The coronavirus can result in severe disease, which includes hospitalization, intensive care admission, and/or death, especially among the elderly.
We can all take action to stop its spreading through social distancing, deep hygiene, and wearing protective gear to shield people from harm.
Even though most citizens are following the advise of their governments and doctors by self-isolating in their homes, many people (especially among the young) are not taking the situation seriously enough. There seems to be a kind of selfish behavior in the air, with many people having an attitude of “It only affects old people, why should I care? I’m out to party tonight.” But contrary to popular belief, young people are far from invincible to the virus.
Speaking at an online news conference at the World Health Organization, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus issued the following warning:
“Although older people are hardest hit, younger people are not spared.”
“I have a message for young people: You are not invincible, this virus could put you in hospital for weeks or even kill you. Even if you don’t get sick the choices you make about where you go could be the difference between life and death for someone else.”
Even the daily news of Italy’s ever-increasing death toll doesn’t seem to be a sufficient warning for people to understand the severity of the situation.
But perhaps the hands-on account of the experience of a young man who was struck down by COVID 19 will help in swaying the attitude of those who refuse to heed all the advise that’s out there.
Meet Michael Bane, a US resident who started to experience the coronavirus symptoms and was later hospitalized due to the seriousness of his case.
On March 22, Michael wrote an extensive Facebook post detailing his step by step experience with the illness. Michael is 42-years-old and has no underlying health conditions. And yet what he has been going through has made him fear for his life.
“Please please PLEASE take this seriously. This could kill me. Practice social distancing. Our office shut down and I became homebound when the national emergency was declared. I wish it had happened weeks sooner. I wouldn’t have gotten this, and I wouldn’t have exposed countless other people to it while I was at work and other places asymptomatic. There is a high degree of guilt associated with that. I’m worried about my wife and child.
People have died. People will die. It might be people you love. Please stay inside. This is horrible, brutal, devastating and it feels l might be cashing my chips in. Protect the people you care about as best you can. I love you all,” Michael wrote in his post.
For all those who have asked the question “Does anyone even know anybody that has gotten the coronavirus?”, if you know…
Even though Michael’s condition is now stable, we all hope that his frightening story of dealing with this deadly disease will sway the minds of those who think that it could never happen to them.
Let us all look out for each other by doing whatever we can to protect our fellow human beings!
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