//Make sure you make it to the other side of this pandemic

Make sure you make it to the other side of this pandemic

About 100 years ago, the H1N1 pandemic killed more than 50 million people worldwide. America suffered a loss of more than 675,000 lives. In 2019, discussions about the 1918 pandemic were almost irrelevant, moot, and far less substantive than today.

Earlier in 2020, there was a huge fright caused by the almost instant and overwhelming upsurge of COVID-19 in New York and the quick tallying of deaths. The uncertainty of how the virus spreads sent many of us in a state of confusion. Pundits, naturalists, clergy, scientists all had their varied theories, thoughts, predictions and cures. During the upsurge, many of us feared losing loved ones. The pain of a loss and not being able to visit hospitals can be burdensome.

Now, near the end of 2020, new fears arise. The pandemic has affected our friends, close loved-ones, families, and many of them are losing the fight against the virus. It is now hitting home or very close to home. 

On Oct. 24, the country hit a record-high number of new daily COVID-19 cases, recording more than 83,000 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. That number beats the previous record of more than 77,000 cases in mid-July.

As time walks by us today, whatever you do, where ever you are, whoever you’re with, remember that you are only a sniffle away from a hospital bed. Hospitals are lonely places today. In there, you are just a number. So remember to wear masks, wash hands, stay your distance, exercise, eat right and build up your immune system. There is no certainty of a vaccine. So the only way COVID-19 will leave us is through personal protection. Don’t try wishing it away. 

Leo Gilling
Leo Gilling

Leo Gilling is a social media personality, business owner, writer and photographer based in Florida.┬áHe promotes music, culture and interviews people from all walks of life on the Leo Gilling Show. His popular travel show “Falla Backa Mi” has receives millions of views. Gilling is most passionate about education. He is currently pursuing a master’s in criminal justice.