Health, Safety and healthy and safe are we?

I have lived a relatively healthy and active life and I've also always been a safety-conscious person, I do consider myself healthy but over slightly overweight. I've watched as friends and family have aged and slow down and, unfortunately, I've lost a few friends and family members along the way, this makes me I truly living a healthy life, am I slowing down, am a safe?

Is healthy living is a personal perspective, what does being safe really mean? Let's start with a healthy life: what does that mean? I eat healthily, I cut back on the bread, the rice, the soda, the chocolates, the cakes, and candy ...all cut back significantly; what does that really mean, I still eat everything listed above but a lot less than I used to. Besides my weight, all the other indicators of a healthy male in his 30's (plus a few) are within the normal range...cholesterol, blood pressure, iron, calcium...everything appears within the range of a normal healthy scale but does that mean I'm healthy? Is health a state-of-mind, do I need to just focus on my weight and get in down to, what is considered, the appropriate range, will that be the true indicator of a healthy person?

Now, let's talk safety. I live in a neighborhood with a relatively low crime rate, I lock up my car and the doors/windows of our home, most of the time, I've got security lights around my home, we've got a dog (or rather a cheap, playful, sometimes smelly alarm), I never sit in restaurants or in public places and back the entrance door, I can and have lectured my wife and kids about being conscious of your environment - where you park, when walking to your parked car...etc...etc; my father was a cop, I think I know safety. Do I?

What is safety? The Google definition of 'Safety' is "the condition of being protected from or unlikely to cause danger, risk, or injury". Now let's add the world of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), am I safe or are we safe? Hell NO!! What the hell is this, people must self-isolate or social isolation, college dorms quarantined, entire cities shut down, Countries facing death tolls in the hundreds, almost thousands, Donald Trump taking this as a personal attack on him (sorry but I had to throw that in), there's no vaccine for the treatment...are we as a community, as a city, as a country, as a the World really safe?

The local Health agencies, Center for Disease Control (CDC) and, the World Health Organization (WHO) are all sharing the same message that COVID-19 is not a man-made disease or virus but coronaviruses are a type of virus. There are many different kinds, and some cause disease. This newly identified type has caused a recent outbreak of respiratory illness now called COVID-19 that started in China in 2019.

COVID-19 symptoms include cough, fever and shortness of breath. COVID-19 can be severe, and some cases have caused death. The new coronavirus can be spread from person to person. It is diagnosed with a laboratory test. There is no coronavirus vaccine yet. Prevention involves frequent hand-washing, coughing into the bend of your elbow and staying home when you are sick.

This takes the meaning of SAFETY to a whole different level. How do you protect yourself from this coronavirus? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has these suggestions:

• Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. Use

alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.

• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.• Stay home when you are sick.• Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects people frequently touch.


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