"Dear friends. My fellow humans. Please share.
I don’t know what to do. I literally want to cry right now because so many people I know are taking what’s happening with coronavirus too lightly.
We are on the brink of a preventable global catastrophe due to this pandemic.
We only have a few days left to help the situation and in one very simple way.
PLEASE STAY HOME!
Yes, it’s that simple. Don’t go anywhere for a few weeks unless it is necessary for your survival.
I know it sounds extreme, but there are lots of asymptomatic carriers in the community who haven’t been diagnosed with COVID-19 yet and who are unknowingly spreading the disease.
Every time you leave your home, not only you are exposing yourself, you are potentially exposing EVERYONE you come in contact with for up to 4 weeks of getting the virus! (It’s less than 2 weeks in 99% of cases, but there is that 1% that’s also very real.) Even if your own symptoms are mild to none, you can infect others!
By leaving your home you could unwillingly contribute to someone’s demise. I know you don’t want that.
It doesn’t matter if you are young and healthy. If you are around other people, you may still get the virus which could be deadly to you or to someone you care about.
I’d like to make a parallel. It might sound shocking perhaps. I want to compare us leaving our homes right now to drunk driving. We can all agree that drunk driving puts people’s lives in danger. Imagine if every time you left your home you were at risk of returning completely intoxicated and accidentally hurting someone close to you. And that each time you left home, it could lead to several new drunk drivers who could kill someone? And that each of those people would create their own “set” of deadly drunk drivers and so on, like a domino effect? Can you imagine?
This is exactly what this is like, but worse! Experts in pandemics have extremely grim predictions of what will happen with COVID-19 and with the devastation that it will bring to the world. Millions will die, and it’s not science fiction. It’s reality.
Please. I am begging you. Try to hear what I am trying to say. Let’s make those predictions wrong by doing what no scientist could predict! By being kind, thoughtful, and responsible human beings - by staying home. Every single one of us!
In a few weeks, when we start seeing the aftermath of our careless decisions, it will be too late!
Don’t wait until a mandatory quarantine is instituted.
Stay home now!
By doing this you will be preventing the virus from spreading, and will help save hundreds of thousands of lives!
I don’t know how to help people understand just how critical this is, and how important it is for it to happen TODAY, NOW!
I don’t know if you can hear me, but I hope you do.
If it saves even just one life, it’s worth it.
Writing to humanity in desperation on March 15th, 2020 from San Diego, California.
With love and gratitude, Dr. Maria Danilychev, MD"
Dr. Maria Danilychev, M.D., is a San Diego based medical doctor with 20 years of experience and board-certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Hospice/Palliative Medicine, and as a Hospice Medical Director. Dr. Danilychev also conducts clinical trials and was one of the first responders during 9/11.