“Anyone who personally feels fear of the virus because they believe or have been told they have a greater risk should be encouraged to stay home… and supported in their decision to do that… but lets not destroy the country in the process.”
– Jean S
More concerned about the economy than about the virus
For better or worse I am retired (age 69) and living in Arizona. I do have some health issues (disabled due to arthritis) and a lot of allergies, but I am personally much more concerned about the economy than I am about the virus… and for good reason.
The facts: in my state as of this morning there were a total of 187 covid-19 deaths (3.7%) out of 5,064 known cases. In contrast, the total number of unemployed is almost 420,000 … and I believe that is a lot more troubling.
In my county (Pima) the case fatality ratio is a higher (6.2%) than the state in general but exactly the same as the global total. However, that is understandable because there are a lot of retired and older people here…. and a number of large nursing homes. The town I live in has about 70% of the population over 65, tho a bit hard to be sure of the demographics because there are a lot of “snowbirds” – including many from other countries (mostly Canada). Locally there have been a total of 58 corvid-19 deaths (6.2%) out of 941known cases.
My overall take on this – we do need to reopen the economy! Maybe they need to be slower about that in the big cities, but not necessarily the same in all places. I want politics OUT of these decisions, and especially hate people like Pelosi (who’s been televised showing off her stash of gourmet ice cream filled freezer) using the crisis to play politics.
Anyone who personally feels fear of the virus because they believe or have been told they have a greater risk should be encouraged to stay home… and supported in their decision to do that… but lets not destroy the country in the process.
If you are fearful, I can personally recommend the following (I have been diagnosed with anxiety disorder, so I certainly understand fear, but it is important to learn to deal with it). Try counting your blessings; and I mean that literally. First thing in the morning, go write down every single positive thing you can think of you have in your life. The smallest things count as well as big things. I suspect this will help you a lot, I know it helps me.
For example, I could spend my time whining and complaining about the fact that I have pain most days, or that all my relatives are at least 3000 miles away and I haven’t lived here long enough to make any friends… and all the things I do to try to meet people have been prohibited. But I hate whining.. and the other day I realized I woke up happy (after a grumpy day or two). I think my improved attitude was due in part because I like the fact that people are finally no longer acting like sheep and dare protesting unreasonable controls (like Michigan for example, where the governor has prohibited the sale of seeds!). Also … the sun was shining (most days), the weather has been mild and pleasant, I have a lot of large pots I’m growing things in and my little garden is doing well (I even had a few corn stalks that sprouted already… good for here since we’ll be getting temps in the 90s later this week). I also saw some interesting critters…. an “endangered” quail was resting on top of my patio wall, I saw a new type of lizards I’d never seen before, and I saw a few butterflies, and a good load of bees so my planting local native pollinators seems to be working. What’s not to love about that?
I also got to go on a bit of a drive when I went to pick up some groceries and I plan on going on another drive today, along the more scenic roads. Probably not even getting out of the car… tho I may stop by the post office and check my box… or gas up so I chat for a few minutes to the person who fills my gas (I use full service, because it’s very hard for me to pump gas).
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