Went to my regular Wednesday evening yoga class last night. Prior to starting, the instructor explained all of the sanitation actions they were taking. The floor had been steam cleaned. They reduced to use of props (bolsters, mostly), disinfecting the blocks used after each class, and rotating the blankets to be washed after each session. They were even videoing the class to post online for those who did not want to come to the studio. There was a total of 5 people at the studio and we “socially distanced” ourselves.
The class itself is billed as a restorative yoga class. Works to improve the parasympathetic nervous system. It is part of my own spiritual, mindful, and physical well being efforts. I look forward to this class each week as a way to shake the “hump day” mentality. (Some days you’re the dog, some you’re the leg.)
We also discussed the reactions of people to the Corona virus crisis. And I had a bit of an epiphany about it. There appear to be three basic types of reactions:
- Overhyped, fear mongering panic.
- Levelheaded, common sense approach to doing what is necessary to help prevent the spread.
- Under concern, mostly by younger generations who still believe themselves to be 10 foot tall and bulletproof. (I think we all kind of did that when we were younger. I know I did until cancer bit me in the ass, literally.)
There was a general consensus that most people are in the middle range. I believe, based on comments thus far, that most of us here are in that category as well.
Then I read “The Buzz” in this morning’s Pilot and found there was actually a fourth category as well: Conspiracy laden, hyper partisans who think this is just another attempt to bring down Trump.
“None and nothing! A political scam carefully managed by opponents, including China, to take-down our leaders. The Daily Press could perform a valuable service by printing, side-by-side, the daily numbers for both the flu and the so-called coronavirus.”
I’ll let you folks decide where this gentleman’s head is.
And in answer to a question last evening, also indicated in the above quote, it is not the NUMBER of deaths from COVID-19, it is the percentages. Seasonal flu deaths are below 1%, whereas COVID-19 rates are running about 4% worldwide and just below 2% here in the states. (Axios has a tracker they update every few hours). Plus, there IS a vaccine for seasonal flu and COVID-19 vaccines are just now being developed. Also, as testing becomes more prevalent here, the number of actual cases will increase. But by following best practices recommended by all levels of government, we can, hopefully, keep these numbers down.
Just some thoughts from the other Retired Senior Chief PO.