This is a bit different than most S2S posts, but I and the other mods just wanted to clear about some facts about COVID-19, and what we can and must do to save lives and stop the spread.
We ALL need to Wear Masks and practice Physical Distancing, to save lives and to be able to open up again as soon as it’s safe. They are the MOST important things we CAN do because they dramatically reduce spread of the HIGHLY contagious coronavirus.
They are not things that only “cowards” or “high risk” people do. Millions of people all around the world have been following these guidelines for 8 months now--and they’ve sacrificed a lot--so it’s not really fair to let them suffer more while we go about our own lives as if nothing happened...because it has.
Physical distancing is hard on each and every one of us, we’re all at different special stages in life (for instance, I’m missing my senior year in high school) and social interaction is important to all of us and it’s definitely incredibly hard to limit ourselves to safe ways of interaction only. That being said, it is critically important that we get everyone on the same page if we want to ever beat this virus.
COVID-19 is deadly, and it does need to be taken seriously. If we all make some sacrifices, we will be able to get back to the social lives that we all love so dearly, and we won’t have to watch the death numbers go up every day, knowing that one day one of those could be us or someone we love.
The virus is highly contagious, which means one person’s action DO impact the world as a whole, because even one person who gets sick and spreads it to a few friends will start a chain reaction of exponential growth, (For example, when the cases go from 1 to 4 to 10 to 25 to 40 to 100 to 1000 very quickly.), and some of those people will sadly lose their lives. Almost all of the recent outbreaks have been due to gatherings of family and friends, the virus does not make any exceptions for being with someone you love.
For more information on what restrictions ALL of us should follow, as well as the science behind why they work, I strongly suggest that everyone checks out the CDC’s page on social distancing (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/social-distancing.html).
I know it’s not the same, but we’ve all found many ways we can still keep in touch with our friends and family outside our households. So if anyone thinks it’s too hard, I strongly suggest you talk to any of our veteran distancers! I’m happy to provide advice as well. I know it’s difficult, but it’ll be well worth it in the end.
I hope this helps. We just wanted to share some facts about this virus and what we can do about it, take care everyone <333