Concurrently, the world is facing a pandemic that caused it to come to a standstill. These times require for solidarity and cooperation among every one of us to be one in overcoming and banishing the disease. As of writing this, possible vaccines for the disease are currently being tested and developed for mass use. A recent study warns that until an official working vaccine that can be used for mass use is developed, lockdowns and quarantines should not be lifted, as the virus could still further spread if there does not exist a working vaccine to contain it.
As with an emergency like this, complete cluelessness can be the final nail to the coffin. A lack of information on the situation will almost always end up with critical consequences. Such with the case of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential that we are all informed on the matter, and there a ton of resources on the internet and all kinds of media (print, social, etc.) that prime you with the necessary information.
Another sort of emergencies are CPR situations, and as they are both emergencies, they have their similarities. And so, the following are just some ways the current coronavirus pandemic and CPR situations are alike:
1. As mentioned before, they are both emergencies
They both involve the precious life of a person in danger. Complete ignorance and cluelessness on the matter will result into massive critical consequences, as you need to know what to do and you have to act quickly. In CPR situations, you have to quickly assess what is happening and do what is needed quickly and efficiently.
You also have to know about CPR and how to properly do it (you can learn and get licensed from learning in one of our many classes!); you need to know when to begin and when to end. In the other hand, this coronavirus pandemic, when boiled down to the fundamental basics, is just the same. You have to be informed on the matter, so you know when and what to do and what to expect. You have to be quick and fast; the clock is ticking so make every second count!
2. One can indirectly affect the other
People who are more prone to needing CPR (prone to heart attacks, strokes, cardiac arrests, etc.) can also be more likely to having a weakened immune system, meaning they can easily contract the coronavirus disease compared to other people. Make sure that the people in your lives you think have a weak immune system are taken care of and checked up on and are following a healthy lifestyle. Make sure that they are well attended to and are not leaving the premises of the house.
3. Once it is too late, it is hard to escape the inevitability
In an emergency situation, there will be a point known as the “tipping point”, that when crossed, it will be too late, and it will be hard to escape the inevitability of major consequences (major complications, irreversible injuries, or worst-case scenario, death). And so, with every emergency situation, you must be prepared to act quickly and efficiently, because there is someone’s life on the line, and not knowing anything on what to do will be disastrous.
Hopefully, these three similarities will make it so that the level of importance and the weight of these emergency situations hold are realized and gauged correctly, and not just dismissed as “something minor”.