the coronavirus and helping others.

April 10, 2020

THE VIRUS

The Covid-19 Corona-virus is a nightmare that none of us were prepared for. It has no nationality, it has no boundaries, it has no love, it has no feelings, it has no ethics. Covid 19 is non- denominational and will strike anyone of any religion. Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu. It knows no difference.

It is a killer of all mankind. However, as humans we can deal with it in many ways. Most of us are not in the NHS so we can leave it to the magnificent doctors, nurses and health workers who are saving lives every day. What can we, the normal person do?

BE COMPASSIONATE

We can show compassion to our fellow humans and animals. Yes, animals can catch it too. Compassion won’t make the virus go away, but it will make our lives a little better helping people with or without the virus. Being nice to people will make us forget that we might be the next statistic.

Being smart by not going out will stop us from catching the virus. So will social distancing when we have to. Compassion to your fellow man will make others feel better, and also make you feel better that you’ve helped them. What can you do to help.

HELP FAMILY FIRST

Your first priority should be to your family. Make sure they are all ok. What can you do for them. Are your children scared? If they are then talk to them. Explain the dangers, but reinforce that adults are doing everything in their power to make the virus go away.

Explain to your children that they have to stay indoors and can’t go outside and play because they might get sick, or make other people sick.

Ask them how they want to spend their time indoors and accommodate them as much as possible. Set up a regimen of learning time for them as though they were at school.    

Are you or your partner a frontline worker? How are you told to keep safe when you are in infected areas?

TALK TO NEIGHBOURS

Wash your hands regularly.

Some people are close to their neighbours and others are not. I know I didn’t know my neighbours either side of me for the whole five years. I lived on the second floor of a block of flats in Southampton. We may have said hi when we passed in the corridor, but that was about it.

If you’re close to your neighbours and you know them individually, then knock on their door and ask if they need anything. They may have ran out of milk(or other staples) but are too scared to go to the store. Offer to go get it for them or give them some of your own.

If you don’t know anyone then it’s probably easier to stay home and keep your distance. If you know of anyone who lives by themself then maybe knock on their door and ask if they need any help. Be compassionate. If they say go away then just leave, at least you offered.

They might not even answer the door. But if they do and they don’t need help with anything then maybe offer to chat with them if they are lonely. Put your phone number through the letterbox on a note stating you came by and are available if they want to talk to someone. They probably won’t, but at least you offered.

You don’t need to hold a giant sign up to help everyone, just see what you can do for them. If you can’t help anyone just stay at home and relax. Sometimes people need down time, like read a book in a chair, or close your eyes for ten minutes.

HUMOUR

One of Britain’s best attributes is a sense of humour, but only if it’s relevant. There’s always going to be one joke that is right on the fence, but most are harmless. In fact, I heard on the other day that might be funny to some of you. Here it goes:

My neighbour got sick with the virus and an ambulance took him to hospital. They immediately put him on one of those new Dyson ventilator machines, and now he’s picking up nicely!!

There’s an old adage about humour but I forget what it is. I’m sure it’s like making the world go round or something like that. Maybe not. Tell jokes, listen to jokes on TV. Listen to the comedy channel. You never know you might start your own stand up routine and become the next Jimmy Carr.

SHOPPING

Supermarkets are full so don’t stockpile.

One fundamental part of life is food and eating. Now we can’t go to restaurants or cafes we only have shopping to feed our appetites. We are told that there are plenty of supplies and food for supermarkets, so don’t stockpile.

You’ll run out of milk or bread or flour, or some essential eventually. At that point do all your shopping. Make a list during the week of what you need and get it all at the same time.You will not run out of anything.

THE SPANISH FLU

Some people believe that the Covid-19 virus is nothing much. They say it is only killing 0.3 per cent of the population when our own regular winter flu kills 1%. In comparison, the Spanish flu of 1918 killed 100 million people throughout the world because they didn’t have what we have today. Knowledge and treatment.

Ironically the Spanish flu did not start in Spain. It started in the army in Kansas, USA. It devastated the USA, including New York which is again the focal city today for the virus.

To combat the flu spreading they also did some of the things that are similar to today. Social distancing and keeping infected people away from the non infected. Closing borders and stopping travel.

WHAT ARE THE GOVERNMENTS DOING?

The planet has an institution called the world health organization or W.H.O.. They are a global platform working on behalf of the whole planet. As well as the WHO, each country’s health department is trying to handle their own slice of the pandemic.

The UK Government is doing its best after it should have already started. It knew, after South Korea started locking down and putting in equipment in early February, that we should have started too.

Complacency aside, they are now catching up and making amends as fast as possible. They have a whole lot more to do before it’s all over.   

WHEN WILL IT END?

The good thing about every pandemic is that a virus will eventually run its course. Either there will be no one left to infect because they have been vaccinated or become immune, or they will be dead from it.

Luckily there are clinics working daily 24 hours per day to find a vaccine for Covid-19 and they re very close it seems. Another test is due to be available within weeks that will show who is infected and who is not.

The infected ones can be treated, but will also have built up an immunity to catching the virus again. The ones not infected can be isolated until they can be vaccinated or the virus has reached its conclusion.

WHAT NOW?

Well the best advice is to follow government instructions and listen to the news. Continue as you would as if in a war. Be vigilant. Help people. Be compassionate and care for others. As they always said on the TV show Hill Street Blues, “Be careful out there”. Wash your hands often, stay home and stay safe..

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