We’re close to the point of a shift in the way we think about the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s time to start adjusting from living in a pandemic to living with an endemic disease. What does this mean?
Pandemic is when the infectious disease is spread across the whole world. That’s a big “Check”.
Endemic is when it is maintained at a baseline level in a geographic area. We’re heading in this direction.
What this means this SARS-Co2 family of viruses are with us for the long haul. COVID will be part of our health as the flu has been for 100 years. Like influenza, there will be waxes and wanes in severity of the particular circulating coronavirus strains. Similar to our established medical response systems to combat influenza, we need to establish ways to combat new and potentially more dangerous coronaviruses. We need to continue to improve the COVID-fighting tools in our toolbox.
Good news, bad news.
The bad news is pathogenic human coronavirus are here to stay.
The good news, however, is we have the tools, the experience, and the ability to fight back. All we need is the will to make decisions to take care of our business. We need the will to do what’s necessary to keep ourselves, our families, and our circles of people as healthy as we can.
I guess that’s the bottom line: Do what you need to do to keep yourself and your people living your best lives.
Use your available tools. Be smart. Be responsible. Be safe, my friends.
I heard two things of infinite wisdom over the past month on sports talk radio. I know many people think sports are trivial and just a side gig to life. I’m not one of those people although I do now try to keep sports in perspective. In other words, sports have always been an integral part of my life but not my life.
The first piece of wisdom came from Sports Radio 810 host Soren Petro in a discussion about when Major League Baseball would be able to start and how upset people are becoming over the possibility of the 2020 season not happening at all. He said something that has stuck in my head and is about as truthful a description of America 2020 as I’ve heard. To paraphrase, he said,
“Americans believe that what’s inside their own head is the way things have to be.”
The second nugget of wisdom was heard on 1350 KMAN’s afternoon sports talk show, The Game. It came during a discussion of basketball recruiting at Kansas State University. The hosts, John Kurtz, former Clay Center Tiger noseguard Mitch Fortner, and Mason Voth were discussing the recruiting rumor mill. John Kurtz pointed out the distinction that has to be made between what’s fact and what’s BS. His nugget of wisdom is a great piece of wisdom for our times,
“Don’t place stock in Uncle Bob’s Facebook posts.”
There you have it, a couple shots of sports wisdom to get you through the COVID-19 crisis.
First, pay attention to reality whether you like it or right. Reality is not looking for your personal seal of approval. Reality doesn’t give a rat’s ass what on individual thinks. Reality is reality. It’s right there, see it and react accordingly.
Second, hone your BS meter. Take a few minutes to let the information you find on television, radio, and social media sink in and be processed through your brian’s logic filter. Then dig a little deeper before you file the information as reality or pass it along. Uncle Bob on Facebook is rarely a credible source of information (unless he’s posting about how awesome my Traeger skills are).