This virus loves to break the rules…
And it defies conventional logic.
When news of COVID-19 cases first started spreading, the primary targets were reported to be the elderly and the immunocompromised. That’s because initially, here in the U.S., the folks who died from coronavirus complications were mostly in their 70s and 80s.
Last week, a few new cases of COVID-19 popped up in Dallas. It hit three young folks in their 20s and 30s.
None of them had underlying medical conditions that compromised their immune systems… They hadn’t traveled and weren’t in close contact with anyone with COVID-19… meaning these were cases of “community spread.”
And many are in critical condition.
Still, there are plenty of kids who think they’re invincible. Beaches in Clearwater, Florida, were packed last week with spring breakers as local lawmakers twiddled their thumbs and tried to figure out what to do.
As we know all too well, the virus spreads from person-to-person contact. So if anyone on that beach were a carrier, then they all might as well be now… bringing a potentially deadly virus everywhere they go.
Unsurprisingly, many of the reveling students have already tested positive for COVID-19 and are now carrying it back home… increasing the burden on local hospitals and risking the lives of everyone they’ve come into contact with – especially their families.
Catching the Culprit
I’m no fan of government intervention, but because there are so many unknowns, people need it drilled into their heads that this thing spreads really doggone easy.
Everyone is at risk to some degree. This is not just something we older folks need to worry about.
“No one is immune,” said Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
That’s because this thing is a superbug that targets the outside of human cells and binds to them with an amazing level of effectiveness.
In fact, it’s so good at what it does, researchers have concluded that there’s no way it could have been cooked up in a lab. COVID-19 is the product of natural selection. And we have no idea if it could adapt and grow even more efficient.
Cutting off contact with others is an uncomfortable reality right now. But as of this moment, it’s our best shot at slowing the spread of this virus.
If folks make the smart decision to limit exposure to other people for the time being, we’re going to see a lot of hot takes in the near future about how all of this intervention was overblown.
And with any luck, they’ll be able to healthily sing it loud and proud once this nasty little bug gets the death sentence it deserves.
In the meantime, be smart and hunker down ‘till all of this blows over. It’s one of the best chances we’ve got at taking this thing down.
And of course… wash your hands and make sure you’re loading up on vitamin C, vitamin D3 and zinc.
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