100,000 killed by covid-19. How to react or make sense of it when our coronavirus dead expect our company? From South Africa, this is a global view of possible cures, conspiracies and more…
INTRO: OUR 100,000 DEAD EXPECT OUR COMPANY
It’s 11 April 2020. Today marks more than 100,000 of us killed by COVID-19, the disease caused by the latest coronavirus. It’s probable that the 1.7-million known cases are exponential. Several researchers are estimating 10-million infections.
It’s likely that many of the dead have been disregarded by mistake or nefarious intention.
“In medicine, comorbidity is the presence of one or more additional conditions co-occurring with a primary condition.” Comorbidities such as lung infections and heart attacks may have been labelled as the primary cause of death, patients (and then their corpses) having never been tested for the coronavirus. Maybe the biggest comorbidity to what’s happening is our mental state.
Politically, in a new slant to the Cold War of ideologies, some countries are pretending to be healthier than they are. Others have no empathy, failing to acknowledge the poor, let alone help them.
Consequently, it’s essential to understand our situation, more so because personal lockdown and economic shutdown cannot (and must not) last. Unfortunately, repetitively vapid talk show hosts and career politicians have drowned out doctors, scientists, real journalists and insightful bloggers. It’s up to us to research and inform each other.
If you don’t believe that 100,000 brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, grandfathers, grandmothers, lovers, friends and toddlers deserve our constructive attention, at least believe in the safety of your own health as we breathe our way towards half a million corpses. Unfortunately, I’m not being melodramatic. That scary figure is possible this year. Excluding Australia and Antarctica, that’s ‘only’ 100,000 per continent. And, every year thereafter, more of us will become ash in a crematorium.
I want to scare you but only so that we travel past that to where we’re less scared, as we are with the flu (but with less stupidity and more positive action). Surely, for example, it’s as important to know that ventilators can kill us, instead of only reiterating their shortage.
LET’S GET INTELLIGENT TOGETHER
If ‘The Walking Dead’ made its next season about this crisis, it’d be renamed ‘The Walking Dumb’ because of inappropriate under-reaction and hysterical overreaction. In between, governments blow smoke so that truth is chokingly absent.
I’m not a scientist, doctor, banker or politician. That doesn’t mean that I have to be an uninformed fool. Neither do you. Beyond this ‘try-to-grab-your-attention’ introduction, I’ll be more informative than emotional. I’ll look at the big picture, provide answers and emphasise the unanswered. I will speak globally, and mention my South Africa as tragic example of the ignored ‘Third World’. Between the cantankerous and the corpses, I’ll recommend activities to keep you occupied.
I may sometimes speak in the first person but the overarching meaning must be the collective “We” and “Us”. Fear, death, drugs, opportunists and the Internet of Things are our new world order. To deal with it, we’re going to have to embrace more than we want to. Because we’re the best survivors, we will. It’s in our nature to aim for a smile. As amazing as that is, we’ll be more wonderful as citizen activists.
CORONAVIRUS CITIZEN ACTIVISM
Viruses don’t give a damn what we believe. They’re indifferent to our death. They just want replicate quicker than we die. It’s a zero sum game that only we can alter.
It matters being a citizen. We’re the majority of our species. Without us, there’s no community, society or country. We have an important role to perform.
Say it again and again until you believe it as reality rather than passing comment when watching television or voting every couple of years – WE MATTER. The only thing worse than allowing someone to treat us as if we don’t, is if we act as if it’s helplessly true. We matter – infinitely more than those who will manipulate our misery to their financial or geopolitical advantage.
As an activist the past 10 years, I know real conspiracies, and how it erodes our daily lives. My life is often a struggle. Correspondingly, I despise fake conspiracy theorists who dilute the work we do to try hold Government and Public Figures accountable (or, at least, slow down their selfish plans).
I’d be more caring than callous if I treated the ‘covid abduction’ of Donald Trump, David Icke and Michael Tellinger, and every real ‘lizard’, as recovery for a sick planet.
I’m against the hateful alt right and dumbfounding religious conservatism but that doesn;t place me on a stand in the opposing camp. I’m an equal opportunity, logical insulter. The USA’s Democratic Party and South Africa’s Democratic Alliance have denigrated liberalism to the point where I refuse to be labelled as a liberal… or a member of any traditional ideology hurting honesty. I’m attempting to impartially address our health. I refuse to be a gang member deliberately colouring the coronavirus with political bias.
SOMETHING TO BELIEVE IN
More important than disbelief is having something to believe in. I believe in our common good, in community doism and personal minimalism. But pragmatism takes effort, and is impossible without Truth being its best friend. Truth includes knowing who we are and what we’re capable of.
We’re the sum of our past and our hopes for the future. We’re far more than what we are now which is the herd that invites the wolves to breakfast, lunch and supper, and then into our beds for awful, unlawful copulation. We’re too often victims by choice, as often in our heads as in the real world. It’s insane to be dwarves for giants when we’re collectively taller.
It worries me that we don’t have a map, that we’re happy to walk left and then right, so that we’re found in the same place we began because someone we didn’t elect told us to. It’s a masks off/masks on game we don’t have to play. From our giant height of humanity, coronavirus facts and probabilities show us where we’ve come from so that we’ve an improved idea of where to go. We may not have the GPS coordinates but let’s at least walk towards where the sun will rise again.
The future cannot avoid opinion but those, especially mine, must be substantiated and challenged. I want to be a listener to all sides that present sensible facts assisting understanding.
I’m an asthmatic, not one of those courageous folk working in the hospitals or testing township dwellers. I’ve been isolated in a small but adequate cottage with good shower pressure for 30 days.
I haven’t been able to fully enjoy the fact that I haven’t had to move again (another story, regarding my activism against corruption) because, from my window, I witness a quarantine breaker. My retired neighbour regularly leaves to buy milk and visit girlfriends. I know that because he explained his intentions at the start: “I need fresh milk because long-life milk has a funny taste… and it can’t be expected that I ignore the people I’ve always known [incidentally, one is a nurse].”
No matter him, as a representative of something bigger, making me want to scream, I can close my window and focus on what I’ve control over. The bigger point here is that this shutdown cannot perpetuate. We need to adapt to our latest new normal, more consciously and conscientiously than we have before. We may occasionally trip over the body of a loved one, but life goes on – evolution is as astounding as we’re awesome.
WARNING: Washing my brain may take longer than the recommended 20 seconds. Everything I had to say was only meant to be this long. Instead, I’m far from finished.
Finance, with emphasis on the United States of America, will be the most important topic in the long-term as it influences all of us. As example of non-celebrity countries, my South Africa will be mentioned too. But everything, at minimum, will lessen my crowded thoughts, and hopefully put what’s left into manageable order.
I’m coughing this out in a day so that it all comes from the same place. I’ll include links to exceptional articles and videos. If interrupted, because my data dries up, I’ll make a plan.
My wish is that readers examine my droplets, add their own, and that we get infected with knowledge that makes us anti-feverish together.
These are the intended titles for my future thoughts. That may change as I hopelessly avoid thinking more. Some will be short but, considering my existing failure, I’m not going to plan limits.
- Intro: Our 100,000 Dead Expect Our Company (as above)
- Part 1: Defining Coronaviruses, SARS-CoV-2 & Covid-19
- Part 2: A Timeline of SARS-CoV-2
- Part 3: Infection & Death statistics
- Interruption: For Hamburgers & Lizards
- Part 4: President Ramaphosa, come clean about CoViD-19
I’ll add links to the above as I post. You can subscribe if you want to receive notifications as I stutter.
THANK YOU TO OUR EVERYDAY HEROES
To the health workers, food cashiers, police, soldiers and cleaners helping us – thank you. To the parents patiently keeping their confined kids occupied – kudos.
To the opportunists – thieves, spouse abusers and child molesters – may you join the ‘lizards’ in deepest space.
To fellow human beings, let’s be sensible together.
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