Geez… Talk about a crazy couple of weeks. Whether you are an entrepreneur or not, the last two weeks have had a hell of an impact on life, yet somehow, there are still people failing to take this virus seriously. I’m going to be honest… I was pissed. I wasn’t pissed because the virus was/is putting extreme financial strain on my businesses, I was pissed because some people weren’t taking this virus seriously. But then, as I took a quick outdoor walk with my wife (don’t worry, we live in the country where there is plenty of social distancing), I realized the only reason people are failing to take this virus seriously is because they aren’t looking at the data or the real stories from our medical frontliners.
So I figured I’d do my part to explain why I believe it’s a big deal to socially distance and continue to help our frontline medical staffers get through these tough times.
Why I take Coronavirus seriously.
I’ll start with the selfish reason: When I was in high school I got pretty darn sick. I actually got sick enough that I spent most of my Senior year at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota receiving tests and treatments. Life was unique, and without getting into the details of what went on, it left me as a 26-year-old who is compromised when it comes to scary viruses (that made me sound childish). That doesn’t mean I’d die if I got the coronavirus, but it does mean I’d potentially get very, very sick like millions of other people around the world and put added strain on the healthcare system. Therefore, selfishly I’m doing my part to socially distance for the sake of my wife, my family and other individuals that need hospital beds much more than me.
The second reason: My Father (who also happens to be my hero), is a doctor, medical director, and president of his medical practice, which means, he’s had some tough decisions to make over the past several weeks on exactly how to prepare for the coronavirus spread. I’ve witnessed first hand, how hard our medical staffers are working to make sure each of us get the medical attention we need if/when the virus spreads to our part of the world (we live in Minnesota). Sadly, other locations aren’t nearly as lucky and that is why we must flatten the curve.
Here are some stats for you.
On March 24, 2020, these are the real numbers the world is currently dealing with:
- Total Coronavirus Cases Worldwide: 417,676 PEOPLE
- Total Deaths Worldwide: 18,605 PEOPLE
- Recovered Worldwide: 108,312 PEOPLE
- Total Cases In The U.S.: 53,013 PEOPLE
- Total U.S. Deaths: 685 PEOPLE
- Total Recovered: 370 PEOPLE
No More Drama
Sorry for getting a little bit dramatic in the previous paragraph, I just wanted to make it real. I’ll skip the drama for a moment and share a few quotes that I want each of you to digest prior to living your day-to-day lives like “normal”. By the way, each of these quotes are from March 24, things will have changed if you read this in the not so distant future.
Take Coronavirus Seriously
Whether you choose to take it seriously for your grandparents, your parents, yourself, or for our doctors; the world needs you to step up and do your part to flatten the curve. This site is designed for entrepreneurs, which means, as an entrepreneur you’re meant to be a leader. Figure out a way to help people do their jobs while social distancing, so doctors like Craig Spencer can do his.