Adaptation and Social Distancing in Covid-19 Society
Despite individual rights, most people are social animals and are always prepared to change and adapt to new situations.
The Coronavirus-Covid19 Pandemic has presented one of the most challenging processes of adaptation that we have faced in recent history.
Trust and Fear
Rapid change requires quick and precise thinking, and a lot of trust from the public. But that trust only goes so far, fear and confusion has always got its ugly boot half way through the door.
World Health Organization Figures
In July 2020, according to the World Health Organisation figures , there are 10,533,779 cases of infected people on the planet. Daily new infections are rising again, and we see spikes and troughs on a daily basis, in every country.
Changes in social behaviour are imperative to our health and recovery as a society. If politicians politicize a world health pandemic of Coronavirus, while we are still trying to understand it, then they will rapidly lose the tentative trust of the public. People will follow their own opinions, and develop deaf ears to the media and politicians.
How Social Change Occurs
Normally, a change in society happens locally, or in small groups all around the globe. Think how we adapted to new methods of communication. In the 1990s we watched early adopters using expensive chunky mobile phones in public places.
The mobile phones were weird, and many people thought they were only for wealthy people.
Then, businesses used their Henry Ford style of thinking to have every individual owning a mobile phone within a year or two. They did it, and since the late 1990s we have been practicing isolating ourselves more and more with mobile phones and desktop computers. It’s the go to device when we need to speak to somebody, or simply hear another person’s voice.
We started to accept that we live in a world that changes rapidly with new technology.
Mobile phones caused new habits that caused major changes in our social communication and lifestyles. It was more exciting than frightening, yet today, we curse it for separating us from a lot of social interactions.
Enter the Coronavirus Era of Social Life
Now, we must adapt to new social rules. Firstly, temporary laws that were quickly hammered together to protect individuals from the spreading Coronavirus. Secondly, the fear factor of not knowing exactly what this virus was capable of caused most people to comply.
Social distancing was put into effect, people complied. Masks were advisory and many people adopted to wearing masks. Unfortunately, there was too much speculation about whether a mask was really helping to protect a person from infection or not; journalists and watchdog groups decided to pitch in and challenge all this mask wearing business.
Some of it was positive, and some of it was fear mongering about how a mask might not be the solution. A mask isn’t the solution, but it does help protect us.
Instincts and Herd Mentality vs Apathy
Herd mentality works in many instinctive ways. People stay clear of very sick looking people without a second thought. They stay clear of unsocial people, too. They do what they must in order to protect themselves. So once we have adapted to new social norms of distancing, and wearing masks regularly, it will be instinctive to walk a large arc around a bare faced person in a public place. The ignorant and non-compliant people become social weirdos.
People develop apathy towards “talking head” politicians who make off-the-cuff remarks about possible solutions for the Coronavirus. Suggesting that Bleach could cure it, or, it will probably just sort of disappear in time, reinforces the belief that we no longer live in a world run by intelligent people.
Untrustworthy advice, politics before public health, and opening up public spaces too early destroys trust and leads to public apathy towards any future advice.
When you see a news article about people in the US protesting their rights to not wear a mask, but they are also carry an AR 15 Assault rifle, you have to gasp and ask yourself, what are they really protesting about?
They are not protesting about a mask, they are demonstrating their constitutional and civil power, that’s all. When they don a red baseball cap, and carry a weapon, it makes them feel like they’ve got something to protect. Ask them any question about their causes, and it’ll lead back to a warped idea that they are allowed, by law, to carry and point a deadly weapon at anybody they choose to, so long as they see that person as a threat. “My World Viewism”.
Fears and Glitches in Daily Life
We do have to be careful how we go forward with good advice. Masks do protect us from becoming infected in the event of people coughing and sneezing close by, or when you stand socially distanced to a person who speaks like an opera singer — booming every word across your 1,5 meters of space, it can be frightening. Small moments of fear throughout a normal day. The new glitch in our social lives.
It is a constitutional right of every citizen to protect themselves by use of an appropriate means. A mask and social distancing, is the weapon of choice until a vaccine is developed.
It’s been going on for Years
In all hospitals and medical practices around the world, doctors and nurses have been wearing masks and gloves to treat patients, for many years. They are uncomfortable, but those doctors and nurses know that a mask goes a long way to protect their lungs from immediate health threats. That’s all we can do while we wait for a vaccine against the virus.
Masks used to Cover True Motives
Masks have become a pivotal point for creating an argument, a protest, and cause big questions to be asked about our individual rights.
We need protection from Covid-19 and the best we have right now is a mask and social distancing. That implies that society must rely on common sense to ensure that each of us wear a mask in public spaces when in close quarters to other people. When on public transport and visiting offices and shops, too.
The best we can hope for is a vaccine that will stop the virus — the hope was that it could be developed before the Covid-19 mutated into a new strain of virus. But that hasn’t happened.
Viruses not only spread quickly, they mutate in order to survive. When it’s put under pressure from anti-bodies, it works even harder and cleverer to overwhelm the antibodies, thus discovering a more resilient form of itself through mutation. Which is when we have to go back to the drawing board and keep wearing masks and keep social distancing.
New findings on Covid-19 Mutations
The media has already published new articles, July 2020, indicating that health professionals have discovered something that looks like a new mutation of Coronavirus.
When the public is confused about whether a mask helps to protect them or not, they are vulnerable to manipulation from the many “My World View” groups around the planet.
The battle against Covid-19 is a fight against the clock. It won’t just sort of disappear as time goes by, and it doesn’t understand red baseball caps and guns.
Medical scientists are working round the clock to combat the coronavirus. They understand more than they did six months ago, and give us better advice about how to avoid infection. Each passing month has delivered the message that it’s all going to take a lot longer that at first thought before a vaccine is found. We have to accept and adapt to that fact.
Wearing a mask and keeping up the discipline of social distancing is a way to combat the spread of Covid-19. The lesser rate of people infected, the larger the groups of socially safe areas we have to live in. This won’t get rid of it, but it will help in identifying “hot-spot” Covid-19 areas where people need to be extra careful and vigilant.