Why You Must #StayHome

When requests first urged people, including the healthy and young, to stay home, I superficially accepted that it may be a good thing to do, but did not understand why. Then I started researching the underlying science. What I found was horrifying:

  1. According to a report from the COVID-19 Response Team at the Imperial College London, a well-respected group of scientists, without drastic changes in our social behaviors *up to 2.2 million Americans could die* from contracting Coronavirus.
  2. This is, in part, because asymptomatic carriers showing *no signs* of the virus and who may never personally “be sick” have the potential to infect everyone around them. Depending on the carrier’s activities, that could mean a single carrier puts thousands of people at risk for contracting COVID-19 even though the carrier feels healthy. To better understand this concept, click here to read about how Patient 31, a 35-year-old woman, transitioned South Korea from a country where Coronavirus was a contained outbreak to a country where multiple provinces have now been declared “special disaster zones.”
  3. As reported by sources including The New York Times, Coronavirus is especially dangerous because it lives in the air and on surfaces for hours, the longest on plastic and steel, where it *survives up to 72 hours.*.
  4. *Young people can get Coronavirus!* New CDC data shows that nearly 40% of patients with symptoms severe enough to require hospitalization are between the ages of 20 – 54. In fact, on yesterday’s segment of ABC’s Good Morning America, Surgeon General Jerome Adams called on social media influencer Kylie Jenner to help young Americans understand that they, too, are in danger of the Coronavirus outbreak.
  5. Without drastic changes, the healthcare system will be overwhelmed. Multiple sources, including USA Today, report that there are not enough hospital beds or ventilators, and doctors will be forced to choose who lives and who dies.

For the last 24-hours, it was debated whether this was the message the Spread Your Sunshine community needed today. If major news outlets and leading scientific organizations have not had an impact on social behavior, why would a Spread Your Sunshine article make a difference? Honestly, we don’t know that it will. But after scrolling through social media and continuing to see picture after picture of so many people still out and about instead of in the confines of their homes, we had to try. If we want a community to which to return after this pandemic, we must all work together to end this crisis. So, please, please, please stay home. Enjoy your kids, take a nap, rock an awesome movie marathon, anything. Anything but go out. Your life, and the lives of all those around you, depends on it.