Being human sucks right now. Sure, it’s great to be alive as the dominant species on the only planet in the universe (currently )known to support life, but it sucks all the same.
The Covid 19 Coronavirus variant is not quite in full swing but it’s getting ready.
Currently, we’re sitting on the slope of an exponential curve, which is about to explode upwards – the virus is about to go viral if you will.
On the off-chance you’ve been living under a rock for the last to months, or if I’m reading this in my dotage at the age of 139, and can’t recall events from a century back, Covid 19 is a SARS virus. That stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, and means the virus attacks the lungs of its victims, making it difficult for them to breathe.
It attacks all adults, but people over 70, are disproportionately likely to die.
People between the ages of 29 and 44 account for almost 40% of cases needing ventilation – or they’ll die too.
Overall, mortality seems to be somewhere between 2% and 10%. The numbers are not high enough to be sure yet. As of this morning, 10,000 people have died from the disease of the estimated 169,000 people who have it. Both of those figures are about to shoot the the roof**
But most people who contract the disease won’t die from it. Their lives will suck – and do suck – in other ways.
There’s the self-isolation, to slow the disease’s spread, meaning there’s no opportunity to go out to the pub or to a restaurant; there’s the closure of shops, and the general avoidance of social interaction.
In the UK, if any member of a household shows symptoms, all members need to be confined for two weeks.
People are stocking up just in case, leading to shortages on the shelves.
Toilet paper was the first to disappear followed by pasta, rice, tinned goods. Now there’s no fresh meat.
It’s my anniversary tonight. What are we supposed to have for dinner?
The streets of the UK are almost empty as people hide inside. It’s not the threat of dying that empowers the Coronavirus to make our lives miserable, it’s that our necessary precautions are sucking all the joy out of existence.
And all because some dumb individual ate an undercooked flying mammal at a wildlife market in Wuhan, China.
*looking back from two months later, yes it did get a lot worse. But we’re alive, so there’s that.
** side note from December 2020 - a mere nine months later: “OMFG”