I’m not scared about Coronavirus, I’m scared about the loss of reason
Doctor and an Infectious Diseases Specialist Dr Abdu Sharkawy weighs in on the message we are sending our kids in the current hysteria.
Doctor and an Infectious Diseases Specialist Dr Abdu Sharkawy has expressed his fear over how the coronavirus is affecting not only our health but our minds.
In a viral post the Toronto-based expert explained he not scared of the virus, rather the way everyone is reacting to it.
“I am not scared of Covid-19. I am concerned about the implications of a novel infectious agent that has spread the world over and continues to find new footholds in different soil,” he said in a Facebook post.
“I am rightly concerned for the welfare of those who are elderly, in frail health or disenfranchised who stand to suffer mostly, and disproportionately, at the hands of this new scourge. But I am not scared of Covid-19.
“What I am scared about is the loss of reason and wave of fear that has induced the masses of society into a spellbinding spiral of panic, stockpiling obscene quantities of anything that could fill a bomb shelter adequately in a post-apocalyptic world,” he wrote.
“I am scared about the message we are telling our kids”
The doctor went onto say how he was concerned about N95 masks that are stolen from hospitals and urgent care clinics where they are actually needed for front line healthcare providers and instead are being donned in airports, malls, and coffee lounges, perpetuating even more fear and suspicion of others.
“I am scared that our hospitals will be overwhelmed with anyone who thinks they ” probably don’t have it but may as well get checked out no matter what because you just never know…” and those with heart failure, emphysema, pneumonia and strokes will pay the price for overfilled ER waiting rooms with only so many doctors and nurses to assess,” he continued.
The professional said he was also scared that travel restrictions will become so far reaching that weddings will be cancelled, graduations missed and family reunions will not materialize.
“I’m scared those same epidemic fears will limit trade, harm partnerships in multiple sectors, business and otherwise and ultimately culminate in a global recession.
“But mostly, I’m scared about what message we are telling our kids when faced with a threat. Instead of reason, rationality, open-mindedness and altruism, we are telling them to panic, be fearful, suspicious, reactionary and self-interested.
“I implore you all. Temper fear with reason, panic with patience and uncertainty with education. We have an opportunity to learn a great deal about health hygiene and limiting the spread of innumerable transmissible diseases in our society.
“Facts not fear. Clean hands. Open hearts. Our children will thank us for it,” he ended the post.