When I said don’t underestimate the COVID-19, this could be read as: stay at home as much as possible, avoid group of people, stand at least 1 meter away from other people, wash your hands, which are some indications that have been said in the last weeks here.
Among these, there’s also not going to the hospital if you suspect symptoms of a COVID-19 infection, thus protecting the hospital itself. There must be a dedicated line, and a dedicated service to handle with such cases.
The problem of underestimating the infection and pandemia is that people don’t avoid contacts and gathering places as much as possible.
Here in my region, with the example of Lombardy in front of our eyes, we started to change our mentality. We started to stay home as much as possible.
But it is also important that governments establish rules of public security.
Studies on the trend of the infection, in the region of Wuhan, then in Lombardy and Italy, then again in France, Germany and Spain, show a similar outbreak of cases, with pretty much the same new cases per day (considering the time shift). Ema is just warning us, because he knows that the dramatic situation in Lombardy can be avoided with prevention, keeping it under the edge of a collapsing health service. French health professionals understood that too, and wanted to show it with this message:
The risk is that fear of not damaging economy today, will lead to a wider crisis tomorrow.
As for panic, there’s no need to bring the whole supermarket home. But buying some more food reserve won’t drain the local availability, as we’re doing right now here.
A big (virtual) hug to all the people everywhere that are struggling with this disease.
I also recommend to donate your blood before the infection approximates to its peak: lowering rates in blood donation will put some other diseased in danger.