What a Difference a Week Makes… Or Even a Day.
This week there’s been so many changes. My son Myles and I were set to go to Tony Robbins down in California for a four-day event where there would’ve been 12,000 people at the SAP centre in San Jose and that event has been canceled. All flights to Italy and China, to the USA have been suspended, mortgage payments in Italy have now been suspended.
Over the last week we have hit mass hysteria levels with countries being closed down and locked up with no air travel in or out. The stock market was halted due to the panic selling and has been in free fall. The NBA and NHL have closed their seasons for now and that will filter out through many other sports like soccer, tennis and who knows what else.
We are all bracing for the worst and hoping for the best, but as I have said so many times, the reality is that the things we all worry about so much have about a 95% chance of NEVER happening or playing out to our worst fears but it seems to be our human nature to worry about everything. As my Grandmother so often said, “in 6 months you won’t remember what the problem was” and she was right!!
I am not saying this is not a problem, but it may be to early to know exactly where this will end up. I think with any situation like this, it is always prudent to keep a cool head and not get caught up in mass hysteria. Personally, I wouldn’t travel right now or stick my fingers in other peoples noses and then my own. I think French kisses are really not a good idea right now unless you really have the need and then if you do, self quarantine with that person for a couple of weeks, maybe on a beach somewhere as there won’t be anyone there anyways.
So how do these numbers compare to flu deaths in previous years? So far, it looks like the 2019-2020 death toll won’t be as high as it was in the 2017-2018 season, when 61,000 deaths were linked to the virus. However, it could equal or surpass the 2018-2019 season’s 34,200 flu-related deaths. Overall, the CDC estimates that 12,000 and 61,000 deaths annually since 2010 can be blamed on the flu. Globally, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the flu kills 290,000 to 650,000 people per year. I know that is not reassuring but it does put the numbers in perspective. I think the precautions that are being recommend are excellent advice for everyday use. Wash your hands regularly, cover when you sneeze, don’t go to work or deal with people when you are sick are all good practices each and every day!! I watched a 60 minutes broadcast years ago that showed how the flu and colds are spread and it all said the same thing. Don’t tough handrails and bannisters and wash your hands always. Don’t touch your eyes or face with your hands and if you want to scratch your eye, use the corner of your shirt not your hand. When you touch your eye or mouth, if you have something like a cold or flu virus on your hands, it is like injecting it into your blood stream and a sure way to pick something up. So, the best plan would be, keep your fingers out of your nose and anyone else’s, out of your eyes and tongue in your own mouth when humanly possible.
This will pass and we will be able to embrace other things to worry about once its over. We are still showing and selling properties but for the time being please don’t be offended if we refrain from hugging or shaking hands.
Have an awesome weekend!
Brian & Myles McCullough
RE/MAX of Nanaimo