼The virus itself has a 2% fatality rate. It is dangerous to those who are elderly and/or have a comprised immune systems.
Steps can be taken to avoid further transmission of the virus. If you can help it, avoid crowded places, wash your hands when you come in from the outside, if you feel sick, stay away from those with compromised immune systems.
While this isn’t as big of a threat as it’s made out to be, please keep the vulnerable in mind. Do you really need all the extra items you’ve bought in a panic?
Basic Hygiene Can Help Stop It Spreading
It’s wild that this even has to be brought up. Wash your hands if you’ve come in from outside, wash them if you work with vulnerable people, just follow basic protocols.
The virus is airborne, but you could carry it for days without symptoms. All it takes is contact with a person and that could start a chain reaction, then someone could wind up in trouble. When I worked with children, I was told to sing “Happy Birthday” twice in my head and that would be the correct amount of time to wash my hands, that could’ve changed by now, but following steps like that will go a long way!
I know I’ve made that sound worrying, but this is just common sense. Doctors don’t go into their place of employment and straight onto a ward, they make sure they follow basic hygiene protocols. Just follow them, trust me.
“And in time, this too shall pass”
Is this scary? Undoubtedly, but we’ve survived so many other outbreaks. Swine flu, bird flu, they were scary stories once, another way for the media to generate revenue. They wouldn’t make half as much stating the whole truth, don’t forget, tabloids will talk about mental health awareness in one article, then slam a person who is clearly struggling in another. Find a reliable source, who isn’t out to spread half truths for monetary gain, if you need to know about world events. The best thing I ever did was stop watching the news.
There have been illnesses with far worse fatality rates, now this isn’t me saying we should be panicking any less, but we’ve always come through the other side.
I wholeheartedly believe that if this whole thing can be contained now, it’ll just be another blip in the world by the end of 2020.
That being said, be safe, be considerate and be thoughtful of those around you. Sadly, this whole dreadful events have brought out so much racism and Xenophobia from people too, we need to focus on the positives that are present. While there aren’t many, succumbing to fear will only make things worse, I will end this post with wise words from Yoda.
Stay safe, you deserve good things.
“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering”
– Stace xo