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Covid 19 Conspiracy theories – Seriously

My conspiracy theory…

In a laboratory in Wuhan, a cat is left to play by himself overnight and wanders aimlessly through the various labs.  As it walks through one lab, it sees a vial that is sitting up on it’s base, seemingly calling to him…’Come play with me.’  The cat, feeling curious and mischievous as most cats are, jumps up and sniffs the test tube.  The tube simply sits there and as the cat pats at it, it shakes back and forth on its base.  The cat finds this fun and continues to pat at it, wiggling the base closer and closer to the edge of the table.  Finally, with one last paw to glass touch, the vial falls and scares the cat.  The animal jumps down and looks at what it has done, and then wanders away to see what else it can find in his wanderings.

The next day, the laboratory workers come in and see the broken tube, and immediately take the steps to close up the lab and notify the supervisors of what has occurred.  As little is known of this new virus that was being worked on, all steps are taken to assure that it is contained.  The negative pressure within the lab is kicked on, and the clean up crew don their HazMat suits.

As time goes on, about two weeks if my timeline is correct, life in the lab returns to normal except for a cat that seems to have cute sneezes that the staff find amusing.  As the laboratory closes for the night, the cat again goes for it’s walk to find something new to play with.  Tonight is an exciting one.  A new cage has arrived in one of the labs.  It is filled with live bats.  The chirping and constant movement has the cat moved to a new level of excitement.  It stalks the cage, and as it does, the bats become increasingly erratic.  The cat inches ever closer to the creatures cage, and with incredible preciseness, is able to grab one of the bats and bites it.  The bat however fights back and gets away.  The cat continues to play through the night, however has little luck catching its prey again.  The night passes, and the cat finds a new napping place.

The next day the workers return, and those who are to work with the bats enter the holding area.  They carefully move the bats to individual cages and while doing so, find the injured bat.  Knowing that the bat is not likely going to survive, it is set to the side.  One of the workers decides that this would make a wonderful dinner for himself and will sneak it out after his shift.

The bat is taken home and sits in the man’s refrigerator for 4 days before being eaten.  As the worker continues to work, he one day reports to his provider feeling like he is getting sick, and is not sure what is going on.  The doctor tells him it is likely a virus, and should return home and rest.  On his way home, he decides that a good bowl of fish soup always makes him feel better, and wanders to the overcrowded fish market in Wuhan, and picks up some fresh fish.   The rest my friends is what we call – history.

Now let me be clear, if you want to buy into this conspiracy theory, I also have a great piece of property with a large bridge for sale in the San Francisco area.

Conspiracies have been around forever – yes forever.  Pre biblical times, and do you know why they are used?  To create unrest and divide societies.  They’re so successful that they are still used today.  Do you know that some of the most highly successful conspiracy theories have led to such things as having entire populations euthanized, and one of the most recent almost caused a nuclear war.  Why do people want to hook onto these?  Because we live in eras when things like this pandemic should never be able to happen in their minds.  What’s more, the fact that the Alpha Dog (humans) are forced to realize the real alpha could be something so small that you can only see it in an electron microscope.  No one wants to feel that way, or forced to realized that it’s control has limitations.  Ask any creature that is now extinct, it would tell you the same.

The other fact about conspiracies that scare most people is the level of unrest and division it can cause.  We live in a country where free speech is a part of our foundation, however it should not lead people to the ideals of civil unrest and violence.  We should be able to share our feelings on things, and although disagree with how someone else feels, be able to go out and not worry about a group forming to try and establish it as a power to be reckoned with.  That is not what this country, what our troops have fought for, what we as Americans are about.

So take the conspiracies that you read, listen to ideals that are being shared, but realize this – we are nothing unless united as one nation.  We can beat this virus, but need to do it in a civil way and come through it stronger.  There is a new saying I love, “The vibe will attract the tribe”, and I believe that is where we all need to be coming from at this time.

Stay strong, stay united, and enjoy the stories – or as I like to call them, the conspiracy theories.

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What Covid 19 is not

So most of you may know I’m a registered nurse.  I have seen some crazy things over the past couple months, and some of it is worth sharing with the hopes you’ll pass the info along.

Covid 19 is contagious.  I know shocker, right?  However I can’t tell you the number of people who have been notified they’re positive for the virus, and yet they’re out shopping and visiting others without concern.  “I don’t feel sick.”  THAT’S AWESOME!  NOW GO HOME!  Why is it people don’t get the fact that just because they’re not feeling all that sick doesn’t mean they couldn’t put someone on a ventilator?  Maybe they missed the fact that Covid 19 is contagious and that the symptoms vary from one person to the next.  Maybe they thought, well everyone else is staying home so I won’t get anyone sick – “Did you think that when you passed the elderly couple in the grocery store?”  I don’t think I need to elaborate on the fact that one only member of the couple is going home.

Next, “Covid 19 is contagious, but so long as it’s someone I know and we stay 6 feet apart we’ll be fine.”  Folks, I do not want to have to explain this to one more patient.  Corona Virus is spread in the air.  Where it lands becomes an opportunity to pick up a ride with the next person who puts their hand down.  Let’s go with an example.  Four friends decide to meet up.  They all stand by a car.  One is in the front, one in the back, and one on each side.  One coughs and says it’s just allergies.  He looks pretty healthy and everyone blows it off.  One of the friends touches an area of the car where a droplet from the cough landed, and then rubs his nose.  The friend is also an Asthmatic.  Do you want to be that friend who actually had the virus, thought it was allergies, and now is hearing about his friend who is in the ER and is about to be put on a ventilator?  Think I’m exagerating?  Tell me why a guy who builds vacuums is building ventilators?  Hmmmm

“Most people will recover from Covid 19.”  Yep, however you don’t walk by or talk to only those folks.  If that were true, why do you think those working in the ER, in doctor’s offices, in the hospitals are wearing gowns, N95 masks, and face shields?  This is not rocket science.  If this is truly what you believe, let me just share that if common sense were lard, you wouldn’t be able to grease a pan.

Do I sound passionate about this?  Yep!  I have watched and listened to patients and families over the past couple months come to the realization that Covid 19 doesn’t care about anyone but itself.  It would love to spend time with as many people as possible, and make it so you can’t spend time with anyone else.

This will pass, however it won’t without leaving families without loved ones.  It won’t without forcing small businesses to close.  It won’t without making damn sure you don’t ever forget Covid 19.  As one who deals with it, the sooner I can say it’s also a history lesson can’t happen soon enough.

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