NOTICE – read at your own risk, just some general ramblings from a bord and worried traveler.
People are getting restless, understandably so. Nearing the end of April and we have basically been staying home since around March 9th. Besides the grocery store, and a couple of scenic drives we have stayed home. Not really a huge change for us except we are staying in one place and exploring scenic drives has declined dramatically. But you have to remember that we are not normal!!!
Over 27 MILLION people have filed for unemployment in the last 5 weeks!!! Think about that, these are the people who could get thru to file. Can not imagine the tremendous stress this must be having on pay-check to pay-check people, single married one child or four. This is everyone, almost. Most people do not have more than a couple of months of savings if any. Been there done that says 99% of us.
I do believe that WE (Randy and I) have always had a safety net via family or friends. We have never felt completely helpless, can not imagine how this must feel to so many people these days, not only financially, but emotionally with loved ones being sick.
From what we understand if you are sick enough to go to a hospital, you must be in really bad shape. Once dropped off you can not have family visitors etc. and I can only wonder how often the family at home gets an update on their family member?? No disrespect to medical providers it is not their primary job to do this. Disrespect to this virus being so contagious that you may likely spend your dying days alone if you get really sick… I don’t want to be sitting at home alone for possibly weeks not even able to reach out and touch friends and family for support while my loved one is alone in a hospital possibly dying?!?!? Such a very sad situation this must be for so many… Thanking lucky stars and butterflies that we to date don’t have anyone close infected.
So given the grave economic situation, and medical for those infected. The question still remains is it really that bad? These two different situations may very well look at the virus in different ways. Obviously, people are getting sick and unfortunately dying. But many can’t feed their family and don’t know what the future may hold for them. They are most likely also having to navigate the concept of home schooling or at least on line which may be more difficult. This could easily get out of control.
Not to mention the mental health issues that this situation is more than likely causing or intensifying. Depression, drug and alcohol abuse, child or spousal abuse, loneliness, anxiety, the list is endless.
The experts think it is serious, and as I said people are dying, over 54,000 to date (4/26/20). There is still a lack of testing in the US (whether number, access, supplies or reliability is all up for debate right now), so don’t believe that we really know the extend of the problem yet. Personally, I don’t understand how we can move forward with out knowing the extent of the problem… Again, just my opinion.
As I said I don’t personally know anyone who has been infected by this virus and out of the entire US population is 54,000 a lot? Families are being torn apart, the economy is falling apart, most of the country is closed except for what is considered essential workers; I can understand the extreme urge to want to go back to work and return to the way things used to be “normal.” But transmission is occurring in asymptomatic people!! You or they have no idea who is infected and who is not… This is a very contagious virus, and you can be asymptomatic for up to 14 days before getting sick or you may never show symptoms at all?? So, the precautions we are all taking (including closing businesses) are to protect others. Young healthy people MAY not be seriously affected by this virus, but for older people or people with pre–existing conditions it COULD be a death sentence…
For once, I agreed with President Trump and his philosophy for reopening our country. In stages, starting after first proving that there had been a reduction in cases for 14 days straight in a specific area then certain restrictions could be lifted. Fourteen days after the first restriction are lifted if cases are still going down more restrictions could be lifted, etc. To me this sounds like a reasonable approach.
But instead of following this approach, some states are choosing to begin opening beaches, parks, businesses, etc with no evidence of a downward trend in their states. Georgia has become famous for being one of the first to allow businesses to open and get this list of eligible businesses, salons, hair dressers, barbershops, bowling alleys, gyms, nail salons and tattoo parlors… It is being said that allowing the businesses to open prevents them for continuing to collect unemployment. If you are allowed to open and you choose not to the benefits are not there. There by reducing the states unemployment burden. Leaving some of the most vulnerable even more defenseless.
There have also been demonstrations in many state capitols calling to open the states. Most seem to be skin head types carrying long guns, and our esteemed president says that he understands and they are very good people. Almost makes me sorry I agreed with his reopening plan…
Trump loves to divert dodge and deflect all responsibility at any cost. This is not new, but given the dire straights the country is currently experiencing it is very dangerous. As a country we basically wasted most of January and all of February before reacting to this threat. Over and over they said it was “under control” and would vanish with warm weather in April, or would one day just disappear… but it hasn’t. Then it became China’s fault for not telling anyone, and now the World Health Organization is at fault for not acting … The latest Trump during one of his briefings started asking questions about injecting light or disinfectant in to the body to kill the virus. As I said this is getting dangerous…
I don’t know where I am going with all of this, or what the answers are. I just know that this is a very scary time in America, with little direction and even less leadership. I personally would just like to wake up from this dream and continue our adventures!!!
Peace and Love out…