COVID-19: The end of the world or a learning experience?

Chances are, there’s a lot more to learn, but where we stand right now, in terms of what we know, there are those on both sides of that fence. While it is looking bleak, it is also looking promising. We here at the Las Vegas Tribune do not like to be intimidated, but since situations pop up now and then that try to break our spirits or cause us physical harm, or worse yet, spread fear throughout the entire world, it’s not that we can go back to before the fear took hold and just swish it away, but we try to address it the best we can.
We have dealt with a lot of intimidation here, at the heart of this newspaper, but it was aimed directly at us and was dealt with just as directly, by those who were involved. The COVID-19 is aimed at the whole world and cannot be as directly addressed. And it is very sad that while many are living in fear, many also are dying from the reality of the virus.
While we would never think of “prettying up” the coronavirus by pretending that it doesn’t exist, we would also never give it even more power by pretending that it’s about to be the end of the world.
It may indeed get worse before it gets better, but while it is with us, while it is a threat — if even in the background, or only a slim possibility for most of us, we must deal with it the best way we can by taking heed of the best advice given us by those in the know.
First and foremost, as we all know, is to properly and often wash our hands, and then not touch our faces. We must not directly touch door handles or faucet handles, and avoid touching other’s property… but if we do, washing again or using a hand sanitizer is in order.
“Catch” coughs and sneezes in a tissue, if possible, but at least in your elbow. Plan ahead so you can self-isolate (quarantine yourself) if symptoms appear or you come into contact with someone who is infected. Have a 3-week supply of food, medications, etc. so you won’t be tempted to go out.
Check-in daily for the latest COVID-19 news. Let others who have been in touch with you know that you have symptoms. Keep a diary of your progress. Share it with those who might be concerned.
We just got word that Gov. Sisolak is enforcing measures that will hopefully avoid needless contact with anyone who may be infected by closing down all unnecessary businesses. Others will remain open as usual, including grocery stores and banks. Yes, no matter how and why it got started — even if it was a prank, or a twisted terrorist’s plan to terrorize the world, it is still to be taken seriously. It could just as easily have been a situation involving poor hygiene between humans and animals; and even though we know it first appeared in Wuhan, China, it is not racist to say that. It is what it is. If we first discovered it in Boston, we could not lie and try to change it to have been discovered in NYC or Chicago.
That would not help its image or help in any way to get it under control. And It does not make the residents of China, as a whole, any the worse human beings for our having tracked the coronavirus to Wuhan.
Consider, for a moment, that China has offered much to the world over thousands of years: Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) which covers a broad range of medicine practices sharing common concepts developed in China and based on a tradition of more than 2,000 years, plus various
forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage (tui na), exercise for health and self-defense (qigong and T’ai chi), dietary therapy, and meditation.
It’s hard to imagine that anyone is happy over this virus outbreak; people are dying; businesses are closing — and some will never be able to open again; some people are panicking and that fear shows up in the ravaging of grocery stores as customers strive to be sure that they get what they need before the shelves are empty; workers are fearful that they will not get paid for work they missed, and bills will go unpaid, some possibly losing their homes or being evicted. In general, fear is rampant and while it was dealt with in other administrations, it’s always different when it happens to us in the present.
President Trump is doing his best to get us through with the least amount of fear and with various measures that will help those who must stay home from work and not be financially penalized — at least not that much.
Let us remember this from the past: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” —FDR

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