When you live your life in fear, you are afraid until you die.
I’m a few hours late posting today’s blog. Honestly, I was struggling whether or not to even post it, because it reflects my personal opinion, and may generate a bit of a backlash due to its controversial nature.
You may have seen Venn diagrams before, though you might not have known what they were called. In a Venn diagram, you group items in two or more circles, and if they have anything in common, the circles overlap. It is a way of listing interrelated content to show how things connect.
When I started writing my weekly blog InstantCoffeeWisdom.com it was with the intent of demonstrating that success and happiness are yours for the taking. A way of showing you ‘the possible’ where you only saw ‘impossible’. These weekly articles are a sort of a series of interlocking Venn diagrams. I started out writing about microeconomics, built up to macroeconomics, then discussed how your views on finance, religion and politics are connected. Since the beginning of the 2020, I’ve been focusing on how your health is interconnected to your finances.
Which brings us to the elephant in the room, Covid-19. I honestly do not want to write about the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, but if there is a bigger Venn diagram linking health, wealth, politics, etc, I certainly can’t think of one. Because Covid-19 is such a hot-button topic impacting every major country on Earth, I feel a duty to my readers to discuss the subject. You may not like what I have to say.
Full disclosure: I am a Trump supporter, and I am of the opinion that the virus is being politicized. By that I mean that the liberal media is using it to stoke fear, to spread misinformation, and to make President Trump look bad in the eyes of voters in a effort to deny him a second term. This is an election year.
If you hate Trump, nothing he says or does will ever be good, right, or intelligent. Nothing I say on this subject will change the way YOU feel. Likewise, bashing Trump will not go over well with me. I support my president 100% and no person on Earth is more qualified to lead the USA during this crisis. Whether you chose to believe it or not, President Donald J. Trump cares about you and your country, and is doing everything in your best interest.
Yes, I am ‘concerned’ about Covid-19, but I am more concerned by the economic ramifications than I am by the health implications. Covid-19 ‘can’ kill you, but so can the flu and countless other diseases.
It is my personal conviction that the very best way to beat this disease is to be healthy enough in the first place by living a healthy active lifestyle.
Worldwide over 650,000 people have gotten Covid-19. 30,000 have died, but 100,000 have fully recovered. In the USA we have over 100,000 confirmed cases, and less than 2,000 deaths. The US population is 330,000,000. Some smaller countries like Italy have been harder hit. Yes Covid-19 is highly contagious, so if YOU are sick you need to self-quarantine. Same goes if you have a weak immunity system. Stay home. From my perspective, the percentage of getting the virus is so small, and the chances of dying so small that I’m not worried . Everyone of us is going to die from something, someday. By having a healthy active lifestyle, we increase our chances of living a long and productive life. No matter what precautions we take, risks we dare, or calculations we make, NOTHING is guaranteed in life. I refuse to let fear run my life. God is in control.
I have co-workers and friends who are freaking out with worry and blind panic over this disease. If you accidently sneeze or cough, you are treated like you’re trying to kill them. They wear masks and rubber gloves, and I keep waiting for one of them to show up wearing a full hazmat containment suit one day. I don’t wear either gloves or a mask, and maybe I’ll use hand sanitizer once or twice a year on a whim. I certainly don’t bathe in gallons of the stuff like the people around me are doing right now. Either I’m right, or I’m wrong. Ask me next year how I made out.
There’s an epidemic of what I call ‘well-shaming’ and ‘single-shaming’ going on. If you’re healthy and well, you’re being told that you’re asymptomatic and just because you feel fine doesn’t mean you don’t have the virus, so YOU should stay home so THEY can be safe. And if you’re single and well, you’re being told the same thing, that YOU should stay home so that THEIR family will be safe. If YOU are worried that I MAY infect YOU, by all means please stay as far away from me as makes you feel safe for as long as you need to. If you are immune compromised with a weak immune system you need to be very careful with everything YOU do and YOU need to take every precaution that YOU need to take to ensure that YOU don’t get the virus. I want you to be happy and healthy. Don’t worry about me, I’m fine, and I am doing what I think is right for me. Just don’t tell me what you FEEL I SHOULD be doing, because I just may tell you WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO DO! This is still a free country.
LET’S TALK HYGIENE!
Proper hygiene is essential to good health. As the old saying goes, ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’. You should always practice good hygiene, pandemic or no pandemic.
- Wash your hands frequently, especially after going to the restroom, or before handling food.
- Avoid touching your face
- Cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing, use a tissue if you have one handy.
- Clean and disinfect frequently used items and surfaces.
- Bathe daily
- Wear clean clothes
- If you’re sick, stay home!
I’M ALL OUTTA BUBBLEGUM!
Aside from illness, the Covid-19 panic has lead to widespread shortages as people began hoarding various goods. Most Americans have never faced such widespread shortages of needed groceries, shut downs of shops and services not deemed essential. We are not used to being told NOT to go to church, not to travel, not to gather socially. The last time we had nationwide rationing of foodstuffs was probably during World War II. It’s certainly the first time in my lifetime that the nation has been virtually locked down.
Again, if you’ve been reading my blog from the beginning, you may recall my early article Oh no! Not Again! from October 22, 2017. If you followed my advice, you had a fully stocked larder with plenty of supplies to fall back upon. You had cash reserves to see you through as businesses closed under government orders, and people were told to stay home.
If you failed to follow my advice, sorry, but I did try to warn you. My heart bleeds for the single mom struggling to make ends meet who went to buy the ONE pack of diapers she desperately needed only to find bare shelves. Or the person that needed toilet paper, and tried pleading for ONE pack with a greedy hoarder who filled their shopping cart with every last roll on the shelves. These people never expected to encounter these types of shortages. It’s like telling little Billy not to touch the hot stove, only to hear an ear-splitting wail of pain not five minutes later. Pain is a powerful teacher . It is sad and unfortunate that some people must experience hardship in order to learn valuable life lessons. Things will get better, most of us will be just fine. Some of us will sail through this unscathed, and some of us are going to suffer either because we filed to do the right thing at the right time.
Fortunately On March 27, 2020 President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act, a relief package aimed at mitigating some of the economic fallout caused by efforts to allay the spread of Covid-19. Employees furloughed, laid off, or fired will begin receiving a onetime stimulus check to help tide them over. Retirees will be getting checks also according to AARP. Payments may be arriving as early as this Monday for some. The quicker that people get back to work, the faster life will get back to normal. The longer business are shut down, the less likely they will be able to ever open their doors again. There are provisions in the CARES Act which will provide business both small and large with government loans. Hopefully the country will heal as a nation and become stronger. Hopefully people will learn from their mistakes and be better prepared for the next disaster. We hope for the best, but should prepare for the worst. As always I wish you success and happiness!