To Open or Not To Open

Do we need to move forward in spite of Covid-19?

Every country, every region, every population has different circumstances and needs and that means that the rather tough decision on whether to open the area’s businesses or not is purely contingent upon what an area’s needs are or aren’t.

Let’s take an area that has relatively little or few cases of Covid 19. They may be remote with a lesser population and therefore, a less likelihood of getting this virus. Give area residents the ability to go to open restaurants, barbers, gyms etc. and the possibilities go up. Open that area up to visitors from larger populated areas or especially, different countries and you’re going to see their numbers soaring.

There are more concentrated areas as well where the population has higher numbers of Covid already but, open up that area too widely, too quickly or with repatriations from other countries and we know what happens there, right?

Ok, now add in the idea that people are getting anxious, depressed, financially bowled over and mental health is declining greatly with it all. Isn’t that dangerous too?

What about children? It’s hard enough that grown adults can’t cope with the isolation factors but, add children into the mix and we’ve got a recipe for a complete breakdown of both children and their parents.

What’s one to do? How does one deal with it all when there’s no treatment, no vaccine, no way to cope and in a lot of countries, testing isn’t up to par and won’t be due to a number of factors including the lack of testing equipment/reagents. It’s a mess, right?

No one holds the key to what’s going to happen here. The more we learn about this new Coronavirus, the more both headaches as well as benefits we have to it all and we’re finding out what’s what as we go along. No one has all of the answers or they’d be considered heroes not to mention omnipotent, right?

An old saying probably says it best, “the more that we know, the more we realize that we don’t know”. Who said it, I have no idea but, it had to have been someone wise.

What do we do in the meantime? Can we trust the numbers?

The answer to the second question is a resounding, “no!”. We cannot trust the numbers for quite a few reasons including that countries aren’t always open or perhaps, accurate and the general population hasn’t been tested nor added. People have the virus without even knowing that they do and give it to others because they feel fine. The reality is that there are reasons beyond being able to list them all for that “no” answer.

As for the first one, well it’s been said that there won’t be a vaccine any time soon. Frankly I don’t want one at this point in time anyway. Why don’t I want it? I don’t want it anytime soon because it’s all being rushed and in all honesty, not only is the efficacy in question but, the side effects are as well and, the length of time immunity will last. That’s not even counting in the idea that the virus may mutate the way that many others do. If one were to follow conspiracy theory lines, one may even want to say that the producers of such a vaccine would stand only to make money, money and more money off of it, right? No one can even be sure if someone who has had it and successfully fought it off with antibodies being left behind, can indeed, catch it yet again. It’s like the proverbial which came first, the chicken or the egg question. No one has a definitive answer at this moment.

What we do know is that people are stressed and depressed over this tiny virus and it’s reign of terror. It will even be interesting to see what happens when the numbers are brought out after students go back to school.

The other thing that’s certain is that it’s been said that this will be the “new norm” for quite sometime to come. What about people though? How long can anyone watch Netflix or tv or sleep, eat and pray? How many walks can people take before it all becomes “old hat” and simply another time to reflect upon what’s going right and what’s going wrong. While some may have come to some arrivals at conclusions about themselves, their lives or what they want out of themselves, others and their lives, it’s a certainty that after so many months of being isolated from other people, normal lives and even being in financial straights, people are going stark, raving mad/crazy. This then becomes a moment in time whereby governments have to make some hard decisions.

It’s been well known that mankind is a social entity. People need other people eventually and since this pandemic is going to go on for quite sometime with the virus still around, Life as we know it has to go on too. Don’t get the last statement wrongly. That means that Life has to go on with rules, regulations, following them and being careful however, it does mean that things need to go back to a more “normal” pattern of living WITH this virus as part of it just was we all live with the idea of colds. No one wants it and no one has the wish to die of course but, the reality is that all of us have to live in a world whereby we can carry on some sort of semblance of normalcy within boundaries.

Maybe, Mankind was too far into globalization or maybe, it was a way to population control in natural ways? I mean it does cost to both house and treat those with ailments or requiring nursing homes. Also not mentioned is the idea that seniors need to receive some sort of pension, medications or nursing homes which must cost governments billions every year. Perhaps, it was because there had to be some way to control the pollution levels? Or, it may have been a way for the governments of the world to gain both financial control over the world? We don’t know but, what is certain is that we need to all be able to move about with restrictions. Covid is real. It’s not a joke but, it’s also not healthy for us all to remain indoors all winter long without being able to go anywhere outside of our homes.

From my little corner of life to yours, the question of whether to open or not open things (with restrictions of course) is thankfully, not ours. The younger of populations may feel that this is the time to protest freely but, the question remains “is it” or are they restless and being foolish? Were the governments of the world wrong in telling us that younger people weren’t as at risk for this as more elderly ages? I think perhaps, it was foolish and is for all concerned. That said though, I’m glad that I’m not the one making decisions on what to open and what not to, when, how and how much? Winter is coming in a lot of countries in the northern hemisphere. What then?

Be well, stay well, best wishes,

Love and LIght!

Published by ponderinglifetoo

I'm a wife, mother, artist, photographer and bookkeeper. I love writing out my thoughts in journals but, am finding my way to sharing these with others now.

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