Surviving coronavirus wasn’t an issue we were concerned about several weeks ago. But here we are, in a world of uncertainty, not knowing what tomorrow might bring. Life as we know it has changed.

Unless you’re living under a rock, coronavirus has been the focus of the world.

Thousands of people have died, with many more thousands of deaths expected. Millions will feel the effects of unemployment or financial hardships. We are fighting an enemy that can’t be seen and we know very little about. In reality, no one is safe from the effects of this contagious disease.

We are confronting economic disasters and large scale deaths our world hasn’t seen in a hundred years. It’s overwhelming and scary to think about all the challenges in front of us.

Can we survive the coronavirus pandemic?

Surviving coronavirus is quite a complicated discussion and I certainly can’t approach this from a professional or medical perspective. There are plenty of resources to help with this (see below). However, I can provide my personal thoughts on this deadly pandemic.

I believe we can and will overcome this, but we also have to accept the gravity of the situation; many people will lose their lives or their livelihood.

Most of us will survive this pandemic, but there will likely be people we love who don’t make it. Many more people we care about will experience financial disaster or be affected in some way. It’s during this time we truly need to support each other. It’s time for every good man and woman to come to the aid of their country!

Helping others in the world

Ways we can help others.

Respect the guidelines.

It should go without saying … please follow the CDC guidelines for trying to contain this virus. We can debate all the theories and opinions, but at the end of the day, basic common sense is critical. Wash your hands, keep your distance from others, stay inside as much as possible, and don’t go to work if you feel sick.

Don’t be selfish during this pandemic and remember everything we do can have consequences for those in our community. While Covid-19 might not cause YOU problems, it could be deadly for someone else.

Stop hoarding supplies.

As a military veteran and recovering prepper, it’s completely understandable to want to stock up on everything. However, there is no real shortage of the basic supplies we need to survive. Most of us will not starve to death and we’re not going to shit more because of the virus. We have MORE than enough, unlike generations who lived during World War II.

We don’t need to hoard three months of supplies when others are starving. There are people without who don’t need to be. Think about how it would feel if you didn’t have enough to take care of your family. Be generous.

Spread optimism.

It’s easy to get caught up in all the negativity and fear right now, especially with all the news media reports. It’s important to know what’s going on in the world and to be concerned. Yet we also need to be hopeful , remain positive, and have faith we will be alright.

Being optimistic and having a future to look forward to can save lives. Prisoners of war and holocaust survivors have often said a positive mindset is what helped them survive horrific conditions. Encouraging others and sharing good news makes a huge difference in our psyche and will to survive.

Give generously.

Generosity shouldn’t end just because life has gotten tough for us. The needs will grow and we will have an opportunity to make a huge difference in meaningful ways. Giving is also good for our soul and makes us happy, a benefit for our overall health!

Donate your time. money, or talents to those who need it. You could start a Facebook group to trade supplies to delivering groceries to the elderly to giving money to people who lost work. You can sing to people online or send handwritten cards to those in quarantine. The idea to give something good back into the world.

Surviving Coronavirus is possible and it will bring valuable lessons.

There will be difficult lessons learned in this entire experience. Whether it’s about preparedness or logistics or complacency, our eyes will have been opened in various ways. Some of these lessons will be painful reminders of how things could have been better. Yet we won’t be able to do anything about the past. That’s already over.

What we face is more than a contagious virus; we face the reality we won’t be here forever. We can do what we can to survive, but there’s no guarantee beyond today regardless of this pandemic. Death or disaster can befall us at any given time for a variety of reasons.

Make the most with every opportunity you have now!

If you knew today was your last, would you really care about that extra roll of toilet paper? Would you worry about a better internet connection? Would you be “put out” spending time with your loved ones? Put life in perspective because life is short.

Perhaps surviving coronavirus will teach us more than statistics or preventative measures. Maybe we’ll fully begin to understand what really matters in the grand scheme of things. Possibly we’ll care more about family and friends or doing more to make the world a better place. This is a good thing that can come from bad.

I pray you remain healthy and safe. I hope you act in love and compassion. I know we will make it through this.

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