stop novel coronavirus
By Patricia Belyea
Novel Coronavirus is our new world enemy. As a virus, it thrives only in host bodies. COVID-19 reproduces itself inside the cells of its living hosts. Each infected cell produces thousands of identical copies of the original virus at an exponential rate—keeping COVID-19 alive and spreading.
No enemy we have faced before has had such superpowers.
This enemy has not come in a spaceship, crashing into our world. Or across an ocean in a submarine, attacking our shores. This invisible disruptor has arrived via family, friends, co-workers, strangers—other humans, just like us.
Why should we care about this virus that is similar to influenza. Yes, it’s more invasive. And, yes, it kills at a higher rate.
But COVID-19 also takes away so much: The ability to go to work. The ability to gather. The pleasure of grandparents visiting grandchildren. The inspiration of visiting others around the world. The list goes on and on as our normal lives get upturned by this unseen biological agent.
And it brings fear. Of others. Of the future. That is perhaps the most debilitating aspect of our war with COVID-19.
We learn that the elderly and those with health conditions should do anything they can to avoid this virus. For younger people, they will likely only suffer a minor amount of discomfort and easily survive.
Whaaat? EVERYONE needs to fight this enemy. EVERYONE NEEDS TO STOP ITS SPREAD. Just because some folks will do okay with this viral infection does not make it okay for them to merrily go on with their daily lives.
All the precautions we are reading about—washing our hands, disinfecting hard surfaces—are necessary to stop the transmission of the disease. Yes, we care about these defensive activities so that we do not personally get sick. But they are uber-important so that COVID-19 can’t get a foothold in one more human being.
How can we battle this phenomenal enemy? We can’t plant victory gardens. We can’t buy bonds. But we all have to do something to ensure that COVID-19 is defeated by stopping this virus in its tracks.
Four years ago many of us donned pink hats with little ears to signal a unified political force. Perhaps we can pull those out and wear them again to show that WE are the folks who are really fighting this battle—truly doing everything we can to ensure that COVID-19 can not survive.
Let’s start a movement to show that we are the ones who ARE washing our hands. We ARE disinfecting surfaces. We ARE choosing to minimize our contact with others. Let’s signal to others that we are working to make a difference. This can bring comfort to others and begin to minimize the fear.
Let’s make more hats—in more colors and patterns. And let’s rename our hats Cat Hats so that everyone can feel comfortable wearing one. Cats are hard to herd—a perfect symbol for all of us today.
This is not a political war. This is a war with a stupid microscopic parasite. And it’s winning!
For the Novel Coronavirus to stop, we have to change our patterns and take precautionary actions to keep the virus from thriving. We have to stop traveling, meeting, gathering. No one is more special than another right now. We are all just human hosts with the potential to give more life to this killer virus.
Let’s don our Cat Hats. And let’s fight the good fight against this bizarre adversary.
Recipe for homemade hand sanitizer
Mix two-thirds 99% rubbing alcohol or ethanol with one-third pure aloe vera gel or vegetable glycerine. Refill a liquid soap dispenser with your homemade sanitizer.
Recipe for homemade disinfectant wipes
Place a roll of paper towels in a tall cylindrical container like a plastic juice jug. Mix together 2 cups of warm water with one cup of 70% or higher rubbing alcohol. Add ten drops of an essential oil, if you like.
Pour the mixture over the paper towels so they all get soaked. Once the cardboard core is softened you can pull it out. Remove towels one at a time from the center. Keep sealed when not in use.
Add 2 tsp of original blue Dawn Detergent.
Cut your roll of paper towel in half and use a shorter container.
Use squares of fabric instead of paper towels and wash between uses.
Use small zipper-style bags to take your wipes on the go.