A tiny treatise on the behaviors of the majority of US citizens.
I suspected this would happen. I was surprised, however, that it occurred this soon since the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak.
The US is now number one in the world (according to Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University) in confirmed cases.
Lets put this in perspective. According to Google, the US population is 327.2 million and the population of China is 1.386 billion (yes, that is billion with a “B”). China has four times the population of the US.
The number of cases in the US has drastically climbed because of the recent availability of plentiful and timely tests for the virus. But given the population of the US is one fourth the population of China, and the confirmed cases as of 0800 Pacific time on March 27th is 86,012 in the US and 81,897 in China, I believe we as Americans in the US dropped the ball.
I have personally seen cases of inappropriate social clustering and going out into public sick in grocery stores and hospitals.
- Four individuals all clustered around a phone watching something, each of their faces 6 inches from each other (not six feet). How about sharing the link and watching it on individual phones. And these were employees of a hospital. This was on March 20th.
- My wife stops to give the couple in front of her 6 feet as they wipe off a basket when entering a store. As she politely waits, another couple brushes by her. After she said something loudly and with a few expletives about the observation of social space they just huffed and continued into the store coming within less than 6 feet of the couple in front of my wife. This on March 23rd.
- I am particularly sensitive to individuals galavanting about in public when sick. I am currently undergoing chemotherapy and try to remain aware of anyone ill around me so I can avoid them because of my compromised immune system. A parent (appeared sick) pushing around a cart in the produce section with a child (obviously sick) and the child coughing without cover on the fresh veggies. This on March 24th.
- A doctor telling one of our best friends, who was in the office because of symptoms for the virus and seeking a test, “you can’t possibly have the Coronavirus, you haven’t traveled to China!”. This on March 16th.
This attitude of it won’t affect me, the long incubation period before symptoms, the lack of testing initially, and the general ignorance of many US citizens is why we have so many cases. Especially in comparison to a country that has four times our population and where the Coronavirus first appeared. We as Americans have failed, from the leadership not learning from the mistakes of other countries and enforcing those lessons, down to the ignorant individuals that believe it can’t possibly affect them.
On a side note, here is the most comprehensive video I have found for managing bringing potentially contaminated groceries into your house. This video deserves a complete viewing and implementation of the processes outlined therein.