—-Richelle E. Goodrich, Making Wishes
I think I am going to be a bit grumpy today. I am having a difficult time understanding just how “me” centered some people can be. It is not certain generations or certain social strata that have captured the “all about me” way of life. It is people in general who have trouble seeing past the image in their mirror.
These last two weeks The Coronavirus has been dominating the Internet, radio, television and newspapers. I can’t imagine anyone out there who isn’t aware of the consequences of getting the virus. It is so bad in parts of China that certain areas have instituted quarantines to protect the population. Transportation has come to a virtual halt there, and people are being asked to stay home if they are ill or have been near anyone ill. While most people will survive a bout with the Coronavirus, the very young, very old, and immune compromised face great danger if exposed to it.
Why would someone take the chance of spreading this virus to people in these categories. A woman in China woke up with a cough and fever last week in the midst of the panic over Coronavirus. She went to the airport, medicated herself to hide the symptoms and flew to Lyon, France. She then went to a Michelin-starred restaurant so even more people were exposed. Most amazingly, she posted all of her exploits on social media. The Chinese Embassy tracked her down, and luckily she seemed symptom free by the time they found her, but she did all of that knowing she could be infecting those around her.
Anyone who wonders how these illnesses spread need look no further than their friends and family. This morning I sat in a class that I am taking with several hundred other students. Many of them would be classed as vulnerable to the flu virus. On the other side of the auditorium (luckily for me) a woman coughed continually, sounding like she belonged in bed, not in a public place. I understand going to work or school at the tail end of a virus because coughs linger, but this was not at the lingering stage. This was simply a woman whose desire to be in class was greater than her caring for those around her.
Coronavirus is half a problem people. The flu is hospitalizing hundreds of people each week, and some of these people don’t survive. Think before you act. Don’t go to a restaurant or mall while you have a fever and/or bad cold/cough. Really, your need for a sandwich doesn’t trump our need to stay healthy. Think about the server who is handling your utensils or the elderly person who sits at your table when you leave. We need to start thinking beyond our own desires if we want to avoid yearly epidemic scares.
This week I read/reviewed The 19th Christmas (Women's Murder Club) by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. Those who follow my blog know that while I am not a major Patterson fan, i do enjoy the ladies of the Women's Murder Club. It was fun spending time with “the girls” again.
As always a complete review of this book follows my blog.