I read a lot of news. I’m retired, I have the time, and if I find something interesting I can research it deeper and possibly use it in one of my novels. But I discovered something today. As our two crises deepen, the coronavirus and our reaction to it, there are just some things I don’t care about. Let’s face it, the virus is a pandemic that MAY wind up affecting millions in this country (the numbers are already starting to exceed my projections.) People’s reaction to it has caused critical shortages that are already affecting millions. So, I don’t care about Megan and Harry’s summer plans. I couldn’t possibly care less who does or doesn’t want to become a politician or even who won a debate that came with a foregone conclusion. We have bigger things to think about, not worry about, think about.
Toilet paper seems to be the new currency or is about to be. This is as stupid as anything I’ve ever encountered. Joseph Gayetty invented toilet paper in 1857, what do you think people did before that? How many of you have ever been camping and not had any? The nice thing about toilet paper in the United States is most people flush it away after use. A lot of you may not realize that in many other countries, China included, it’s usually THROWN AWAY like refuse? Not very sanitary and a possible vector for some pretty serious diseases, but that’s how it’s done. For those of you still worried about it, here’s an article for you:
There are more serious problems than toilet paper shortages starting to appear right now. I have been informed that in some areas food in the stores has already become an issue. Produce, milk, meat, fish, bread, noodles, and processed foods are gone from the shelves. Why? Because you might have to ‘hunker down’ for a month? Again, stop being stupid.
Social distancing does not mean you can’t go to the store. It means, wipe the handle of the cart if you can. Be mindful to not touch your face while shopping. When you get home wash your hands because, in most cases, you probably handled some change and money is one of the dirtiest things there is. Wash your face because you probably touched it too. This is just because we still don’t know for sure how long the coronavirus lives on surfaces.
We need to all keep in mind, nothing has killed off our food sources. If people would stop getting crazy in the stores they could restock as usual. Do you really want the government to go back to a World War II footing and start forced rationing? That’s the point we are rapidly getting to. I didn’t have to live through that, but I know people who did, and they didn’t like it one little bit. For those of you too young to even know what rationing is, it’s when the government takes complete control of certain basic items and tells you exactly how much of what you can have every week or month. Sort of like Socialism or Communism or a Dictatorship. Is that what you really want?
STOP.ACTING.STUPID. You know who you are, you know that you are STILL planning on going out and buying up whatever you can because you are scared. But all you are doing is feeding that fear and making it worse.
We should all be able to go to the store and buy our monthly supply of toilet paper and tissues. Every single one of us should be able to walk in and buy fresh lettuce and a loaf of bread. No one should be forced to walk out without their gallon of milk. But the STUPIDS out there are making it so.
Let me put it in perspective. So far, 69 people have died in the United States from the coronavirus. More than 90 people die EVERY DAY in car accidents. Almost 40,000 people were killed in automobile accidents last year. It’s an epidemic! Run for the hills! The sky is falling!
Stop being one of the STUPIDS. We can flatten the curve on COVID-19 to the point where our healthcare system is able to keep up. But we need to follow the recommendations and flat-out orders of our Federal, State, and local government officials because they are (finally) listening to the doctors. But we can’t flatten the curve if all the necessities are missing. Get enough food and medicine to last you one month. Non-perishable items. You are not going through two 24 packs of toilet paper in a month unless there is something medically wrong with you already.
For those of you who are out there panic buying with your credit cards, at some point you will need to pay that bill. I don’t think any of the bills in Congress talk about forgiving that debt or reducing your interest payments. You will have to find a way to pay the piper in the end.
I doubt this post will have much effect on the STUPIDS out there, but I have to try.
Stay safe. Learn what social distancing really means. Flatten the curve.