Here’s a big difference between living in China during COVID19 and seeing the virus running amok in a place like America:
Actually hearing about the people who are dying.
I never heard a thing in China. I never knew anyone with the virus, I never heard about people who had the virus, I never knew anyone who knew anyone whose lives was impacted by the virus in a direct way. I saw the numbers, but I didn’t see one social media response from anyone who was experiencing the loss of a loved one to the virus.
Now, I’m hearing about it.
Now, I know someone who has lost someone to the virus.
Now, I’m seeing on social media where people are losing family to the virus.
Now, I know people who are working the front lines, people who are working with people who may potentially have the virus.
Now, suddenly, after two months, it’s become a real thing.
People are dying, and we’re going to be hearing more and more about it. More messages about uncles and aunts and grandparents.
And it sucks.
And it makes what the rest of us are doing that much more important:
Staying at home.
Such a simple thing, staying at home. We watch some movies, we do some internet learning, we make some cookies.
But it will have such a profound effect.
It will literally save lives.
Who would have thought that binging Netflix would actually be a socially responsible thing to do?
But that is what 2020 has brought us. Netflix and chill. Netflix and chill and chill and chill and chill.
And after we’ve chilled enough, maybe this thing will have passed. We will lose people along the way, but maybe not near as many as would have lost otherwise.
Netflix and chill.