As Editor-in-Chief of the BillsMafia blog I have made the decision to include pertinent messages in the fight against COVID-19 to our blog. We will continue to wax poetic about our Buffalo Bills when we can, but also use our platform to pass along information and opinions we believe may help bring clarity to an increasingly alarming issue we are all facing today… and one which so far has been clouded with confusion and misinformation.
As a health care professional for over 45 years, the crisis we face with COVID-19 is unlike anything I’ve encountered during the course of my career. Not only because of its ultimate potential lethality… but because there are also some maladaptive behavioral tendencies by humans during times of crisis that we often display. This is especially true when we can’t visibly see or easily understand what we are up against.
For example, patriotism was in plentiful supply when the nation pulled together against a common enemy during 9/11. The enemy was clearly visible and consequences obvious for all to see as the Twin Towers fell to the ground. The aftermath was physically tangible. The data of the magnitude of the situation was plain for all to see.
COVID-19 is a virus. A small particle that invades our bodies and behaves in a predictable, albeit variable fashion. It is a novel cororonavirus, meaning humans have little or no immunity against it. And, because we missed our opportunity to collect reliable data, we have even less clarity with which to evaluate how this enemy within us might behave.
I also intend to focus some of my attention on the tendencies about how humans behave during crises and what each of us can do to support one another. The way people behave in times of crisis is somewhat predictable, so if we can better understand why we tend to respond in a variable manner to a similar threat, maybe we can reduce a little of the collective anxiety. At least that’s my goal for now.
Editor’s babble: If you have any interest in these matters, please follow my Twitter feed @RobynMundyWYO for information you may find helpful as we journey through this together. And please remember, being kind to one another is incredibly helpful for contributing to the greater good. We can do this. Please share this article if you found it helpful. If you have questions, toss them in the comment section and I’ll try to answer them when I can. Thank you and be well.