The country – and even the entire world – is currently divided in the whole Covid debate. Between politics, healthcare, beliefs, opinions, facts, fake news, reports, influencers, and aunts and uncles the world over – there are enough opinions that will carry this debate well into the history books.
While agreeing to disagree yet move on in a united front may not be a current option, I think one thing we can all agree on is that we are all tired.
Tired of first and foremost the Coronavirus.
Tired of isolation, quarantining, curbside pick up, social distancing, mask wearing, hand sanitizer, washing our hands, staying home, staying away, lack of closeness – lack of normal.
Our every day lives have been turned upside down and in a couple short months we’ll be marking the one year anniversary of this new strange ‘normal’ that has been forced upon us.
While pandemics have historically happened before, majority of us were not around to experience them, and those that were are the most vulnerable of us all.
Some of us feel that we are above the rules, that even if we do get this virus that we have the strength to pull through.
The fact is, we don’t get to pick how this affects us.
We don’t get to pick if we can tough this out on our own should it hit, or if we are going to be another clog in the system that is clogging up our health care system and begging the time and attention of our tired and overworked health professionals.
Being young. Being fit. Being healthy. Being strong. The things that would normal be the markers to ensure we can get through most other things, are not sure wins for us this time.
And even if they are, we also run the risk of catching the virus and not even knowing it.
Thinking we are fine and thinking that we can just carry on with our lives as normal. See others and spend time with family – unknowingly passing this on to someone who this will affect drastically differently than our own experience.
We don’t get to choose.
So why do we think that we can make the choice for us by allowing us to continue as if everything ‘is fine’ right now.
When we look at countries that have basically closed their borders, closed anything non essential, acted in the strictest and most cautious fashion – they’re coming out ahead. They have kept their numbers lower and in some cases are even opening up again. They aren’t just seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, for the most part – they’re there.
We will – eventually – get there too.
Regardless of what our beliefs are and where we stand on this virus – we need to stick together to do what is recommended so we can turn the page on this and move on.
Stay home, eliminate non essential travel, and if we feel sick – by all means – stay home.
Now is not the time to ‘tough it out’.
While understandably we don’t all have the luxury of working from home or having that as an option so that our bills can continuously get paid, there are measures in place to help those of us that need to stay home due to sickness.
And if you feel sick, or think that you may have been near something that recently tested positive – get tested.
If for no other reason than the peace of mind you’ll have for knowing exactly what you’re dealing with.
And also so that you know if you are currently positive with Covid-19, you have the knowledge and the support to stay home and keep away from others.
By flaunting the policies and procedures that are currently in place to keep us all safe and hopefully move us past this – you’re only slowing down the process.
Testing postive for Covid-19 does not carry a stigma.
However knowingly passing this on to others does.
Now is the time to stand together regardless of our beliefs and positions and just move past this. As a united front.
Once we have turned the page on this historical chapter, we can open up the debate on what worked, what didn’t, and how we might proceed differently for the next pandemic should we ever see one again in this life time.
Until then, lets be thankful for the technology that allows us to stay connected to our family and friends and loved ones.
We will get through this… Together.
Guest Blogger Rayna Davies
Rayna Davies is a graduate and practitioner of Business Management. She has developed an expertise in blogging, covering subjects like travel, world events and security. Having grown up with a father who has developed an expertise in Physical Security and Executive Protection in the RCMP and two major corporations, she has personally observed and experienced many security details. These experiences have included personally meeting HM Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and many celebrities. She presently assists Sentinel Security in Executive Protection workshops and guest blogging and also assists Gloprosec Preventative Services in Intelligence gathering and Business Administration. Her passions include World travel, having visited every continent.