The Battle Between Quarantine And Freedom in America

When there is a battle between freedom and pandemic. Will it be our pride that kills us? Since I returned to the US, from the Philippines about 3 weeks ago. I can’t help but wonder; as a whole what American’s are more worried about. Is it losing their freedom or their own lives? I know that there are lots of conversations going around over wearing a mask or not? Should I self-quarantine or just business as usual. What is it that, what seems to be a small number of us in the US that wear mask, take precautions when going out, or even care about social distancing? I can only speak about my interactions on my few excursions to get food. From what I have witnessed alone or hear as to what others are currently doing. Why is America so afraid of a lockdown for 20 or even 30 days? Is it the economy, or is it their loss of freedom?

I am sure that most of the elected officials are more worried how they will be viewed. As we try to make our way out of this COVID19 pandemic.

As American’s we were born into a world of freedom and certain rights that lots of other countries do not have; or are given freely. But one thing is certain, as Americans we do take these liberties for granted. Just at the whisper of our freedom being limited or quarantined due to a pandemic. People start to flip out; and don’t stop to think as to what is happening around the world. What comes to mind for me is the saying: We can’t see the forest for the trees. I feel personally that this is relevant for what is happening around the many states that are resisting the lockdown or even managing the volunteer quarantine. I am sure that most of the elected officials are more worried how they will be viewed. As we try to make our way out of this COVID19 pandemic. What is it that we Americans find so hard about doing what is right to “flatten the curve”? I find this all very fascinating as how people react in a crisis.

Yes, we are in scary times and on a journey that was not one that we chose for ourselves. But, one that we all share across the globe. Regardless of where it originated from or who to blame. I feel we are all to blame, since we all inhabit this planet. We are over populated, limited resources, and global warming just to name a very few. I hope for myself that we all see this as a wakeup call before it’s too late. If you look over the past 63 years, we were headed in this direction. But why were we not prepared as a country? Why were our hospitals not prepared? Why were there very little local and national supplies in place or systems in place? I was looking on the CDC website regarding past pandemics that plagued us over the last 63 years. It’s quite fascinating if you think about. This is what I found. 

Now moving forward to the spring of 2009, a novel influenza A (H1N1) virus emerged

In February 1957, a new influenza A (H2N2) virus emerged and by the time it was over. The estimated number of deaths was 1.1 million worldwide and 116,000 in the United States. Then there was the 1968 pandemic. It was caused by an influenza A (H3N2) virus comprised of two genes from an avian influenza A virus, including a new H3 hemagglutinin. Now moving forward to the spring of 2009, a novel influenza A (H1N1) virus emerged. It was detected first in the United States and spread quickly across the United States and the world. Now from what I can find on this is that only 1 – 3 percent of the world’s population during the 1918 H1N1 pandemic. It is estimated that 0.001 – 0.007 percent of the world’s population died of respiratory complications associated with (H1N1) pdm09 virus infection during the first 12 months the virus circulated. Now this brings us to the current pandemic with the Coronavirus to date.

Just remember that our freedoms come at a cost. Just remember that you are not alone and we all want to regain our lives back

I know that I went off course a bit with statistics and details on the history of the past. I would just encourage all of us no matter where you live, or country that you’re in right now. Just make sure that you not only listen to the health experts out there. You are also do the right thing for you and others in this world. You may not be worried about getting sick, you won’t get it based on your religious beliefs, or just want to keep your freedom to do and go were you want. Just remember that our freedoms come at a cost. Just remember that you are not alone and we all want to regain our lives back. We can’t do this unless we all play our part and just stay home. Unless you have to go to work, get food, or even go to the hospital. Please just stay home like the rest of us. There are other countries that I know of, that are not even allowed outside. At least we can step outside into our yards, patios or even go out any hour of the day. I try to look at it as saving my life and the people that I care most about.

We just need to stop with our foolish pride and the freaking out about losing our freedom. This is just a temporary resolve to an ongoing pandemic. We need to stop spreading hate. Start handing out kindness, love, and helping each other. We as a planet are in trouble and it will take everyone doing their part. I know that masks are at a shortage in the US. I was lucky enough to bring some from the Philippines with me. If you do not have one or can get them. There are accurate ways to making a mask or even a quick one out of a piece of fabric or a t-shirt. I have listed a few links below that I find trustworthy and hope you find them useful as well. 

 A Doctor Explains How to Make the Safest Face Mask

🇺🇸 U.S. Surgeon General shows us how to make a face mask by using an old t-shirt and 2 rubber bands

Just make sure that if you are using a reusable mask. You always want to dispose of it after you safely enter your car. In which not to contaminate you or others in the process. When you take the mask off. You want to have a container of some sort with you. That you can store the mask in, until you can wash it for next use. If you move the mask down to the chin and back up over your mouth. This is cross contamination, and one that I see a lot of people doing as well as myself. I have been doing a lot of searching online to make sure that I am keeping my self-safe, when I do have to go out of the house.

Please stay safe and don’t for get to sanitize your hands frequently and wash hands for 20 seconds.

20 Seconds Saves Lives. How Surgeons Wash Their Hands

How To Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer | Dr. Ian Smith

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