In recent news, New York has become an epicenter of the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. In a mere three weeks since New York’s first confirmed case of COVID-19, the city now has 5 percent of the global number of cases. COVID-19 has changed the world.
If any of my regular readers are tuning in, you can see that I am coming out of retirement. Writers need to write, and by returning to blogging, I am doing what I need to do. I can’t sit around while COVID-19 continues to claim lives, increases fear, and sends the economy in to a nose dive. I won’t pretend that I can make a difference, but here is what I can do:
- Provide fact-based, understandable information.
- Share information about how to manage fear.
- Offer a set of helping hands, my open heart. and the belief that if we lean on each other, we will get through this.
- Plant some light-hearted amusement because we all need a break from fear and pain.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a huge subject, and I confess I am not sure where to start. The most important aspect about this particular coronavirus outbreak is to be sure that we are practicing social distancing. If you still don’t understand why we need to do this now while the number of cases are still seemingly low (and I would argue that we are long past the “low” mark), I’ve provided 3 links. These experts have done a better job than I can to explain this. My short explanation is, isn’t it better to put out a small fire than a larger one? However, you deserve better than a fire analogy, so click below to read more.
- Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve” by Harry Stevens Washington Post (March 14, 2020)
- Paradox of Pandemics
- Chicago Doctor’s Blunt Speech About COVID-19 NBC Chicago (March 21, 2020)
Please check back regularly. Up next: How to remain calm during the COVID-19 pandemic
If you want to read more about COVID-19 or other health-related issues, I am also blogging at hepmag.com.