I keep hearing people say, "Have Perspective" regarding COVID-19. Every time I hear it, it's usually someone who seems to be down playing the reality of the virus so to take their advice, let's have perspective.
China shut off an entire city of 10+ million people over a few thousand "official" cases. As the cases grew, nearly the entire country was quarantined . Really? I was in China during SARS and H1N1. None of that happened over a few thousand confirmed cases of those new viruses. Think about that for a moment. That doesn't even sound logical unless the official figures were far worse than being reported, which is highly probable. Most experts believe it is much higher larger due to the unreported infections and even deaths.
World Health Organization (WHO) states COVID-19 has a higher mortality rate than the season flu - 3.4% vs 0.1% for seasonal flu. That makes COVID-19 more than 30xs deadlier than the season flu, if accurate.
The major flu strains have been around quite a while so of course the overall numbers are higher. It's embedded in far more places around the world. But COVID-19 is new. It's new to the US. It's new to the whole world. The world has zero immunity to it.
It is believed by experts that you can contract COVID-19 from asymptomatic people. If you are unfamiliar with that term, it is someone who has the virus but show no symptoms whatsoever. No fever. No cough. No sneezing. No nothing. Just healthy looking and acting people can spread the virus to others.
They say masks don't help but I disagree. If an asymptomatic person can spread the virus without knowing they are infected while officials are telling healthy people to not wear a mask, then they are telling asymptomatic people who have never been tested for the virus to not wear a mask. But if everyone wore a mask, asymptomatic people would less likely spread the virus by default. I believe wearing masks is one of the means that helped the spread in China to calm down, even though I strongly believe their figures are far higher than being reported. It is law in China, as of Jan, that you have to wear a mask when in public, no exceptions, during this period of time.
Most people will recover if they contract the virus. Most age groups are not at high risk. But even though this is true, we should not be passive or dismissive with this virus because those groups who are at high risk face a very high risk of complications and death. Every life is valuable and dismissing it as "Not a big problem" is problematic.
This is a current issue and it does consume our headlines. This is not a democratic hoax or a headline to be politicized by either side of the political spectrum. We need to be prepping individually and collectively as communities, governments need to be transparent (I know i'm asking a lot) but we do not need to panic (again, I'm asking a lot). We need to think about how we can help one another rather than acting like Lone Rangers who have it all figured out.
If you want perspective, here is mine.
Steve Schirmer, President of Silk Road Catalyst and co-Host of Missions Talk. Least Reached Advocate. Dedicated to No Place Left.