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Time to calm the F down and face the viral facts.

By March 12, 2020October 22nd, 2021No Comments

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In the midst of suburban dystopia πŸŒ’πŸ˜·, this afternoon I ventured out in search of foam balls and crafty bits for my 11-year-old’s science project (due tomorrow, of course, presumably the key learning objective being to build a miniature model galaxy solution for where-TF we humans go when COVID-19 panic compounds 😷🀯 – and earth completely stops spinning on its axis.).

My parent-of-the-year generosity of material provision πŸ₯‡ was because I also figured the 11-year-old might be at home now for a while if schools close (so go bloody nuts with your project and take it to the next level, baby β€˜cos – full disclosure – home-schooling ain’t gonna happen in this house in the education interim …)

The cashier who served me as I handled and then handed over the coveted balls was decked out in an over-sized mask 😷 and surgical gloves πŸ™ŒπŸ½, with a 2-litre super-sized hand sanitiser pump at the ready. πŸ’₯

She barely graced me with her eyeballs during the purchase, then wiped the EFTPOS machine with a disinfectant cloth once I’d tapped to go. πŸ‘€

Me, the presumed germ-riddled host, then hasted out into the street where, ahead of me, a man coughed. 😱

The pariah. 😱 Public panic. 😬 People dispersed. β¬…οΈβž‘οΈ
Black Mirror is here. ⚫️ This is real life.

Excuse me for a minute, but what the serious F is going on?
Where did common sense go?
How quickly do we descend from order to chaos?
How can a black swan so swiftly sail into the global psyche and make us all freak the F out?

I’m not battening down the hatches. I’m BAU.

That is, staying rational, keeping calm and taking my business, social, behavioural (and shopping 🚽) cues off fact, not fiction – or fabrication.

Across the world there’ve been 126,483 confirmed coronavirus cases (80,796 of these in China).

Of the global total, 4636 people have died – but 68,314 have recovered.

Back home, there are currently 21 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Victoria, 8 of whom have recovered, of a total population of 6,594,804.

Do the numbers.

Do what makes good common sense to suppress transmission – but only relative to the tiny percentage spread of this virus, with a very low mortality rate.

Viruses are contagious, but so is fear, hysteria, kindness and calm.

Choose wisely. πŸ™πŸΌ