This Is Why You Need To Stay Home

Yes, even if you’re the love child of Superman and Wonderwoman.

I’ve heard the argument a thousand times and I’ll probably hear it a thousand times more.

It’s only affecting older people and people with lower immune system.

I know damn well how that argument works because guess what. That was my stance too, a while ago. It was where I stood, until I read and educate myself more on coronavirus and the global pandemic.

No, ignorance is not a bliss.

Ignorance costs lives.

I’m a yoga teacher with a pretty healthy lifestyle.

I’ve been working out pretty much everyday (with occasional rest days) for the past few years and experimented with clean eating, being vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian (in the end I found nothing works better than moderation).

I’ve watched over my well-being for quite some time. Some people applaud my lifestyle while some criticized me for being too hard on myself and not indulging in life pleasure.

I do take pleasure in life.

I take pleasure in being healthy and I’m happy with where I am.

When coronavirus hits and the data shows that it mostly attacks people with lower immune system, I was not worried.

I still take precautions. I use hand sanitizer everywhere and practice not to touch my face. Other than being more careful and hygienic, life pretty much went on as usual.

I was good and I was chill.

IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU.

The death toll is climbing all over the world and more data and information has been made available.

The more I learn about the pandemic, the more I realize how important it is to stay at home and that THIS IS NO LONGER ONLY ABOUT ME.

Because people can carry the virus without ever realizing it, passing it on to people with weaker immune system.

The virus knows no compassion, no blood ties nor social bonds.

It doesn’t care whether you’re hugging your loved ones or your foes. It will cross over and attack.

I don’t give a crap if you go outside and the only person who will suffer the consequences is you.

It’s your life and you have every right to decide what you want to do with it.

If you wanna waste it on dancing with the devil, go ahead.

But it’s unfair to people whose lives you’ll put on jeopardy.

Because if you truly understand how this virus spread, you will understand how staying at home helps.

Have mercy for those fighting in the front line.

Yes, you can recover from coronavirus. Given enough time and the right medication, you will live (probably, no guarantee).

The reason you should stay home is not only to save your life.

There are only so many doctors and nurses available.

Our health workers are already stretched so thin.

Not only exhausted, many of them are also now infected due to the lack of proper medical gear.

When you stay home, you’re actually helping in reducing the amount of people being sent to what are already overflowing hospitals.

Because you’ll never know.

You might be walking around, unknowingly spreading the virus. You might have tested negative and contract it the next day and become a carrier.

Stay at home. Have mercy on those fighting to save lives.

Do you know how glass in your lungs feel like?

There are only so much ventilators to go around.

Yes, more and more companies are manufacturing ventilators now. But the demand is still a lot higher than the supply.

Can you imagine the fear of not being able to breathe? Or worse, feeling like there’s glass in your lungs and there’s nothing you can do about it.

The more you stay home, the less people get infected.

The less people get infected, the more there is enough medical supply to go around.

If you think you’re safe because you’re young and fit, THINK AGAIN.

Tara Langston — the lady whose video you just watched — is a healthy, fit 39-year-old. She ended up being in the ICU for 3 days.

Chloe Middleton, 21 years old, has no medical issue. Lost her life to the virus.

No one is immune.

NOT YET.

Final words.

The purpose of this article is not to scare you. There’s nothing to be afraid of.

As long as you take the necessary preventive actions, you should hopefully be fine.

What I’m trying to do here is to raise awareness on the importance of staying at home, to convince more of you that yes, you’re really saving lives when you’re not out and about.

We can get through this. We’ll get through this. But we can only get through this if we all do our part, together.

Let’s stay home.

Let’s help by not sending more people to the hospitals.

If you want to help those who are currently in need (there are many of them):

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Writer by heart. Teacher (English, Yoga, Pilates) by trade. Avid reader. World traveller. Model. You can reach me at agneslouis3108@gmail.com.

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