The first case of the Coronavirus has been discovered in Minnesota. Suddenly people are stocking up on toilet paper, bottled water, Lysol and hand sanitizer to the point that the big box stores are running out. The word “pandemic” is on the lips of many and we’re being advised to stay away from crowds – don’t travel – isolate ourselves from the world and everything else that happens when we are panicked into thinking the sky is falling.
I’m sure this is a serious disease. It is the top news story of every night. It’s the topic of conversation in most settings. It’s becoming the modern day “Plague,” which many believe is a sign of the end of the world. We should take it seriously, but some funny things are connected with all this madness, and I feel it my duty to share some of it with you. I firmly believe laughing is one of the best medicines known to man. So if we all fall off the edge of the earth and the sun don’t shine tomorrow, at least we’ll have fun while doing it.
Yesterday a friend posted a comment about the virus. She told us to wash our hands with soup and water. It was a typo of course, but the comments mushroomed into a bizarre mixture of what kind of soup to how much should be used. My favorite comment suggested using beer soup – preferably Corona beer. I suggested Won Ton or Egg drop. The list went on and it actually warmed my heart that this particular group of commenters wasn’t taking things seriously.
It’s really amazing to me that people are so quick to panic and set aside reason and common sense. Of course we should take precautions with any disease, but often the hype that is dealt out by the media is enough to send anyone into a frenzy. Our source of information should come from the experts, not the media.
It’s funny how things can overtake our thinking. For example, yesterday while shopping I found something I liked, but turned it over and discovered it was made in China. I put it back on the shelf. Normally I wouldn’t think twice about that, but my first thought went to where in China was this exported from.
We thought about eating Chinese last night and chuckled about the possible side effects. I read an article about using onions to draw bacteria out of the air. So as one of my friends suggested, onions will be shopped off the shelves. Actually I remember my grandmother using onions in a poultice when someone was sick. She also used dried mustard in a poultice. Think of it. All she needed was a hamburger and she’d have a happy meal. Maybe some of those old remedies are the answer. I read somewhere that onions and garlic were hung all around the houses to fend off the Black Plague.
Certainly we could all cocoon ourselves for the next century. Everything is available online except for the Coronavirus and who knows, that might be the next thing to invade our computers. Still, there’s no place like home.