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It’s time to get serious now
In my post about cancelling our trip to Japan, I was rather optimistic about the coronavirus. But as I’ve learned more about the virus and the ripple effects it will have on our world, my tune has changed.
In short: the coronavirus pandemic is serious and it is pretty bad. While I have no concerns for my immediate family’s health (we are young and healthy) I’m worried for other important reasons:
- We have regular contact with family members who are aged 70 and up. Most are healthy, but some have pre-existing conditions which may put them at greater risk.
- Those of us who are only mildly affected by the virus may unknowingly spread it to other vulnerable people in our communities.
- I worry for our medical professionals and systems. Even the world’s best systems cannot handle a sudden influx of virus-stricken patients.
- As it stands right now, there are not enough supplies to allow our medical professionals to stay safe and properly carry out their jobs.
- Manufacturing has been delayed due to the virus, and even a quick scale up is unlikely to keep up with demand for supplies if the virus explodes.
- If our medical professionals fall ill and need to be quarantined, that will further stress our medical systems.
I have other concerns, but I don’t want to list every single one, lest I create panic or unnecessary fear! I also don’t want to make it sound like we’re stuck and that there’s nothing we can do—because that’s not the case.
We can help
The important thing is to try and slow this thing down and flatten out the curve.To do that, we can all take individual responsibility to keep ourselves and our local communities healthy.
If you haven’t yet educated yourself on how to stay healthy and safe, this advice from the World Health Organization is excellent. It includes these key ways to stop the spread of the virus:
- Social distancing (the most important measure that needs to be implemented NOW).
- Frequent hand washing.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Practice good hygiene.
- Stay home if you’re unwell.
- Seek medical care early if you have more severe symptoms (but call first).
- Stay informed (see below for more).
By the way, my favourite hand washing instructions come from the amazing Dr. Bonnie Henry, who says: “Wash your hands like you’ve been chopping jalapenos and you need to change your contacts.”
Below is some rational and sobering coverage of the coronavirus and how it may affect us in the coming weeks and months. I’d encourage you to keep yourself informed by listening/watching/reading these and other credible sources of coronavirus info:
- Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now (you can’t not act after you read this)
- How soap absolutely annihilates the coronavirus (I’ve never been more excited to wash my hands!)
- Joe Rogan’s interview of infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm (alarming, but we need to hear this)
- Global News anchor Sophie Lui’s interview with Dr. Bonnie Henry (how my province, British Columbia, is handling COVID-19)
- The World Health Organization’s daily situation reports (factual daily numbers and info)
I think this is going to get much, much messier before it starts to get better. But we can all help to improve outcomes by doing our part and controlling the things that are in our control.
We’re all going to have to pull together to beat this thing. Wherever you are in the world, stay safe (and do your best to also stay calm)!
More coronavirus articles
Below is a list of informative coronavirus-related articles from other personal finance bloggers. As you stay home and practice social distancing, this should help to keep you busy and informed!
- Working from Home Tips by Keeping Up With the Bulls
- What Now? Prepare. And Help. #kindnessfightscovid by Chief Mom Officer
- How To Prepare For Short Term Emergencies by Problems and Projects
- How to Make the Most of Your Unexpected Downtime by Kathleen Celmins
- Coronavirus Cleaning Tips: Disinfect Your Home by Pantry Escapades
- How to Prepare Financially for the Coronavirus by Michelle is Money Hungry
- How to Pandemic-Proof Your Business by Erika F Consulting
- PrepperFI in the Face of COVID-19 by Tread Lightly Retire Early
- PreppierFI vs. The Pandemic by That Frugal Pharmacist
- Rebalancing the Pandemic by Dr. PayItBack
- Coronavirus Emergency by A Dime Saved
- Preparing for the Coronavirus Without Breaking the Bank by Life Before Budget
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