My habits of social distancing and such have been ingrained into my lifestyle for some 35 years. Nothing new in my behaviors when out in public I personally don't like smelling other peoples bad breath. The inconvenience of finding empty shelves of toilet paper or standing in line is something that I can live without. I follow the rules and stay informed but I don't live in fear. I think my body would rather be exposed to a new virus in the early stages rather than the latter giving it a better chance to adapt to it.
" Now we know that 97% to 98% of those infected get better. It’s not such a devastating illness that kills everyone. It’s very important to understand that.” Epidemics that spread very quick are usually associated with lower mortality.
So of course the current goal posts need to be changed.
Have you ever thought that the general public are avoiding you, for the same or different reasons?
The problem with stats is they don’t identify who gets killed and who doesn’t.
Sure, there’s a probability factor but if you’re dead, your dead.
It’s not that any of us are willing to take our chances without knowing, no matter how small the numbers look, who’s name is on the bullets.
You previously identified road fatalities as a comparison. I, too, feel we neglect continuing killers of us humans as if they are a necessity of modern life. Gun deaths is another.
But we do still make personal steps to ensure our safeguard. Sometimes our decisions are based on convenience, other times it’s financial, then again it might be a community requirement or a regulation or law.
In making our decisions we consider ourselves first, that’s for sure. Like riding a motor cycle. In the tropics it’s exceptionally uncomfortable to wear all the protective gear. Personally, I choose not to, except that which is required by law.
That’s my choice. The only harm I do is to myself if I have an accident. I take my chances. I don’t always see it coming. I have the scars to prove it. Ouch!
But with a virus that can kill (not everyone) if I get it then I put others at risk. Even if I don’t die (and I am a high risk candidate) there is a risk to those I might inadvertently come in contact with, either sirectly or indirectly. Do the Maths James. You know about exponential functions.
But if only one person is affected that’s one too many.
You’re one of the lucky ones, James. Once you started talking people would run for the hills. The Eric Olthwaite of OPF.
For me I’m less fortunate. Children come running to me, teens swoon all over me, middle aged women can’t keep their hands off me, the elderly want t just cuddle me. It’s a burden I bare with dignity nd grace. I’m sure you can understand why I wouldn’t go out in public when there is a danger the the entire population of DARWIN.