The Dangerous Psychology of Coronavirus, Part 2

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As the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic continues to afflict our society and our world, many of us are starting to wonder where it will all end.  As noted in our first installment, enforced distancing and being held captive in our own homes is wrecking untold psychological damage on most of us as individuals, and on the American mindset as a whole.

We are a nation of workers, workers of all stripes.  As one can readily see, even from our corrupt mainstream media, people in many states are just fed up with having to sit idly by while our nation’s economy dies on the vine as millions find themselves unable to work.  That feeling of impotence, the hopelessness that is trumpeted by media, is unsettling for most of us who see the need to slow the spread of the virus, but who also desperately need to make a living for our families and for ourselves.  We want to be good citizens, but we also want to survive and thrive.  And we will only wither away in depression and helplessness should we suckle too long at the government’s breast.

The CDC warns that the stress of living in this artificially compromised environment may lead to a number of serious issues, including fear and worry about one’s own health and the health of loved ones; negative changes in sleep or eating patterns; difficulty sleeping or concentrating; worsening of chronic health problems; worsening of mental health conditions, and increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.  The stress of having to slog through life in a near-dead economy is one thing, but even worse is the stress of watching the chaos continue unabated.

Yet we are not as helpless as some would lead us to believe.  I am reminded of the oft-told story of a Midwest town under heavy rains with floodwaters quickly building up.  The pastor of a large church in that town stands on the steps of his church and watches as the water begins swirling around his knees.  A man comes by in a rowboat and says, “Pastor, jump in my boat and I will take you to safety.”  “No,” says the clergyman, “The Lord will provide.”  A few hours later, with water now up to the pastor’s chest, the boatman comes by again and offers rescue, but again the pastor declares, “The lord will provide.”  Some hours later, the pastor (who cannot swim) drowns in the swirling floodwaters.

Now in Heaven, our pastor is puzzled and angry and demands to see The Head Man.  Granted an audience with the Almighty, the pastor complains, “I put my faith in You but You let me die out there in the floodwaters!”  “Well what do you want from me?” says the Lord.  “I sent the boat for you twice!”

So what “boats” have been sent to us and for us that we might survive the current ordeal?  First, there is the fact that there are many positive developments that are often not reported.  For example (at this writing), even with expanded testing, the CDC reports COVID-19-related deaths in the U.S. are occurring in less than 5 percent of those diagnosed with the condition, while nearly 10 percent have already recovered.  When we consider COVID-19 cases as a percentage of the entire US population, the infection rate is slightly more than two-tenths of one percent–a small number by any reckoning.

Next, we are seeing that the “curve” of COVID-19 incidence has indeed been flattening out, and hospitalizations are down even in hotspots like New York.  The light at the end of our collective dark tunnel is growing ever larger and brighter as we move closer to it.

There have also been a number of promising studies and anecdotal reports about very effective treatments for COVID-19 being tested in the US and abroad.  While there doesn’t seem to be one treatment that works for all, there are several treatments that have worked for many.

As noted in our previous article, the numbers and the developments are on our side.  States are beginning to cautiously open up their beaches and other facilities.  All of these developments are a shot in the arm to our COVID-inspired lethargy and sadness.  The key, as always, is to shun fear and political foolishness.  Let’s look to the growing light of our situation and rely on the Light of the World.