Everything is happening too fast and as for Today, it has been less than just 3 months since the first cases of COVID-19 were discovered in China. Since then a lot has changed. Countries like Italy and Spain have been impacted in an unimaginable way just 1 month ago and we can learn a lot with them by preparing ourselves and taking precautions.
Still, many people are not worried about, for several reasons. Thinking about it, I consider there are some levels of awareness that lead people to be not worried about. It is not time for panic but it is time for awareness. Our generation has never experienced big threats such as Spanish Influenza and a Great World War. We tend to be traumatized by what we have already experienced and see irrationality in threats we don’t believe that can reach such magnitude. While some people are spreading panic, others on the complete opposite side are spreading a dangerous view that everything is fine, or that there is nothing to do about it.
With that in mind, I consider this non extensive list of levels of awareness, that lead people to be not worried and unprepared for the threat, even though we are seeing how the situation is for now in Spain and Italy.
- Not knowing about it and what it does. Not even worried about knowing at all. That was my level last month.
- Not worried by thinking it is a problem of far away places. A Chinese or European problem. As we can see, the virus can spread pretty fast all over the globe.
- Not worried about being affected. It is when even though they know they can get infected, they believe that this will bring no harm and that is true for the majority as the risks are minimum for people under 60.
- Not knowing the impact on elderly and other risk groups. This is when people are not aware that if we simply do nothing, we are accepting losing 15% of people over 80 years old in our community, in our world. Not mention other risk groups. It is when we are not aware that despite we are not afraid for ourselves or our families, we have a civic duty to protect our elderly by doing our part. By thinking there is nothing to do about because everybody will get it we are accepting a future we cannot imagine the impact.
Despite all of this, I’m optimistic. I believe that with the summer arriving in the northern hemisphere the worst will be gone and we have to do our part in the southern part of the planet that for most places has a winter that is not as severe as in Europe and Asia. It is a moment also to reconnect with our loved ones, and to be humble, kind and respectful to others. Panic is not good for sure, but negligence does not help either.