We can debate from now to eternity whose fault it is, how it's been handled, and how deadly it is, but the truth is: it is here, labeled a pandemic due to the ease with which it spreads (not due to the number of deaths), and there's no turning back time.
Lifted directly from a Google search (clearly not my words): "A pandemic is defined as “an epidemic occurring worldwide, or over a very wide area, crossing international boundaries and usually affecting a large number of people”. The classical definition includes nothing about population immunity, virology or disease severity.
"By this definition, pandemics can be said to occur annually in each of the temperate southern and northern hemispheres, given that seasonal epidemics cross international boundaries and affect a large number of people. However, seasonal epidemics are not considered pandemics."
So for those who argue that this isn't as deadly as other ailments that float around, go for it. That's a blessing. Thank God it isn't as deadly! BUT, know it is easily transmitted!! It has also been labeled slippery (paraphrased from the following article https://warmheartworldwide.org/understanding-the-corona-virus-covid19/ ): the virus has the ability to mutate quickly so that it can continue being transmitted and shared, thus making more strains of the same virus which multiplies the task of containing and stopping the transmission.
The quick and slippery transmission of the COVID-19/Wuhan novel coronavirus is what caused this to be labeled a true pandemic, not its death rate.
Please folks, understand what a pandemic actually means.
This is a global issue, not specific to any county, town, or state. There are more people being affected by this virus and the various methods of trying to contain it than those in PA who believe their constitutional rights are at risk.
Do I think our governor of PA has overstepped his executive authority? Yes.
Do I think our legislators are trying to respect our rights? Yes.
Do I think COVID-19, the pandemic virus of 2020, is going away anytime soon? Nope.
Do I know that other viruses, supposedly conquered with vaccines, still exist (e.g. polio, measles, etc)? Yes. (They may be controlled somewhat, but they still exist, they have not actually been eradicated.)
Do I believe that individuals are going to continue to fuss about any and all attempts to contain COVID-19? Yep.
Do I know that Americans like to be in charge of their own lives? Yep.
Do I know that sometimes we put our independence and personal freedom ahead of the well-being of others? Yep.
Do I believe that, deep down, we all still care about our neighbors and would help any of them in an emergency? I surely hope and pray so!
Do I believe that each individual human does the best he/she can with his own life experiences/education every single day to exist on a free plane while respecting the rights of others? That one has been in a huge gray area for a few decades now...... Our society here in the USA has been coddling some instead of allowing them to excel or fail so that they learn from life experiences and become better individuals; we have allowed too many to become dependent on the laurels of those who still excel; we have become an I/ME/MINE era rather than a solid working team.
Do I believe our US Constitution and PA Constitutions allow for life, liberty, and PURSUIT of happiness? Sure!
Do I see that more and more people believe that they are ENTITLED to life, liberty, and happiness? You bet.
Our constitutional documents provide for the pursuit of those things, but not the guarantee of them. We must also respect that whilst we pursue those items, so too are other humans in our realm of existence. We are to be respectful of the others' rights that are equal to our rights. No one above the other, respecting each other, and encouraging each other. In following a team method, we are ensured of food, water, clothing, shelter, and the ability to pursue those things which make us happy.
Without doubt, no one is going to be happy 100% of the time, for there are obstacles along the way. It's absolutely 100% okay not to be happy 100% of the time.
By the same token, none of us will be healthy 100% of the time. Illnesses and diseases come and go; they are huge obstacles on our paths to happiness. It is our goal, our mission, to survive illnesses, diseases, obstacles. We don't have to conquer them (although that would be pretty cool), but we have to learn to adapt and overcome the obstacles in our paths without creating greater misery to those around us. If we are causing misery, then we are infringing on everyone else's rights to their pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness.
Instead of using any media (social, print, television, and others) to berate others' choices and abilities, why not use those to respectfully work together to get through an ugly time period for all of us? Why not use the media for good rather than gossip, fear-mongering, hate-speech, and passing judgement?
I encourage each of you to step away from media for 24 hours, a week, or whatever it takes to let you look at your neighbor as a fellow human doing his/her best in this situation, receiving a myriad of mixed signals (as we all are). Assess what you can do to help your neighbors. Assess how you can pursue your happiness without causing painful emotions and situations for those around you. Work on your kind and sharing words. Try to leave the 'meanies' at the door and don't pick them back up when you go out again; let them fly away into the stratosphere so that you become a kinder human being.
Abraham Lincoln (you know, the wise President during the Civil War) predicted America would not be destroyed by outside forces, but rather that we would tear ourselves apart. He was right.
Before we tear ourselves apart, folks, let's work to build the free and equal America that good ol' Abe envisioned: an America wherein all are created equal with the same rights to pursue happiness. That vision allows for human failure, learning from mistakes, working well with others, sharing when needed. That vision does not allow for tearing down your neighbor because he/she does/does not wear a mask. IF we cannot handle simple things, we will never handle the big things and we will, indeed, tear our country apart, and no longer be a factor on the planet. So be it.
Maybe as such a young country compared to others on the globe, the USA peaked too soon. Where is there to go once you've reached to the top? If we're going to stay on top as a major contributor to this planet and our own well-being, it is imperative that we conquer selfishness and put our health, well-being, and economy ahead of our egos.
We, as United States citizens, have no clue how good we've had it for decades and how good we have it now compared to many spots around the globe. We talk of being oppressed and subjugated, but if we were to visit countries that do not have a constitution guaranteeing life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness, we would soon realize just what we do have here.
Do I believe we could lose our rights? Without a doubt.
Do I believe it will actually come from our executives in government? Nope.
Do I believe it will come from ourselves and the factions/cliques with which we align ourselves? You bet.
Do I believe we need to stop bickering like hens over the last piece of corn in the feeder? Beyond a shadow of a doubt!
If you want to follow guidelines and wear a mask that some deem ineffective, go ahead.
If you don't believe in the basic cloth mask, feel free to invest in the OSHA standards.
If you believe wearing a mask is an infringement on your rights, don't wear it.
If you berate a common employee for enforcing his boss's orders to require a mask in his/her establishment, shame on you! (Haven't you ever needed a job so badly to pay your bills, that you don't dare refuse the boss's edicts?)
If you boycott a business for enforcing state 'mandated' guidelines, that is your choice. The business has the choice to follow the government requirements or risk losing its license to even be open.
If you believe a business should ignore state mandates, possibly losing license to be open, then don't tell me you are for the local businesses and supporting the economy. Those businesses are between a rock and a hard place and are jumping through hoops to hold on to their livelihoods! PLEASE SUPPORT THEM IN ANY WAY YOU CAN.
If you disagree with recommendations, mandates, and requirements regarding the COVID-19 situation, CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS AND GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVES FROM THE LOCAL LEVEL TO THE STATE LEVEL AND TO THE FEDERAL LEVEL IF NEEDED.
Griping on social media isn't solving anything, nor is it reaching those who can change regulations. All griping on social media does is maintain a level of misery for everyone else.
Do I gripe on occasion and use social media as a personal platform? Yep, just like you.
Together, we can be the change.
Do I think foul language and name-calling is a mature manner in which to convey ideas? Not in the least! Do I believe there are better ways in which to get a point across? Absolutely!
Try sharing actual information, actual research, and oh yeah, send it to the legislators, medical research facilities, government executives, and the people passing out new restrictions on a daily basis. Sharing it on social media isn't going to gain the results we seek.
We must use our constitutional rights as they were designed: to make America the pinnacle of governments, to show the world that lives and governments with a solid rule of law and order could exist. Let's prove the writer's of the U.S. Constitution correct!