Using the tools at their disposal, Facebook has blocked and, in some cases, suspended the accounts of people who post things about the virus gripping the world.
I would suppose they don’t have the workforce to separate fact from fiction so better just to stop it all, keeping disinformation campaigns from spreading much like the virus itself.
Why; look at the store shelves.
Humans, like it or not, are not that far removed from our four-legged friends, and we can be manipulated to ‘stampede.’ Emotions and yes, fear is one of those emotions, and is a hell of a motivator!
In the London bombing of a music concert, it was not the explosion so much as the trampling of others that did much of the damage. That is why it is illegal to yell ‘FIRE’ in an auditorium. People will react en masse as part of the fight or flight instinct. Buying skid loads of toilette paper and hand sanitizer is just one example of how we can be herded.
This is a time for calm, rational thought and clear-headed approaches to daily life. This is a time to rise above your ‘programming’ and think.
I would like to explain to you why it is essential to self-isolate yourselves.
I titled this piece ‘they tell two friends’ because you all have seen the commercial for a shampoo that by now is somewhat dated, but still an accurate metaphor for this virus.
Since we know that you can have the virus and not be aware of it makes this virus particularly dangerous. Contracting it, you can go days before you are mindful that something is amiss. By the time you decide to see your doctor or begin to suspect something is not right; how many have you infected?
Yes, you can be asymptomatic and still very contagious.
In medical parlance, it is referred to in this manner.
Scientists believe that each infected person will give or spread the contagion to three (3) people. It is called R(0) or R naught. That number is different for each disease in that it is the contagion efficacy or spreadability factor.
Covid 19 has a value of 3. Other diseases have different values.
If you are number one, follow the steps.
As you can see, in just 15 short steps we are now at over 14 million people from just one carrier.
Why does it have this number?
This mutation of the coronavirus has an RNA strand that we have not seen before. There are no defense mechanisms against it, other than your immune system.
In ‘nature’s’ world those creatures with compromised immune systems and by that it could simply be age, contract viruses like this, and die off. Darwin knew a thing or two, whether you like it or not.
By the aged population dying off, they either assured enough food for the rest or became food for others. In the world of nature, everything is recycled. In animal pacts, the old or diseased were shunned by the herd.
Through medical advances, the average life expectancy of ‘mankind’ has gone from the mid 30’s to about twice that. That is all fine and dandy until we are faced with something that we don’t have a medical ‘fix’ for.
Doing your part to lower that R number is imperative to give our health professionals time to treat the infected and to develop methods for managing them. Drowning in your phlegm is not a pretty way to go. Early reports were that young people without underlying health conditions were pretty much immune. Not so fast, we are seeing younger people in their thirties in critical condition. Nobody is safe.
Italy is currently faced with the reality of only assisting those that have a good chance of pulling through while leaving those that won’t to drown in mucus. I am certain Italy was not the first and will not be the last to make these gut-wrenching decisions. If you have ever fished and watched a fish gasping for breath on the bank of the river, imagine that fish as a human. Not a pretty sight.
Do your part. Wash your hands, stay away from crowds, and resist the false narratives by the media who are using this as a political cudgel. They are shameless, pathetic weasels using fear to manipulate the mob. Someone is pulling their strings. Someone with deep pockets is using this as a mechanism to effect change for some grand plan.
This is a time for calm, kindness, and grace. Do what you can for those that cannot, and use common sense when you are out and about. We are not animals. We care for our own, and that means our parents or grandparents.
We will get through this and be the better for it. The lessons we are learning today are eye-openers as to why we should not develop biological weapons. Viruses know no boundaries when it comes to who they infect. Race or other identity politically charged assaults don’t exist. They are equal opportunity messengers of death and destruction, much like the atomic bomb. The main difference is with biological weapons; it only takes one improperly placed safety device or one failure of a positive air pressure suit to release the genii. The virus infects a worker, he or she leaves for the day, and you have patient ZERO.
With tens of thousands traversing the globe daily, the carriers are there. The microscopic life forms that we carry with us (pathogens) are not detained at the borders. They have no passports and like this virus can go undetected until it has multiplied by the tens of millions.
I shudder to think where Ebola really came from or H1N1 or even HIV. I am a writer of science fiction, so I do think outside the box. We have no idea what goes on in little laboratories in countries where money cuts through the red tape. People are corrupt and stupid when it comes to weapons. In my novel Under Roswell, I talk about it in detail, of course, in a fictional environment.
This is an excellent time to read, reflect, and stay safe. If not lost in some novel, you might try picking up the Bible. There are 66 books there that many, including myself, find comfort in. Pray for wisdom for humanity. We can do some pretty fantastic things, or we can destroy the world with the push of a button, or have some tired worker forget some safety protocol.
Much Love -TW