I am doing my best to stay positive, but being a bit of a news junkie and having so much time on my hands I find it next to impossible to stay away from online news on the computer and the overwhelming number of stories centered around Covid 19. Some stories really rip my heart out like the news out of Italy that they may be forced to make a decision on who gets life-saving ventilators and who doesn’t. Absolutely heartbreaking. The criteria seem to be whether you are (or were) in relatively good health prior to contracting the virus, your age, and other criteria, leaving doctors in the untenable situation of deciding who lives and who dies. These two stuck with me because 1. My husband I are no spring chickens and 2. My husband’s health. It is such an alarming and sad story.

Other stories make me downright furious such as a story I read on social media concerning staff at a popular coffee shop in Ontario cheering on the fact that the population of elderly citizens in their town will potentially be radically reduced by the virus. Apparently, the staff were young people and were joking around about the virus being a “Boomer Remover”.  Yeah, I’m not laughing either. I thought a lot about writing about this on my blog because I know these young people are in no way representative of the younger generations. But it really hurt me. I am, after all, one of the baby boomer generation. And, I know they are right, “the truth hurts”. This virus will likely wipe out a lot of older people.

As I said, I know these particular young people are not representative of their generation, but it makes me wonder if the elderly are getting the respect they deserve – not just because of age but because we are all human beings. And what about the sick and vulnerable? Do they not also deserve our concern and protection? Are people taking seriously the need for social distancing? Seeing images of crowded beaches in Florida makes me wonder. In a couple of weeks, I have no doubt that the number of people infected will jump tremendously because of the March break celebrations. It’s very frustrating. I suspect the number of deaths in Italy will pale in comparison. Perhaps it’s time government stepped up and made self isolation mandatory. In the meanwhile, there is little I can do but hope and pray. Stay healthy my friends, and stay safe.

17 thoughts on “Warning: yet another post about Covid 19, a.k.a. the Corona virus

    1. Too much time on my hands, I suppose, and Facebook is where I can connect with our very large and still growing families. I enjoy seeing photos etc. Sigh. Fortunately most posts are either funny or inspiring in one way or another. It’s all good. Life is life and it isn’t going to be all pleasant. You take care too, Sadje, and thanks for visiting once again.

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  1. I don’t even have words some days.. I swing between fury and disappointment, sadness and fear..it’s a rollercoaster of emotions for sure..esp. when you feel your fate may be tied to the behavior of IDIOTS! (sorry)

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    1. Yes, and we really have zero control over other people’s foolhardy decisions. I know young people feel invulnerable and that they will live forever. But some are just downright selfish – they must have their spring break, or they must have that vacation they had long planned on. It is what it is. All we can do is follow the protocols as given by health officials and keep hoping and praying for the best. Thanks for reading, Cindy, and I hope you find peace from the storm.

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  2. Young people are … well… young. A lot of them are (as we were) pretty clueless and self-centered. The Coronavirus is something that happens to other people, mainly those “old people,” which they are not (and it doesn’t occur to them that someday they will be). Hence, their priorities are getting to the beach, socializing, and having fun. Sad that so many of us have to learn things the hard way.

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    1. You’re absolutely right and I know that, but it’s still hard. I do remember saying and going stupid and thoughtless things when I was young. I didn’t share the link to the coffee shop story because it really was quite disturbing. They will learn, as we did, youth does not last forever.

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  3. Carol, though your post is very saddening and also frightening the same things are happening here in the UK. There is so much I could say on this but really it would just be a repeat of what you yourself are saying. Myself and my husband would be the 1st to go being both disabled sick and elderly. I am sure there are many who would love to be rid of us. I know that here in our country doctors will most likely be making decisions on who lives and who dies and we certainly wouldn’t be the one to live. I too am having trouble in getting my head around all of this and I must admit that I to become very fearful of it all. Every time you open up your computer or in my case and iPad the news is there right in front of you and you cannot avoid it. Everything is so dramatic and it just plays into every possible fear. I am glad that you have expressed this here Carol because I too would have liked to have said the same things but feel kind of as if I should suppress such thoughts and feelings on my blog. I know that we have to keep our chins up and stay positive and all of that but we have to face the very real truth of all of this and it is actually horrific. The only thing we can possibly do about it is to join hands across the oceans to support one another and to create our own community of people here where we are on WordPress and if we are able to do things to help others in our own vacinity. This was a very brief post Carol and I applaud you for making it and I totally agree with all of it. God bless you and your husband and may you know peace even in the middle of all this absolute horror Xx

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    1. Thanks so much, Lorraine. I do prefer to write posts that are more positive, but really, what is there to find that’s positive in these circumstances.
      I pray it never comes to the situation they are facing in Italy – In the U.K. or anywhere for that matter. Sending hugs across the waters and praying for us all. God bless and keep you healthy, happy, and SAFE!

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