Some of y’all might be offended by the profanity in the hashtag above,but one man in Germany is not. And when I saw this, I had to share it because it gets peoples attention quick.
Frustrated with what he perceived to be the slow action of many countries in undertaking proactive measures to slow down the spread of Covid-19, he created the website https://staythefuckhome.com/, and penned the Self-Quarantine Manifesto seen below:
His simple one page, easy to read website details how and why it is important to “Flatten the Curve”.
Anything above the dotted line in the steep curve, is the zone where we do not want to be, regardless of who you are.
Because if we don’t take proper precautions among the healthy and younger who have minimal or no impact from this virus, we continue to spread it among those who can’t: the elderly, the immune compromised and those with chronic diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and lung disease.
If we all don’t work to do whatever we can to help slow the spread of this virus, we could end up like Italy….they undertook ‘flatten the curve’ mitigation measures too late to actually flatten the curve of the chart above.
The result? A sudden spike in critical cases that swamp hospitals all at once, resulting in a virtual healthcare disaster where decisions have to be made on who gets care and who doesn’t. Italy’s situation is the steep curve on the chart above. We. Don’t. Want. That. Here.
I explained to a fellow online yesterday in no uncertain terms how it quickly can go from fine to unmanageable overnight using our local healthcare as an example.
Our local hospital is routinely at or over 100% capacity at the best of times. If even 20 critical patients requiring special care like ventilation showed up within a short time, it would be a problem.
If more kept coming as days moved on, it’s not hard to envision the result. Not enough ventilators, not enough anesthesiologists, not enough doctors, not enough anything.
Now, some selfish people *still* might think: “Well that doesn’t impact me!!” ….until they end up in a car accident and need care and can’t get it, or their spouse has a heart attack or their kid breaks a leg badly while skiing…you get the idea. We need to make sure hospitals keep functioning for everyone. Don’t clog the ER with minor issues. (You shouldnt anyways)
If we flatten the curve, aka, make sure we slow the progress of this virus so a spike of patients doesnt overwhelm our hospitals at once, nurses and doctors can treat *everyone* with the best care. And we can avoid what is happening in Italy. I don’t believe anyone wants to see this. Slow the spread of cases and flatten the curve. Slower is better.
These small actions by all of us, have big impact and are the heart of what makes a community work in any situation.
We all need to step up at different times, and that time is now. We need to protect our elders and those who are at risk for more severe cases and YOU can do that by doing the suggestions on the list above that you are able to, depending on where you are. So far urban areas are seeing more cases than rural areas, but DO NOT assume that means it isn’t there already.
In the midst of thinking about what you can do personally, it’s also really important to ensure that if you know any elders who may not have resources or support like family close by, that you *call* and make sure they have food or medication. (Take precautions by leaving it outside the door, even if you feel fine. You may have it, and not have symptoms yet or at all )
The same goes for checking in with those who disabilities, mobility issues or may have anxiety…anything that may be preventing then from going out to get what they need. A lot of people might just need some reassurance that someone is looking out for them, and does care. A call can do wonders.
The vast majority of us will be just fine, and thankfully kids and teens don’t seem to be impacted. Life and business must carry on, but with proper precautions. I’m glad to see so many organizations cancel events and so many large companies telling employees to work from home where they can. I also encourage all employers to be understanding and not punitive. This isn’t something anyone can plan for, and businesses who make it easy for employees to be absent if sick, will be appreciated.
So please, do your part to #FlattenTheCurve and #StayTheFuckHome, or practice other social distancing to keep all our mums and dads, grandpas and grandmas, aunties and uncles and all those with high risk conditions
Novel coronavirus information:
Health information 8-1-1
** these numbers are VERY busy. Please see the BC Center for Disease Control link above for information on what to do if you have symptoms and may have been exposed.
** updates in the comments as I see them