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Updated on Mar 17, 2020. Posted on Mar 11, 2020

Slowing The Spread Of Coronavirus Is Easier Than You Think: Just Stay Home

Stay home, avoid spreading coronavirus, save lives. It's that simple.

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Are you young and healthy and want to literally SAVE LIVES?

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Now is your chance.
The new coronavirus spreading around the world has already killed over 3,000 people. Lucky for you, it almost never kills someone who is young and healthy.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t worry!!! It is still REALLY BAD for you to get coronavirus — even a very mild case.

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Why? Because the more people get it, the faster it spreads, and when it spreads fast it is bad for your grandparents and people with diabetes, respiratory problems, or hypertension, and it is super bad for our health care system.

The scariest part is that you can spread it before you even know you have it since the symptoms take many days or weeks to show up after you’ve been infected. Think about all the places you go and things you touch over five days of your regular life.

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Hospitals can’t handle thousands of sick people showing up all at once.

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Imagine every single old person and sick person in the country having to visit the hospital at the same time! Even worse — imagine that the doctors and nurses also get sick — so a bunch of them can’t see patients... That is what could happen two weeks from now across America. It’s happening right now in Italy, and it’s really really bad.

If we don’t keep the number of sick people below the capacity of our health care system, many more people will die. Hospitals will be overwhelmed with patients AND understaffed at the same time. And it’s not just the COVID-19 patients that are at risk — other sick people of all ages and emergency cases like car accident victims will be impossible to take care of when the system is too slammed to work.

But YOU have the power to SLOW THIS DOWN...

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It’s called flattening the curve, and it’s possible. The slower it spreads, the more lives doctors and hospitals can save.

Young and healthy people, here's all you have to do:

1. Use Good Hygiene
Wash your hands, often. For an annoyingly long time. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. These are things we all know, but not things we all do. Now’s the time.

2. Stay Home
Avoid parties and gatherings. Work from home, if you have the choice and it’s possible with your job. Avoid traveling as much as you can, especially planes, trains, and most of all cruise ships. Cancel or move events if you’re the organizer. It's called social distancing, and it's the best tool we have to stop the spread.

This isn't all or nothing. Not everything can be postponed and not everyone can work from home. But skipping big events or outings when you have the option to do so will be a big help.

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And if you're sick AT ALL, even if you don't think it's COVID-19, you should definitely stay home.

This really does work! It’s simple math. And it’s working right now in Japan and South Korea.

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The entire population of South Korea effectively slowed down on a massive scale, and their curve has slowed with it. They’re beating the spread.

Meanwhile in Italy, they started too late. Hospitals failed, and more people are dying every day. People are losing their grandparents and parents and friends.

Below is the chart with new deaths per day in #Italy. 👉Highest amount of #COVID19 deaths reported in 24 hours by 1 country: 1. 🇮🇹 Italy +168 (10 Mar) 2. 🇨🇳 China +150 (23 Feb) 3. 🇨🇳 China +143 (14 Feb) 4. 🇨🇳 China +142 (15 Feb) 5. 🇨🇳 China +136 (18 Feb) 6. 🇮🇹 Italy +133 (8 Mar)

Now, we are all faced with hard personal choices!

Yes, this will disrupt your life in the short-term. Yes, it’s hard and annoying to change your plans and to work from home (if you're able to) and to not go to the mall or an event or vacation you were excited about.

But if someone you knew was at risk of dying, and you knew there was something you could do to help, wouldn’t you do it?

So skip the conference.

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Even if an event isn't canceled, you can choose not to attend.

Miss that race that you trained for.

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Be a hero. There will be more races.

Postpone your trip.

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Skip the play that you paid good money for and couldn’t wait to see.

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It's a bummer, but it’s also the right thing to do.

If you’re wondering why the US government isn’t offering more testing, more guidance, or more leadership the way other countries have been, that’s a fair point!

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They should be. And if you don’t like the way the government is running, please register and vote. In the meantime, you have choices and can make a difference!

So what happens if we skip all these social activities, which make life worth living, and it turns out to not be that bad? Won’t we look back and say we all overreacted?

YES. And that’s the thing we want. If we DON’T do these things then we’ll have Italy-level death rates and we’ll look back and say we all UNDER-reacted. So either way, it’ll look like we made the wrong choice. But now you know what the right choices are.

The key to slowing this down is YOU!!! Especially if you are young and healthy and you have the ability to choose.

We can help SAVE LIVES together, by staying farther apart.

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Tag or share this with friends who need convincing. You really can make a difference.