Stopping Covid Means Stopping Bad Habits

I recently saw in the news that a high school in a nearby town has over 100 cases of Covid-19 and the district is planning on switching to distance learning. I thought we’d at least make it through September but it looks like many schools may switch to distance learning before Labor Day Weekend.

It seems every day, there are people dying of Covid who spoke out passionately and publicly about how they are NOT getting the vaccine NOR wearing their masks. While some people are laughing or at least smiling in private, I’m not.

Dying of Covid complication is no laughing matter. Being someone who spent six-seven years taking care of someone who was on oxygen, there were many times I was preparing for the worst. The stress alone causes problems on the caregivers.

You don’t get a time to eat healthy food. You’re too tired to cook. You don’t get time to exercise.

What’s worse is that people are saying that a healthy diet and exercise will also boost your immune system?

You know what also boosts your immune system? Rest.

We live in a society where we criticize people for taking naps. If someone sleeps 10-12 hours on the weekend or a day off of work, let them. These chest-thumpers who walk around talking about how they only sleep four or five hours a night are actually hurting their bodies more.

They’re always pointing their fingers at people like me. I’m a big person. I try to eat healthy but I’m tired of telling people what I eat. It’s none of their damned business. This is ableism, nothing more, nothing less.

Too much Vitamin C can cause diarrhea. Also a lot of those multivitamins you find at Walmart of the Dollar General can also hurt you. I remember when I was 23 taking them and I got so sick I vomited for the first time in over three years. I don’t know if that’s what caused it, but I stopped taking the vitamins.

Our bodies are developed differently. People can run marathons but still develop serious illnesses. You can not eat ice cream or cake for years but still have heart disease.

I don’t know why conservatives and Christians behave like the best thing to do is to ingest multiple vitamins. Religious figures are more dangerous than they’re helpful. If religion, or specifically, Christianity was all it took, then why do people who attend churches still die?

People are looking solely toward religion as the magic bullet to feel better. If you want to pray to make yourself feel better, then pray. If you want to pray that other people get better, then please pray. If you want to pray to give people who work in the medical field strength, then by all means do it. But a strong immune system and strong faith aren’t the right thing.

Even if you get Covid but don’t have serious symptoms, you’re passing it to other people. It’s no surprise schools are reporting increases because for decades, we’ve encouraged kids to go to school when they’re damn near death.

And what has happened in the last 30 years surprises me. In the Winter of 1989, a string of the flu swept through the southeast if not the country. I remember many schools in Georgia, where I grew up closed because most of the students, faculty and staff were sick they didn’t want to spread it. The following November when the flu shots became available, they were taking kids by the busloads to the county health department.

Now, you have people who don’t want to take the flu shot or a Covid vaccine. And most of these people are the ones who either got sick back in 1989 or their kids got sick. My school never shut down.

But it’s foolish we reward perfect attendance as if it’s some form of accomplishment. Most kids go to school when they’re sick because their parents either force them to or the teachers won’t let them make things up. That’s the world we live in nowadays.

My feeling is that we’re going to hit at least one million dead by the end of the year. No one has bothered to think of the long-term effects. I saw a young nurse down in Texas begin to cry after finishing her shift. I know it must have a horrifying effect on nurses and doctors watching young children die.

The sad fact is we’re hurting other people who are sick. People who suffer strokes, get into accidents, have cancer, are being turned away at hospitals because the beds are full. And let me tell you, there is nothing more horrible than sitting in an ER waiting room for hours with someone who is so sick, they can barely sit up. You continue to ask the people at the desk how much longer it’ll be. You actually hope no one else shows up. Or that their complaints aren’t as serious.

It infuriates me that Christians who talk about loving other people aren’t taking any of this into consideration. In a perfect world, we’d convert churches to shelters, but a lot of church people throw their foot down and say, “No!”

With Hurricane Ida threatening Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, how many churches which could act as shelters are immediately going to say, not only no, but “Hell no!”

In many ways, and I hate to say this, Covid is just nature’s way of taking care of itself. They’re saying if we don’t drastically make changes, our climate will be affected in 30 years past the point of no return.

The Spanish Flu came at the tail end of the Industrial Revolution. A lot of Millenials and Xers aren’t having children and even said they don’t want children. I think a lot of Gen Zers are also thinking the same.

What this will do along with Covid is create a decrease in population, which hopefully help with climate change. They even say that the population in America is already decreasing for the first time since the Great Depression. I had a feeling the 2020s would be a change to to world and I can see that happening.

I don’t want anyone to die of an illness. But unfortunately, living in a society is like a group project. Some people do most of the work. Others don’t but expect to get the same grade.

Only now are they realizing, they’re getting a F and nothing can be done to improve it.

Published by bobbyzane420

I'm an award winning journalist and photographer who covered dozens of homicides and even interviewed President Jimmy Carter on multiple occasions. A back injury in 2011 and other family medical emergencies sidelined my journalism career. But now, I'm doing my own thing, focusing on movies (one of my favorite topics), current events and politics (another favorite topic) and just anything I feel needs to be posted. Thank you for reading.

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