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Coronavirus – A Test Of Our Humanity

Coronavirus – A Test Of Our Humanity

By Susan Williams

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic sweeps across the globe, we can’t help but be reminded of how connected and dependent we are of each other to end this devastating disease.

As of today, there isn’t a vaccine or a medication we can take that will eliminate this disease from the planet. The only solutions we have is our dependence on each other to follow public health authorities guidance of social distancing, washing our hands, not touching our face and self isolating at the first sign of any symptoms.

This also is a test of our humanity. It’s a test of how much are we willing to sacrifice for each other in order to save us all.

Older adults or people who have serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or lung disease are at the highest risk for serious illness from this disease. So this is not only a situation about protecting ourselves, but also importantly protecting those that are most vulnerable.

But as the world begins to shut things down like sporting events and concerts, public places such as schools and government buildings, we are seeing how well we are responding.

Where We’re Failing

Some people are taking complete advantage of this situation. For example, one couple hoarded lysol wipes and then began to sell them on Amazon for outrageous prices. Estimates are that they made $100K on this activity. Fortunately Amazon shut them down. The couple argued that they were just “hustlers” seizing a business opportunity.

In another tasteless situation, one of our Twitter followers alerted us to the trending hashtag #boomerremover. This feed was just filled with comments about baby boomers and how COVID-19 was going to affect them. This blatant ageism just highlighted the separation we have as generations along with disdain for each other in troubling times.

In another case, a man flew on a plane while knowing he was waiting for his COVID-19 test results. He only notified the airline after receiving his positive test results. He has since been banned from flying but it is yet to be seen what impact this individual may have had.

Fraudsters and other scams are also popping up trying to take advantage of this situation. Whether it’s by phone or in some cases even at our doors, we have to extra vigilant in fact checking.

Where We’re Succeeding

Many people are trying to help some of our most vulnerable who are often overlooked. The homeless. In California they have installed 20 sanitation centres and provided hand santizer. Volunteers in Dublin remain working in the homeless shelters providing food and services.

We also have to be grateful to the millions of healthcare workers facing this pandemic on the front lines. As they work tirelessly assessing and treating the people who may have or have this disease, they are putting their own potential feelings of insecurity aside as they help us cope with this outbreak.

There are also the people driving and delivering the necessary food and supplies, the people that are stocking the shelves, the service people still at the counters when many others are safely working from home that we also need to be grateful for.

As well, millions of people are isolating themselves in order to protect those around them. As much as this may sound easy or even possibly fun, the reality is that sacrificing our own personal freedom can become a difficult situation. Loneliness, boredom and isolation may become issues that these individuals may need to cope with.

So as we move through these unknown waters together, my deepest hope is that this situation doesn’t come without some learning. I hope that we learn as humans, we are all in fact connected and dependent on each other for our security, health and safety. I also hope we embrace this to support not only those we love but also for the sake of all humanity.

Afterall, that’s what being a human is all about. Be safe everyone.

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.