So these are the signs of the times of Coronavirus.
Pictures telling us not to cough on Granny.
Cover your germy mouth!
Don’t get the older and more vulnerable amongst us sick.
I was in the elevator the other day, standing in the corner next to the elevator buttons.
Someone else — an older person — gets on with a big (double size) shopping cart.
He’s standing in the opposite back corner (kitty corner from me) with this huge cart between us.
Then he starts yelling at me, literally, to “get in the corner!”
Ah, I’m already in the opposite corner.
He’s huffing and puffing angry that he wants me to literally get up against both walls.
I was almost tempted to say something like maybe you should just get off and catch the next elevator Sir.
But I held my tongue, in part out of sympathy for these elderly people who are obviously really scared (and maybe rightfully so) of the Coronavirus.
Sometimes, I think to myself what if we were really hit at some point in the future with a very deadly bioweapon that was expressly designed to kill and to repulse any sort of countermeasures against it.
What if the fatality rate was 1/3 to 2/3 of the population like in the Middle Ages Bubonic Plague or even higher like 100% of anyone that gets infected from a military-grade, genetically modified virus (similar to effects from Ebola).
Maybe it’s not good to ask what ifs, but if we are really going to learn anything from this, then I think we need to extrapolate from the relatively minor now to the potential major down the road.
If you think we have hysteria, deaths, and $2.2 trillion U.S. impact now, this is just a glimpse of what could actually happen.
We need to seriously rethink our disaster preparedness and response — big time. ;-)
(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)