It is at times like these that our humanity is tested. It’s painful to see people fighting over toilet paper in countries across the globe, as the world panics over potential grocery shortages. Voices calling for calm and reminders to ‘Be Kind’ are falling on deaf ears.
The majority of people who are stockpiling (lets face it, hoarding) are focused on the needs of themselves (and perhaps their families too). It is understandable and we would all do the same. However, herd mentality has definitely kicked in, with people at supermarets interviewed stating “well you see other people doing it so you think you need to too”.
On an unrelated topic, the main picture accompanying this post is a bottle of elusive hand sanitiser, which I’m dangling for sale to the highest bidder (only serious bids please, if you’re not offering your first born or signing over deeds then don’t bother).
In all seriousness, I urge my fellow humans: if you are picking up supplies (a reasonable quanity of what you need only) then please expand your current mindsets to include your vulnerable neighbours. If local communities pull together we can better protect everyone.
You can call on your elderly naighbours and ask them if they need anything. There are a number of Facebook groups co-ordinating volunteers to help out in their local communities. If you have a local Mosque or Church or other community gathering place then please contact them and offer to help. In some parts of London mosques have begun enlisting volunteers to distribute food and supplies to the elderly.
Stockpiling (what’s the above about?)
Panic buying in the UK has caused empty shelves in multiple supermarkets where, most notably, antibacterial hand gel, handwash, toilet roll and pasta are absent. Some retailers have started to limit the number of these products that shoppers can buy to five, four or two per person. When I started writing this blogpost I had pictures of a few empty shelves in big supermarkets; now I have to report that in some supermarkets entire shelving units are empty. Asda, Aldi and Tesco had run out of pasta, flour, hand gel, handwash, babywipes, cotton wool, long-life milk and most sizes of nappies as well as many other things. Deliveries are being received to top up shelves but items are being sold as soon as they are unloaded. Aldi, which has some stores receiving deliveries and unpacking overnight, reported people queing at 7am in anticipation of their 8am opening time.
One thing I will say about London is braveness in the face of adversity. This isn’t the first crisis and nor will it be the last so I hope people will follow the lead of some amazing examples and pull together rather than thinking of only themselves.
How did Cornovirus originate?
It is widely believed that the virus originated in a wet market in Wuhan, Hubei province of China. A wet market is where live animals are freshly killed and sold to the public. Animals that are carrying viruses are able to spread to humans but according to one report, typically, there would need to be a number of animal to animal transmissions before a human was infected. A wet market is the perfect storm for this to occur as animals are often held in cages one on top of the other. As animals in the upper cages bleed, excrete or dribble fluids downwards, the fluids come into contact with other animals below, thus creating a chain of transmission. It is possible that a market worker came into contact with an animal carrying the virus and from that person, multiple others were infected.
It is further reported that the virus jumped from a bat to a pangolin and then to a human. Indicentally, pangolins are shy creatures and endangered animals but they are being sold in markets in Asia for their meat and their scales are used in traditional Chinese medicine.
There are also other theories that say Covid-19 is a manufactured virus – a wild coronovirus cut with a lab-created disease that enables easy human to human transmission. Why would the virus be deliberately created (and deliberately spread)? I’ll leave you to look at other sources on the internet for suggested answers to these questions.
An interesting film to watch is Contagion from 2011 https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1598778/ IMDB summarises the film as ‘Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a worldwide epidemic as the CDC works to find a cure’. Starring Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Jude Law.
Whatever the cause, it’s a bad situation and its happening on a global level. Funny, I always thought the end of the world would involve more locusts? Oh wait, that’s happening too in Africa, Iran and Pakistan to name a few places https://ifpnews.com/billions-of-locusts-swarm-southern-iran
What can I do to protect myself against cornovirus?
Good hand hygiene and tissues when sneezing or coughing. I can also see a benefit to people strengthening their immune systems by eating well, sleeping well, excercising and possibly taking a multivitamin if they feel they have a deficiency. The reasoning for this is if you become infected your body needs to be strong to fight off the virus. Many people have now recoved fully from Covid-19 and it’s because they were healthy. Of those who have died, reports indicate the majority had underlying health issues (a multivitamin isn’t going to cure this level of poor health of course).
Other than this, wash your hands carefully and consider using your hands to help others as well as (for those like myself who believe) raise them in prayer.