(Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional; This is not medical advice or scientific fact; the following article is simply my personal findings on studying Covid-19 via the internet. The following article is not intended for anything more than a personal opinion piece.)
Let’s get right to the lesson-
-Rewind to March 16th | Ski resorts close, Tourists leave, Grocery necessities scarce
-Global Effects Of The Virus
-Covid-19 Surveys From The Globe
Rewind to March 16th, 2020.
It was an otherwise casual Sunday.
Only ski resorts across America suddenly announced that they would be closing for the season- at 4 PM that night.
My partner and I quickly suited up, strapped on our ski boots, and rushed over to the mountain. We were eager to get on the lifts a few more times in the 2019-2020 winter season.
We ran over without time to eat lunch, forcing us to grab pizza from the food court. Cashing out, I chatted with the cashier. I soon learned that the employees of the mountain learned that they were out of a seasonal job that night, from customers.
The employers hadn’t even told their employees yet!
I imagine the conversation going something like-
Saddened Season Pass Holder “It sucks that you guys are closing soon early in the season.”
(Formerly) Happy Mountain Employee, “We aren’t closing, we still have another month left!”
“Check Google. The internet says otherwise.”
Everyone’s left downcast. 🙁
March 16th, Skiing was great.
Well, great for spring skiing.
For those of you that don’t ski, or don’t like the cold- not all “cold” is the same.
32 degrees in December is different from 32 degrees in March. It might not be science, but trust me, just ask any skier.
In March, the sun is shining more, and spring is typically on its way, the snow doesn’t keep the same consistency as it does in December.
Spring skiing is often described as skiing in “cream cheese.” It’s not liquid, but… it isn’t precisely firm either.
Varying opinions exist, whether spring skiing is all that great. I know many people that live for the dead of winter skiing. The coldest snowiest days possible.
I also know people that live for spring skiing.
You don’t have to wear as many layers; there are fewer tourists; the sun is out, and you can get a tan!
Really, in my personal opinion, spring skiing is fantastic.
After my partner and I
got in the last of the ski lifts, we went to the store to buy our weekly needs.
It was a madhouse!
Let me paint a picture,
And Black Friday.
Those are the two times that you can expect stores in Maine to be picked clean.
We don’t panic-
it’s not in our Northern Blood.
(for those of you not from the North- The North doesn’t claim Massachusetts- we want nothing to do with it)
So for an old Mainiac (that’s what true born Mainer’s are called) in a young man’s body (like myself), to walk into my local grocer and find the meat station picked clean- I can only assume it’s the Mass-Holes as they head home-
Oh, that’s not okay to say-
I’m never going to make it in this blogging business…
While our weaker constituent cousins in the Northern South (you guessed it, Massachusetts) may stock up on “essentials” at the hint of a storm, I know some old school Maniacs who don’t even go to the store unless the Nor’Easter happens to fall on shopping day.
Yet- the stores looked like they had been looted during a zombie apocalypse.
has been changing the face of the planet. Maybe it isn’t such a bad thing. The smog over China was reported to recede. Dolphins started to travel back into waters that they had left but previously lived in Italy. Harmful emissions from automobiles worldwide were drastically cut back, albeit for only a short time.
What will we learn from this time?
What will our takeaway as humanity be from this pandemic?
I want to leave this post on the shorter side. I have a tendency to get wordy. There will be times for that.
For now, we will move onto
Covid and the Globe.
Global Effects of The virus
Sidebar real fast:
I want to give a special shoutout to Dr. Li Wenliang, who was the first person to try and blow the whistle on the new coronavirus back on December 30th, 2019. January 3rd, 2020, he was reprimanded by the Wuhan Public Security Bureau for his actions. Translate this page from China, read it for yourself.
“Wuhan Pneumonia ‘whistle-blower’: Three weeks ago, I knew it could be “person-to-person.” UNITED DAILY NEWS, 2020-01-31 Lin Zehong
Dr. Li Wenliang is now dead.
Dr. Wenliang died at 33, only a few handfuls of days after coming into contact with a patient who allegedly had a “heavy viral load.”
Now I am not one to give in to conspiracy theories (… okay, I might be…), but reading this Doctor’s Wikipedia page is like reading ComicVine for my favorite Superhero timeline! It’s science fiction, y’all!
Read the Wikipedia page yourself- see what you take away from it.
According to United Nation News:
“WHO has been on the case since December 31st, when it was first informed that “a pneumonia of unknown cause” had been detected in Wuhan, the largest city in Hubei province in central China.”
Still, need some more convincing that this isn’t as it seems? Do a quick Google or Twitter search of Dr. Li and see what you come up with.
Dr. Li Wenliang tried to do the right thing and warn the world, but the Chinese government shut him down, and now the world is paying for their neglect.
It is easy
to get caught up in a crisis and not lift your head to look around. It is worth it from time to time. While there is a lot more going on right now besides Covid-19, this is not the Blog Post for those topics, the one at hand is large enough.
Reports out of South Korea are promising.
“THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – How South Korea Reined In The Outbreak Without Shutting Everything Down” NPR, Jason Beaubien, March 26th, 2020
Things may be
going well for South Korea- Italy is another story. The whole country is in lockdown, but at a single hospital, the daily death rate can reach 20 people!
The New York Times interviews Dr. Fabiano Di Marco, who is in the thick of things in Italy. “It’s Like A War.” The Italian Coronavirus, Michael Barbaro shares his chilling conversation with the Doctor for all to listen.
That was also days ago at this point. “Days” right now might be passing in the span of what “weeks” may have at other times in history.
So much is changing so quickly.
Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet, says, “UK ignored clear warning signs from China. “UK Failures over Covid-19 will increase death tolls, says leading doctor,” as reported by The Guardian on March 18th, 2020.
As it turns out, Richard Horton wasn’t wrong. The UK wasn’t prepared.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is confirmed positive for Covid-19 as reported by NPR.
Boris is the most prominent Head Of State to get the virus so far (or confess that they do), but he won’t be the last.
Closer to my home,
Seattle Times, which has been the epicenter of America, news reporters have continually gone above and beyond to cover the corona crises. I like to point out good citizens when I see them. Seattle Times has been doing heroic work worth shouting out too! Read The New York Times article on The Seattle Times, “The Newsroom at the Center of a Pandemic.”
I say Seattle “has been,” because New York is now the new epicenter of the United States.
“Why New York is the epicenter of the American coronavirus outbreak” CNN, By Eric Levenson, Thu March 26th, 2020
are looking bleak around me- other places around the globe are progressing towards even scarier militaristic, government-controlled, Big Brother on crack kind of moves.
For more on that, we will flip to Cleveland Jewish News for more on what is going on in Israel, “Israel authorizes mass surveillance to stem the spread of Covid-19”.
I’m skeptical of how watching individuals from their cell phones will help slow the spread- and since it clearly needs to be said- America, don’t get any ideas from Israel. We already had The Patriot Act, and that alone was too much.
For Israel, it doesn’t seem as if it will stop there.
“Worst of coronavirus ‘still ahead of us’ warn Bennett, Kochavi warns virus to continue for months and could see a military operation during the crisis; Bennett warns Israel has half the amount of respirators needed” by The Jerusalem Post
Military operations during the crisis.
I am not, nor have I ever been a fan of militaristic forms of government. I know there are arguments otherwise, but I am just not a fan of big government. I believe a central government has its place, but that states and smaller communities should have a more significant say in their own backyards.
We will see what happens with Israel as the virus progresses.
Everyone admits it will be many months yet.
As of March, 27th
we days away from the end of the 15 Day ‘suggested’ Quarantine- and things are tentative. Will we be able to have Easter together as families, as the current POTUS believes? Or will the global situation only grow worse before it gets better?
I have read reports of being 35 days (or so) out from the Peak of the outbreak here in America- but it is inconclusive just like so much around Covid-19. The situation is growing worse in New York, but – will it be better for them in the long run, as they get most of the attention and resources before no one can look beyond their own community borders, let alone state borders?
Other sources say that we will only be dealing with this for a few weeks, and then life will continue (mostly) as it had before. I could post links to both, but the internet is riddled with both opinions.
This is where studying, doing your research, paying attention, and asking questions come in handy. Survival is the game- and right now, things are not looking so great for a rising number of citizens around the globe.
Today we will wrap things up with some global survey results surrounding coronavirus that I conducted.
Survey’s From All Over
As a way to end today,
I am going to display a few survey responses that I received back from folks across the globe.
I wrote up a small survey, and I started to share it with my friends, family, and the world at large. Here are actual responses from many places around the globe (and growing!):
- Are You Positive For Covid-19?
- Are You Currently Working? Going About Life As Normal? Or Self-Quartentining?
- What Is Your Anxiety Level?
- Do You Feel Prepared?
- Do You Feel Confident In The News Being Reported?
- When Do You Expect This To Be Over?