Flatten the Curve: Stay at Home

This is a rant and a personal "commentary" on my part re. the coronavirus and social distancing.

In the last week, I cancelled some plans to attend bigger group events. SOME folks took the cancellation very personally.

Usually, I wouldn't address this publicly, but I will this time because the coronavirus isn't about you and it isn't personal.

We all have a duty to flatten the curve. We cannot stop the virus from doing what viruses do, but we can do our part to stop it from spreading. Social distancing is the responsible thing to do at this stage. It gives our healthcare system the best chance at treating the people who are sick with the virus (and other stuff) so that they can hopefully be saved.

The thing about some viruses is this: You might carry it and not know until later. This is a problem because you are contagious before you show symptoms. Also, depending on many factors, you might be infected and show so minimal signs that you might never know you're sick.

Social distancing is an important tool to prevent you from unknowingly passing the disease around.

Using myself as an example:
a) I sit next to Office Buddy whose mother is > 80
b) The Boss is in remission from cancer
c) I work in a hospital with very sick people
d) I live with a whole group of people on residence, some of whom are immunocompromised

Now, personally, bad things can happen if I get ill. The likelihood that I will get a seizure increases quite dramatically when I get very ill.

BUT, overall I'm healthy and I'm not immunocompromised which means the chances I will get very ill is lower than the people I work with and/or live with.

Just because my chances of getting very ill is lower doesn't mean I can't get OB's mum, TB, or the hospital patients very ill. That doesn't mean I can't pass it to front-line workers and the whole of society especially needs them to be well now.

Stay at home where you can. Just like herd immunity, we all have a role to play.

It's not always about you.