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    BuzzFeed News | Tanya Chen | 3/17/20 | 3 min
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    • Jessica4 months ago

      The kindest thing to do right now, if one is privileged enough to do so, is to distance yourself from others. Reduce time spent in areas with potentially higher exposure. This is an opportunity for those who are relatively healthy to improve their relationship with technology and really use it to bring us together. And not in the way Zuckerberg always references.

      There is so much uncertainty. When will kids go back to school? How long will someone be unemployed? What about small business owners? Everyone is fighting a different battle, and no battle is greater or less than another. It’s our duty as citizens of the world to make decisions, to the best of our capability, that help our communities. That can mean staying inside for extended periods of time. Call a contact who you think may be hit very hard by the state of affairs. They need to know that other people care now, more than ever.

    • Plum4 months ago

      Data coming out now for early US cases. We have young people seriously ill. This (below) from the CDC Let’s keep each other and our doctors and buses safe! Stay in!

      American adults of all ages — not just those in their 70s, 80s and 90s — are being seriously sickened by the coronavirus, according to a report on nearly 2,500 of the first recorded cases in the United States.

      The report, issued Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that — as in other countries — the oldest patients had the greatest likelihood of dying and of being hospitalized. But of the 508 patients known to have been hospitalized, 38 percent were notably younger — between 20 and 54. And nearly half of the 121 patients who were admitted to intensive care units were adults under 65, the C.D.C. reported.

      “I think everyone should be paying attention to this,” said Stephen S. Morse, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. “It’s not just going to be the elderly. There will be people age 20 and up. They do have to be careful, even if they think that they’re young and healthy.”

      • Pegeen4 months ago

        I agree. It’s not a time to be selfish.

    • TripleG
      Reading streak
      4 months ago

      I’m glad she was able to go home the next day and quarantine herself so that her hospital bed was available for another patient!

    • Pegeen4 months ago

      This is important for those still doubtful of the seriousness of this pandemic. We each need to do our part to flatten the curve. Stay home and wait this out - it’s temporary.

    • jbuchana
      Scout
      4 months ago

      A message from a coronavirus survivor.