Do Your Goddamn Duty During the Goddamn Pandemic, Dammit

“In the name of Goddo your duty.” – Atticus Finch, To Kill a. Mockingbird

In case you missed it, we are now living through a pandemic. COVID-2019 (AKA “coronavirus”) is a highly infectious virus known to infected more than 128,000 people (but due to lack of testing, probably many more) and killed 4,720 people in dozens of countries.

The virus spreads through contact as well as through the air. The contagion estimate (R0) is that a person with this virus is likely to infect 1.5-3 more people. The real twist? Symptoms don’t appear for days, or may not show up at all. So you may be carrying coronavirus and not even know it.

Why does this matter?

Because you have a job to do in this pandemic.

You may not be old. You may not have a weak immune system. You may think that you are healthy enough to recover from coronavirus. And so you may not be interested in taking precautions to avoid becoming infected – doing things like cancelling travel, cancelling events, and avoiding public spaces. You may decide to go on your merry way and pretend like this isn’t happening.

If you want to risk your own sickness, that’s fine. The problem is that you won’t just be impacting yourself. If you get infected and continue to go to public places, you are causing the pandemic to get worse. You are infecting others who will put additional burden on a healthcare system which is (at this rate) going to be overwhelmed. And you are infecting people who may die from this virus.

Imagine being the jerk who brings the flu to your office for no reason – and living with the possibility that you spread it to multiple colleagues, including some who died from it. You wouldn’t feel so good about that. You would realize that you were responsible.

Now put that same responsibility into the context of a pandemic. Your actions matter even more. Even if you don’t mind getting sick, by practicing “social distancing” you can prevent further unnecessary spread of this disease, reduce the burden on the medical system, and ensure that more people continue to live and work through this. That’s good for you and good for everybody you care about.

So for God’s sake stop going to big events, stop going to restaurants and movie theatres and the like, start washing your hands and wearing gloves, cover your damn mouth if you cough or sneeze, and prepare yourself so that you won’t need to burden hospitals with your sickness when the time comes.

Do that, and you will have done your duty in a major crisis. And that’s about one of the best things you can hope to do.

James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

Comments 1

  1. Hmmm

    Let me preface my comments by saying that your point of an incumbent civic duty imposed upon all citizens by events such as these is well taken. However, as responsible citizens we must never allow ourselves to lose sight of the bigger picture unfolding around us in times of crisis and uncertainty.

    Millions and millions of Americans get the “flue” every year. More than 30,000 Americans die from the flu, year in and year out. The rest of the world suffers from equally high number. James, 3500 people died of TB alone yesterday. So, in relative terms this so called Pandemic is still little more than a tempest in a tea cup. The death rate in China peaked several weeks ago. The world at large will all most certainly follow suit in due time.

    Responsibility: our government had a responsibility to its citizens to be prepared. Thus far, “our” government has failed miserably in dealing with this virus. The fact is we should be demanding answers from Washington explaining why “our” CDC budget, like so many domestic spending programs that help everyday Americans was slashed by 2/3’s years ago by Trump with Congressional support. Israel announced it had a “cure” within days. Finding a cure within days of it being discovered is virtually impossible unless this virus came out of a lab and israel had prior access to it. Normally, it takes many months even years to find a cure or develop a vaccine for a newly discovered virus of this complexity.

    One of our biggest responsibilities as citizens is to make sure that the government and Corporate America don’t use this virus or any other event, contrived or otherwise, as an excuse to steal more of our freedoms, rights and of course our wealth. The Reichstag Fire Syndrome is a very real and often used ploy of the American government. This so called “Pandemic” is proving to be no exception.

    Instead of taking those trillions spent on “defense” to secure our borders, rebuild our infrastructure by replacing the crumbling roads, bridges, mass transit and HOSPITALS, LABORATORIES, and education, the Congress spent our taxpayers money on war in the Middle East. 2 decades after 9-11 we still suffer under completely unsecured borders and crumbling infrastructure here at home. The folly of 30 years of acting as israel’s proxy Army, building walls to secure their borders and rebuilding and expanding their infrastructure and empire instead of reinvesting in America and the American people is now painfully obvious for all to see. Some people still call this a mistake, I call it plain old fashioned treason.

    Things are so bad it turns out that the government doesn’t have any stockpiles of basic items like disposable masks, gloves or adequate numbers of test kits available for its citizens. It doesn’t actually have a fully coordinated, well thought out plan to deal with a real “Pandemic”, let alone the assets in place to execute it. On the other hand, it does have state of the art multi-billion dollar survival bunkers for Congress and the White House and their families scattered across the country……Not to worry, those are well stocked with vaccines, test kits and yes face masks.

    Perhaps our biggest collective responsibility is to take back our country from the jewish/zionist/israeli lobbies and their Army of traitors running everything that have infested every corner of our government before the Republic is completely destroyed. Lest you think I exaggerate; the “White House” yesterday announced that his illegally employed and woefully inexperienced and completely unqualified Son in Law, the zionist dual citizen israeli Jared Kushner is now in charge of dealing with the Virus…….If he handles this “crisis” anything like he did with the Palestinian/israel’ “peace process” in which he literally gave israel everything and the Palestinians essentially nothing, means that that life as we know it in America is all but lost.

    The one thing we do not have as citizens is any responsibility to blindly follow the orders of our government if they are clearly detrimental to the freedoms, liberty, health and welfare of ourselves, our families and our great Nation…..

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