ORIGINAL: Bruce Johnson
This disease does seem to impact disproportionately those who are advanced in age, have a compromised immune system, (Herman Cain just died of Covid because of that), or have other preexisting medical conditions such as being overweight, kidney problems, etc. My mother is bunkered down in her condo accepting only necessary care givers. Even we family members are not visiting her. My sister, a retired nurse, told me bluntly that if she gets Covid she will die for sure.
On the other hand, there are certainly many more individuals who have been infected than we can know. When we hear about a football player being infected, we are not really fearing for their lives more than wondering how it will impact the teams fortunes. I am guilty of that.
Prevention certainly is better than a cure, so I am all for social distancing, sterilization measures and the isolation of those who are most at risk. For those who are young and healthy I am more of the mindset that they shouldn't be intimidated by the disease. So for example, I am a strong proponent for still having football- both in college and in the NFL. I'm also in favor of children going back to school because there are certain adverse consequences if they don't. I know that there's a certain element of risk, but there is risk every time we get into an automobile. Even if we have good driving skills and practice defensive driving, still bad things can happen. Kobe Bryant had to know that there were some risks in getting into a helicopter. I have determined for myself that the benefits outweigh the risks. I'm trying really hard not to cross the line into political talk here, but that is my perspective. If someone has a different opinion, that doesn't make them a bad person- just we think differently and it's good if we can have conversations with each other with out bashing each other. Just like any issue, there are two sides that have points to be made and heard.
Great post Bruce. My intent is to have intelligent discussion regarding this virus. Some are trying to paint me as a person who does not care about it. That couldn't be further from the truth. I'm following the safety recommendations, but I'm not going to live my life in fear. Reasonable precautions is my mantra. Move forward while taking reasonable precautions.
my mind set is that this is the new normal. You can head down to your basement and board up the windows like hoiseth or you can continue living life as safely as you can.
Oline...early and often this draft