Making Sense of COVID-19 Blog #1: Common Sense
A blog series on SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) and how spread is eliminated.
This blog series was inspired by the many questions people ask on this topic (see our FAQ links for more)
It used to be that common sense said the Earth is flat. Now, it's a ball. What made the difference? Education.
The goal of this series is to help those who want a common-sense understanding of how SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) attacks the body, who is at risk, how dangerous it is and how to lower the risk of infection, and eventually how to end the pandemic.
We all can understand fundamentals. When we know the truth about something, it becomes common sense for us. For instance, we all discovered that fire would burn our skin …common sense. Our seeking to understand reality makes us all scientists.Life in this world is dangerous for everyone. Lack of understanding is like walking in the dark. We bump into things and get hurt. Understanding is like light that helps us know how to walk safely. The sooner we learn to see the light, the better, and no-one can learn this for us. It is a personal responsibility (Responsibility -[common sense gives us] the ability to respond wisely to circumstances.)
When we get hurt, we can notice that our body works to restore its health. But we learn that we have a role to play in maintaining our health. We learn to avoid the things that would hurt us, or we will keep getting hurt and not live free of dis-ease. We learn to protect ourselves from the dangers of living in this world.
You might have noticed that in nature, as a predator seeks a meal, he chooses prey that is easy to catch and eat. Common sense says don’t be easy prey.
An infectious disease is like a predator that can infect anyone but only causes damage to those who are weak in some way. It becomes a fight to win the battle. Common sense says become strong and healthy so you can win the battle with an enemy.
We are social creatures. We have loved ones. Common sense also says learn to be responsible and do what you can to help your community be safe, strong and healthy.
Disclaimer: We make no claim that these teachings are up-to-date. Researched by a scientist, they are current understanding, to the best of our knowledge. Consult medical professionals before making medical decisions for yourself or others, just to be sure. Be safe, be careful. SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) is a serious enemy that can kill.
The next blog provides The Basics of any Virus Infection.