Back in my army days, some of us infantry grunts were tasked to become “Combat Lifesavers,” where we were trained in some basic medic/trauma tasks that could be applied in the midst of combat. Basically, we were medic helpers. This was on top of our regular duties, of course. We learned to do all kinds of cool stuff like how to seal up a sucking chest wound, how to give IV’s, and stuff like that. One thing that the instructors drilled into our heads was when you were working on someone, you should always tell them, “you’re gonna be ok, buddy.” Not “you’re gonna be alright.” It had to be “ok.” Why? We might be in combat with allies and they might not all speak English, but everyone knows what “ok” means.
So today, no matter where you are from or what language is your mother tongue, I am telling you – You’re gonna be ok, buddy.
Look, there is no doubt that this Covid-19 virus is bad juju. Don’t give me the old “it’s just the flu” line or “more people die from the flu than this” crap. This thing really targets the elderly and those who have compromised immune systems. The reason people are being told to isolate themselves as much as possible is not to keep you from getting this thing. Most of us have fine immune systems and would recover. But if we came into contact with someone who is not so strong, we might give them the sickness that kills them. We do not want to do this.
But regardless of how bad this thing is, in the end, we are going to come out fine. Humanity has survived some really nasty stuff – Bubonic Plague…Spanish Flu…Obama. We will survive this, as well.
Be smart. Don’t go out if you don’t have to. Take your Vitamin C and Fish Oil (h/t to Cheddarman for that one). Wash your hands often. And if, God forbid, you actually get this virus, stay home and do not spread it around. You are doing no one any favors by popping some ibuprofen and going to the store. These places all deliver, so take advantage of that. The choices and actions we take today are helping to lessen the blow that is coming. It might take weeks or even a few months, but it would have been much worse had we not made these decisions now.
If you are able to work from home, or you find yourself with some extra time at home, then take advantage of it. Read your Bible more. Pick up a few other books that you have been meaning to read and get after it. Play games with your family. Tell each other stories. Talk to your children and explain how things were when you were their age.
Don’t panic. Just practice common sense, and it will all be fine. We are, by God, Men of the West. Act like it.