To those who have coronavirus confusion,
Like many, I am scared and decided to follow suit, adjusting my life plans accordingly.
Packed and ready to go, I canceled my trip to New York, where I was supposed to speak to nearly a dozen high schools and colleges about how I found my strength.
It was an opportunity I was looking forward to for months.
I texted my brother, who encouraged me to be safe and stay in Miami, “This sucks.”
He responded with a nice dose of reality, “Imagine how the people who are sick or lost someone they love feel.”
The coronavirus has taken the country by storm, as it dominates headlines across the world. Now, I am home desperately searching for hand sanitizer as I obsessively scour the internet for more information on the virus. Some outlets forewarn of the dangers of the disease. Other news sources call it a lot of “hype” and a “political football.” With conflicting perspectives and little knowledge and or treatments for the virus, most of us are left agonizing over basic decisions.
Should I travel?
Should I go to work?
Should I avoid public spaces?
While I am scared, mostly for my 60-plus aged parents, I also feel a sense of confusion. According to the CDC’s 2019-2020 U.S. Flu Season: Preliminary Burden Estimates from October 1, 2019, to February 29, 2020, 34-49 million people have had the flu and 20,000 to 52,000 people have died from it. According to CNN, worldwide, more than 100,000 people have had the coronavirus, with more than 4,000 people dying from it.
And the New York Times states that 80 percent of confirmed coronavirus cases are not severe,
The numbers for the coronavirus don’t justify my fear, but they also don’t seem to lessen it either. That’s because there is no consensus on how those numbers will unravel as the disease spreads, how our healthcare system will respond, or what the options are for the people who do end up in critical condition.
Then, there are also the tremendous economic repercussions.
The world’s uneasiness, along with my own, is a reminder that often what we fear is what we do not know.
I hope everyone stays safe and healthy.
Thank you to all the medical professionals helping save lives and prayers to all the families affected by the coronavirus.