It is amazing what has happened so far in 2020 – and it is only April. The whole world is now holding its breath to see what happens with the fast spreading Corona virus. No one really knows exactly how it started, how long is the incubation period and why it spreads so fast. The scientists and medical experts think it started in China with the sale of bats, but they are not sure. They do think it jumped from animals to humans. Unfortunately, this was during the Chinese New Year’s celebration when family members from all over China and beyond traveled back to China to celebrate. When they went home, no one realized they were infected and spreading the virus. Therefore, the disease went all over the world rather quickly. This was beginning to sound like a science fiction or horror movie, as all the events came together at the right (or wrong) time to create a pandemic. But it is not science fiction or a horror movie – it is happening today. We must be brave, use common sense and band together as a nation to get through this time of the unknown. First, we must not panic – listen to the news and look at Facebook with a grain of salt – some people do not realize that their comments and posts may help to spread panic. Do not horde items from the store. There is enough to go around. If you horde, you are keeping those who have nothing from getting any. This reminds me of the 1950s when there was such a scare about the atomic bomb that people began to build fallout shelters and stock them with all kinds of supplies. Our family could not afford such things, so we just went on with life as normal. It is sad what panic can do to a country. Let us not do this to America – just go on as normal as possible, and everyone will be better off. The wisest thing to do is just to be aware. Since this is a worldwide pandemic, we are all in the same boat. Until we know more about this virus, panic will not solve anything. Uncertainty is uncomfortable. Have patience and trust in our science and medical communities – they will come up with answers. The most important thing we can do right now is wash our hands, disinfect our surroundings and help others. Also, if you feel ill, stay home and avoid contact with others. Life may change during this crisis but remember, this too shall pass. May you and your family be blessed and stay well.
SharLeigh has an inquisitive nature – she is interested in current events, history, science and many more subjects, including things that go bump in the night! Since 1997, SharLeigh has scoured the internet, looking for interesting, fun and timely topics covering all sorts of human-interest subjects for her articles from her home in Fontana, CA.