A call to arms…

Seems like one thing we’ve been missing is a national (and really global call to arms). During the Cuban missile crisis, President Kennedy said

My fellow citizens: let no one doubt that this is a difficult and dangerous effort on which we have set out. No one can see precisely what course it will take or what costs or casualties will be incurred. Many months of sacrifice and self-discipline lie ahead–months in which our patience and our will will be tested–months in which many threats and denunciations will keep us aware of our dangers. But the greatest danger of all would be to do nothing.

During this pandemic, it’s going to be difficult, dangerous, full of sacrifice and surely test our resolve. BUT… “the greatest danger of all would be to do nothing.”

These are the words that we want to hear from our national and global leaders. It’s a call to arms to prepare for something big.

When I Need Protection…

There are existential threats to my life that loom so large that by my own will I can’t resolve or safeguard my family from them.

I can’t stop a terrorist attack. I can’t stop climate change. As we’ve seen, while I can play my part, I can’t own my own stop a pandemic.

There are BIG global problems that need a bigger solutions. There are big problems that need bigger resources to be marshaled in order to fully resolve them.

The hope is that the government will step in a lot… or at least most of these circumstances. They’re there to help mitigate that risk. They can see the problems that I can’t see… they can marshal the resources that I can’t marshal.

The challenging part is… the man at the top of the government has been creating more risk than mitigating it.

He’s suggesting unproven drugs that may do harm.

He’s suggesting people inhale bleach.

Wear a mask.

According to Vox

…in April, researchers at the University of Hong Kong and in Europe calculated that if 80 percent of a population can be persuaded to don masks, transmission levels would be cut to one-twelfth of what you’d have in a mask-less society. However, that study has yet to be peer-reviewed.

You could have Covid-19, not realize, cough, and give the disease to someone else. Best way to prevent that is to wear a damn mask.

Your personal actions have an affect on the public health. So, it needs to be regulated.

Vox has a fantastic video that dives into it more deeply.