Originally Posted by Fuddyduddy1952 View Post
I know we're the oddballs but we still eat out and carry on life as usual. I can't imagine stocking supplies to stay in the house for a month.
If everyone continues to carry on life as usual, this virus will spread exponentially and there will be many more deaths from it. The elderly, or vulnerable person(s) whom is saved by the practice of social distancing and the other recommended measures may be your own relative....mother, uncle, etc. Can't you modify your normal routines just a bit without feeling deprived of life as usual.....avoid being in large groups (currently defined as over 250 people,but that may change), reduce the number of times you go to public places , wash your hands frequently and refrain from touching your face unless you have just washed your hands, etc,etc, we've all heard the CDC guidelines. Since you can't imagine stocking supplies to stay in the house for a month,,,,I think currently the recommendation is for 2 weeks,,,,,then you may face the reality of staying in the house without supplies,,,,or if infected/been in contact with someone who tests positive-face the reality of spreading the virus because you failed to stock up on supplies and can't do a self isolation.
I encourage everyone to read the accounts from Italy. No need to panic, but we must comply with the containment measures recommended or we (any country) will end up like Italy....overwhelmed heathcare,hospitals,doctors,nurses,not enough ventilators, etc. A little bit of sacrifice on eveyone's part now will go a very long way to flatten the curve (on a graph representation of the spread of the virus) and hasten the end of the pandemic. A lack of cooperation for the communal good will literally cause deaths, it's that simple., not necessisarly by every single person who doesn't cooperate,but certainly by some of them. Do you want to risk being one of the 'some'? If the death rate for this is 1% (and it's projected higher), then you can estimate for every death reported, say,,in your state, county,etc,,there are 100 people with the virus. It's simple math, ,,if correct.
Yes, the flu kills many thousands every year and we're not asked to practice containment, much less mitigation measures. However, the death rate is lower for the flu (recent ones, not all), and the number of cases requiring hospitalization has not overwhelmed the resources of healthcare as this virus has in areas where containment measures were not implemented in time.
Stay calm. Stay safe. Take measures for the common good even if you are low risk and likely to only be mildly ill if you contract the virus,,,it's the most vulnerable around us whom we are protecting with these measures.