I sit here tonight, after watching some of the the One World: Together At Home broadcast (which was an awesome representation of good people), and after reading a few Facebook posts (which makes me sad), and I feel perplexed. I want to be able to stand on the top of a mountain and yell to everyone that this is a crisis about humanity, not politics.
This COVID-19 crisis is a struggle to do what is right around the world. It is about making the best choices possible to help the most people knowing that every choice made will hurt someone. It isn’t, and shouldn’t be about political positioning, or making a name for yourself.
In these times we see the best and the worst of people. And, unfortunately social media is an amplifier of those characteristics. I even found myself commenting back today on someone’s Facebook post that wasn’t worth it. This is a humanitarian crisis. Every decision has a downside, but we all have to do the best we can to help our country and the world get through this.
A few stats that will make you cringe:
- As of today over 150,000 people have died in the world from COVID-19. In the United States this number is nearing 39,000. The first US death occurred on 2/29, a mere seven weeks ago.
- To help put this in perspective, let’s compare to three tragedies that most all of us can all agree were horrible events in the world:
- Over 400,000 American lives were lost in WW2 over a long six year, world changing tragedy. The US lives lost were dwarfed by the 75 million estimated dead around the world.
- Almost 60,000 American lives were lost in Vietnam. The global death count was again much more severe, but losing almost 60,000 American lives remains one of the largest tragedies in our history.
- 9/11/2001 had over 3,500 lives lost in the day. We also put brave soldiers in harm’s way as follow up to this terrorist attack. We all remember where we were the day of this horrific tragedy.
- Currently, estimates of American deaths by the end of August 2020 (just six months after the first death) range from 60 – 100K. This will make the COVID-19 crisis surpass Vietnam in its impact on our people. Not to mention all of those around the world.
Everyone is sacrificing right now in order to help to minimize the global impact of this crisis. There are people out of work, without food, with “elective” healthcare procedures that they can’t get completed even though tumor removal doesn’t sound elective when the tumor is growing in your body. There are situations where families are housebound with an abusive adult in the home, there are mental health challenges developing. And, it sucks. It is bullshit. But, so is 60,000+ projected American lives lost from a Coronavirus.
My call to action for all of us is to do is to do our best every day, to be human, to not politicize this crisis, and to support each other however we can by offering help to those in need. And to STAY HOME and socially distanced as long as the CDC recommends. Trust scientists and help the crisis be as short as possible for humanity.