The COVID pandemic is new for most of us. I certainly was not around for the last one, the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918, and I’m not likely to be around for the next.
When people are faced with something completely alien to our experience, we naturally look for ways to make it fit within our existing view of the world. We revert to the familiar, equating what is new with something we already know, using the familiar as a guide to understand and respond to what now confronts us.
To some on the right, the government response is the problem, while to some on the left, President Trump is the problem. But the virus doesn’t care.
SARS-Cov-2, the virus which causes COVID 19, is the fire. And we are the fuel.
Just as fire cannot exist without a fuel source, the virus cannot long live outside of a human host.
The challenge before us is to separate the fire from its fuel, allowing the fire to burn itself out.
The evidence from Europe is clear: social distancing, minimizing interactions, better hygiene in the form of handwashing, and masks, when taken together, separate the fire from the fuel.
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