Bob Mitchell: Thoughts on COVID-19 pandemic

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Back in the early spring when the Cassville Senior Center announced it was closing for service at their facility due to the COVID-19 spread in the country, one individual, not well informed on many subjects, exclaimed, “silly, silly, silly,” right in the face of the director.

This isn’t a new fact, it was mentioned in this column at the time.

Now, my question is, does this person know what a pandemic is now? If this individual still isn’t knowledgeable about the health situation in this country, then all anyone can do for him is pray that God will take care of him!

Follow the medics

While the virus situation in these United States has been, among other things, politicized to the furthest extent, there is really one reliable source of information available today. The process is simple. Just go to your family doctor, with whom you should have confidence, and ask him or her about the virus. As any medic or person of science will advise you, there are a few simple procedures that are the ones to follow to combat this disease. These simple procedures are masking and distancing from others whenever possible. This will help prevent even greater death numbers in this country.

It has been proven by statistics since the start of the pandemic that those cities and states that have followed political reasoning have suffered the most, as numbers keep climbing in those states who have played follow the leader in a political nature of the situation. And, well into the existence and spread of the disease, there are still states and regions that are avoiding guidelines well established by health authorities, and their population continues to add numbers to the millions of Americans suffering as a result.

We are quarantined

Where we’re living today, in a retirement campus here in Springfield, there is little activity scheduled and restrictions don’t seem to be having a great deal to do with everyday life. Meals, in our section, are by delivery only, and the activity center might as well be across town since it’s not being fully utilized, so individuals are left with providing their own activity or enjoyment. Church services, in an adequate chapel, are not being held.

Even in the Springfield area, activities are at a minimum with little prospect of that changing anytime in the near future.

Then there are schools

With the time of the year arriving for schools to open, authorities are struggling with that matter hard and fast. Here again, any advice other than from medicine, science and educators should not be considered.

Back in the 1930s

Today’s situation could well compare to 50 or more years ago when Polio, or Infantile Paralysis, stood the nation at a standstill and shutdown many an activity. There were a number of restrictions on lifestyle in those days as the crippling disease swept the country.

Kids were advised to avoid swimming in Flat Creek, even though it was decided this probably was an unnecessary procedure, but, there were other restrictions that a community would face during those times.

Then, along came the March of Dimes, which was a popular charity throughout Barry County, providing funds for research eventually providing the Salk vaccine.

While not reaching the depth of this virus, the sight of those hit by Polio living in Iron Lungs was sufficient to establish prevention methods.

Follow good advice

Like I suggested initially, there is a serious pandemic sweeping this country that needs the respect of everyone if it is to be overcome and until a vaccine is available to ward off this disease that has struck the world.

Until that day comes, do the right things, think about others and take care of yourselves.

For the person who at first thought the situation was “silly,” do you understand it now?

Off the spike

In a hopefully lighter side, let’s go to the spike for a few observations.

Did you know rubber bands lasted longer if refrigerated?

How about this one, the microwave was invented when a scientist walked by some radar as his chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

Bob Mitchell is the former editor and publisher of the Cassville Democrat. He is a 2017 inductee to both the Missouri Press Association Hall of Fame and Missouri Southern State University’s Regional Media Hall of Fame.