As of today, May 5, 2020, the total cases of Covid-19 in the U.S. is already at 1.2 million. 2,350 Americans have died in the last 24 hours alone. 200,628 successfully recovered while the total number of those who died is 72,271. Sadly, 72,271 equates to a mortality rate of 26%.
Many believed that it will only affect the elderly but news about young individuals dying from the coronavirus started popping out eventually. Some of the examples are the 5-year old in Detroit, the 20-year old in Michigan and the 34-year old in Los Angeles. The coronavirus task force leader Dr. Anthony Fauci estimates that a vaccine can take 12-18 months to make. After a successful vaccine is made, companies will need to start producing millions or up to billions of vaccines which can also take some time. The government won't have any option but to reopen the economy eventually even before a vaccine is ready. It cannot keep the economy closed for 18 months because livelihood equates life. The chances that more people will get infected when it happens will significantly go higher.
Facing the crisis from the right perspective will help us prepare and act accordingly that will keep our family safe and our supplies properly handled. Thinking that you're immune because you're young and healthy might lead to disregarding some of the health guidelines. Getting the wrong idea that the crisis will end too soon might lead you to improperly manage your savings. Strictly social distancing, wearing a facemask, proper sanitation and taking vitamins to boost your immunity should not be taken lightly. Budgeting your supplies for a possible lockdown extension in your area should be taken into consideration as well.
There's nothing wrong with anticipating the possibility that you'll get infected with the Covid-19 as well despite following all of the guidelines. This is what has been happening with some of the front liners. But in case you do, what will you do? What do you have prepared for your family? Thinking ahead and preparing for the worst might be cliché but are very relevant in this time of uncertainty.