Imagine… if the world, the hemisphere, the continent, the country, the state, the city, the neighborhood, and everyone living on your street stayed at home and never left for two weeks.
With no humans out and about, the virus would fall to the ground and die.
But that’s not our world and that’s definitely not our street. Even with the most stringent stay-at-home orders in places like South Korea, Italy, and Spain, government leaders allow essential workers to move around and public health officials encourage us to get outdoor exercise.
And that’s why the virus is not dying.
We are victims to our way of life.
What choice do we have?
We need every essential worker to keep the economy running.
Doctors, nurses, farmers, homeless shelter caseworkers, freight shippers, auto mechanics, lawyers, mail carriers, pharmacists, garbage collectors, gas station attendants, veterinarians, teachers, funeral home directors.
Everyone plays a part and society as we know it today would collapse if they didn’t do what they need to do.
Non-essential workers also play a part: to stay at home as much as possible so when cities and towns and states and countries — and the world — open back up, the virus won’t bounce around and find new victims.
Some people believe they know more about flattening the curve than medical doctors, virologists, and biostatisticians. They attend protests and rallies, standing shoulder-to-shoulder without face coverings. They believe that the 1st Amendment to the Constitution allows them to assemble whenever and wherever they want.
But, what good is assembling when the virus is still there and suddenly has everywhere to go? Will it take a family member to get infected and die before that person realizes the error of their ways? I hope not.