The stay home, stay safe

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The stay home, stay safe order in Michigan was extended until, (at least,) April 30th with much tighter restrictions. Why? People weren’t taking it seriously the first time. People in rural areas are saying, “We don’t have any cases here, why does everything have to be closed?” People are mad that the governor said travel between two residences is not allowed. Let me help put things into perspective:

Let’s say 20,000 Michiganders travel north to their second homes. Let’s say just 1% of those people have Covid-19, that’s 200 people. There are counties in Northern Michigan that don’t have a single ICU bed. Many have less than 10. If 200 infected people go to Northern Michigan, and let’s face it, infect others along the way (gas stations, grocery stores, ect.,) hospitals will be at capacity in a matter of days. Let’s not forget about rural grocery stores that cannot handle the volume of goods they will have to constantly restock if they see and influx of visitors from the south. This kind of travel, travel we see as a freedom and luxury, is danger to the communities people choose to travel to.

Now let’s talk about the sales (or lack thereof,) of gardening and landscaping supplies. People will argue that it is essential for people to be able to attend to their gardens and yards. Yes, people have all the free time to get their yards and gardens in order right now, and they want to take advantage of it. Think about this; you venture out to Home Depot to the gardening center. Home Depot now has to staff that gardening center and ask an employee to expose his/herself to Covid-19. Home Depot now has to have an employee disinfect an additional 500-1500 square feet of area in order to keep themselves and shoppers safe. Home Depot now has to open an additional cash register where Covid-19 could easily spread from one shopper to another. Not to mention, how many people need help from staff when loading landscaping supplies into their vehicle? This is yet another exposure site that people now have to worry about.

Nobody wants to be stuck at home right now, especially during the holiday. Nobody wants to be limited in what they are able to do. However, nobody wants to bury a loved one because they lost their life to Covid-19 either. We are being asked to simply stay home. We all have bills to pay, we all have expenses that we are worried about. I don’t know about you, but I would prefer to worry about an expense than see a loved one on a ventilator, or worse, in a casket.

And don’t start saying things like, “More people die everyday from cancer, suicide, car accidents, diabetes, heart attack, etc.” Yes. That’s true and nobody is arguing about that. However, those are things that are not necessarily preventable. If someone has diabetes, they can’t expose you to diabetes just because they are sitting next to you. If you touch someone who has cancer, you cannot pass that cancer to the next person you come in contact with. However, if you come in contact with someone who has Covid-19, you can very easily pass it along to the next person you come in contact with.

You might not have symptoms for weeks, and when you get them, they may be mild. Okay, let’s say that’s the case. Let’s say you believe you’re symptom free and you go to visit your 80 year old grandmother or your aunt who just finished chemo treatments for breast cancer; congratulations, you’ve now exposed them to Covid-19 and didn’t even know it. Let’s say this is the case, and you have a bad fever and cough for a week and then you recover, and everything is fine, but then you hear word that your aunt is on a ventilator because she can’t breath, or that your grandpa is in the ICU with an unending fever and unbearable chest pain. You’re going to honestly tell me that you would be okay with knowing you exposed a loved one to something that could kill them?

Okay, now your loved one is in the hospital. There are healthcare workers that are exposing themselves to Covid-19 everyday due to lack of PPE and quite frankly, a nationally recognized standard of care for Covid-19 patients. It’s a learning curve for healthcare workers everywhere. You can say, “They signed up for that job, they knew what they were getting into.” Healthcare workers took their jobs to save lives, yes. They didn’t, however, expect to be exposed to such a highly contagious virus with such a gross lack of PPE. There are healthcare workers who are unable to see their children and spouses because they are afraid of exposing them to Covid-19. There are healthcare workers who want nothing more than to be able to stay home like the rest of us are being asked to do, but instead they are out working on the frontlines, taking care of patients who are getting sick because either they or those around them are choosing to ignore stay at home orders, and are therefore contributing to the spread of Covid-19.

We’re being asked to stay home. It sucks. The day will come, however, when we are all slowly going to reintegrate into society again. It’s not going to be the same. It’s going to take time to get back to life before Covid-19, if we get there at all. It’s a struggle not working, not being able to get out and do the things we enjoy. People complain about jury duty but we all step up when we are called because it is just as it says, a duty. We have a duty now; Our duty is to stay home and help save lives. Please, do your duty, stay home, and wait it out. We’re not all going to get through this, people are going to die, but we can try our best to limit the people who do.

Author: northsolitary

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