I don’t see this really being discussed anywhere, but I can’t be the only one wondering about the what-if’s:
- What if the COVID-19 is really here to stay.
- What if the curve does not flatten?
- What if, instead of getting better, things continue to get worse? Like, massively worse?
- What if this really is our new “normal?”
I’m not a medical professional, or medical anything. I’m an average person with average intelligence and a good healthy dose of common sense, and the above scenario continues to tug at my mind.
Consider, please, the (few) facts as we know them so far:
- There is no cure. “Treatment” consists of treating the symptoms.
- There is no vaccine yet, and it may be months and months before one is available… if one ever is.
- Becoming infected and surviving, does not make you immune to getting it again.
- Someone can be infected and contagious for up to 2 weeks before symptoms show up (if they do! some people appear to remain asymptomatic).
- There seem to be newly emerging symptoms so someone may appear to have something else but in fact, have COVID.
- COVID is highly contagious. It is airborne, and lingers not only in the air but on surfaces for up to hours.
How can the curve flatten, when there is nothing that stops coronavirus? No matter how many people are locked down safely, there are always tons of people who cannot isolate because their jobs are too crucial… for whatever reason… and thus these people are at risk no matter how cautious they are; not to mention the tons of people who refuse to isolate. What’s more, new (and worse!) medical information about the virus is emerging constantly.
So what WILL make the curve flatten, what will make this virus suddenly stop spreading? So far the answer appears to be “nothing” … and that being so… how can anyone even begin to consider there is an end in sight? Unless they are talking about the far-distant possibility of vaccine?
I’ve been thinking this for awhile, and just ran across this article in the New Yorker, What We Don’t Know About the Coronavirus, that seemed to validate my unspoken concern, and nudged me into writing this post.