Could’ve. Would’ve. Should’ve. I wish I had- The Coronavirus Pandemic.
The Covid-19 Coronavirus continues to shape and reshape society as we know it. The disruption to our personal lives and economic well-being, both individually and as a nation, is almost surreal. At the time of this writing, the virus had infected 720,117 people and claimed the lives of 33,925 people worldwide. Here in the U.S. , there are 140,886 confirmed cases with 2,467 of those resulting in death. What’s worse is that there is still no end in sight.
The nation's top infectious disease expert said Sunday, that based on models, the United States could eventually see 100,000 or more deaths from the novel coronavirus with over 1 million people infected. Let’s understand this clearly- that’s not 100k deaths and one million people infected worldwide. That’s in the United States ALONE. These are staggering and chilling figures to say the least.
San Antonio, as is the case with many other cities around the country, is under a “Stay Home, Work Safe” emergency order directing residents to shelter at home with the exception of CRUCIAL errands and job duties. From Federal and Local officials alike, there’s a common consensus that the most effective way to thwart the spread of the virus is to practice social distancing. Social distancing doesn’t mean go out LESS, it means stay your ass at home unless it is absolutely necessary to leave. If you normally go to the store twice a week, try going only once. It is not a hard concept.
I recently learned that a college buddy of mine, from my days of college basketball at Texas A&M, had passed away due to complications caused by the Covid-19 Coronavirus. David Edwards, 48, passed away last Monday after contracting the disease. Dave, as we call him, still holds the single season assist record for the Aggies. Like many of us, I doubted the seriousness of this virus. Like you, I’ve heard that only the elderly and those with pre-existing respiratory conditions or those with compromised immune systems were truly at risk. The stark reality is that we are ALL at risk. The virus itself doesn’t know age or race. It could care less about wealth or education. It doesn’t even recognize geographical boundaries as indicated by its speedy worldwide spread.
Could’ve. Would’ve. Should’ve. I wish I had. We’ve all had moments in our lives in which we’ve spoken these words or at the very least, had these thoughts. Never have these words had more significance than they have now. As I noted last week, now is not the time to panic as we still have control over ourselves. It is, however, high time that we heed the warnings while we can and still have some semblance of control over this crisis. IF we do not exercise that control now, there WILL be a time in which we have NO control and are at the complete mercy of this pandemic. Let’s not look back a month, or six months, or a year from now and say “Could’ve. Would’ve. Should’ve. I wish I had.” It just may be too late for us or someone we love.