In most of America, 90% of its population has been “Shelter in Place,” or in “lock-down.” There are a few states who never put those measures in place, but did encourage its citizens to stay home more, encouraging the slogan, “Safer at Home.” Here in Illinois, we started “Shelter in Place” a couple weeks before March was over (I think?)… It has been at least three weeks we’ve been at this, but a week before the state started, “Shelter in Place,” we had already put into practice, “Social distancing.”
Of course, just a few short weeks before, Illinois barely had any COVID19 cases… As of yesterday, we had over 25,000 with the majority of them being up north near the Chicago area. In some of our surrounding counties, cases have been trickling in. Champaign county, a larger county that is closest to us has around 82 positive cases. It is amazing, how quickly those numbers started to add up in a very short time.
This week, our nation’s president has his eyes set on May 1st as a time to start reopening the nation’s economy – while the virus is still running rapid in several parts of the country. Obviously, it all can’t be open at once, and certain safety measures would have to be put into place. There is no vaccine for this virus. So if the country opens too soon, it could cause a surge in the virus. Although, while several businesses and organizations have been shut down for weeks and the nation has literally been put on pause, the United States has probably already hit a deep recession. Stocks have plunged and on some occasions, have went up, but for the most part, have been on the downward spiral. Gas prices are at the lowest we have seen them in years. Some places are recording under $1. In other places, it has been under $2- something we don’t see often. Small businesses and restaurants are hurting. Local businesses within their states are struggling and some could be on the brink of closing. The government has put out its first stimulus package which is over trillions of dollars. This is why the president is in a hurry to reopen the economy. The U.S is plunging lower and lower. It is like we are living in desperate war times.
… While the economy is sinking though, so is many people’s health. In my theory, without people, you can’t have an economy and businesses can’t thrive. Thousands of people have lost their lives to COVID19 and over a million, globally. Without a vaccine, and trying to put people back to work, this puts them in extreme danger. The virus has a chance to spread even more. In some ways, it almost seems like a no-win situation. So when is the right time?
The elderly and those with underlying health conditions will definitely have to protect themselves more should stay at home orders be relaxed or lifted. They will find that it will be safer still staying indoors – especially if people won’t be practicing social distance. If stay at home orders are relaxed, it will be imperative that social distancing should be intact. Masks should also be worn in public – and perhaps even outdoors.
Some of the lead scientists have said, depending on the situation, emergency vaccinations for healthcare workers and those who are exposed to the virus on a daily basis, might have a vaccine available in the fall. But for the general public, they have estimated, a vaccine wouldn’t be here until next spring. That is a long time of people being exposed, which is why it is so important for social distancing to be in place.
In my opinion, lives matter more than money. A business can’t run without people. A world can’t exist without people. It will, however, exist with nature running around. As the wild have begun to take over the “ghost-cities” in lock-down, they’ve been coming back to reclaim their territory which we took over thousands of years ago. And for now, they are at peace. The world has even begun to see less air pollution and waters in different countries are no longer murky. They have begun to turn crystal clear. Perhaps nature is resetting itself? Or perhaps this is just hitting the reset button on everything in our world?
What will our world look like when this is all over? There are already countries asking to declare global peace as we fight this pandemic. Once it it over, can we continue that peace? While I am anxious to see a more peaceful world full of people who have a heart to take care of our environment and perhaps even become more compassionate, right now, things are still in the upswing when it comes to the virus….
How can we protect our economies, people and nature all at the same time? This is a mind-boggling war that we are fighting, and I am also afraid, this is still the beginning…