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Sometimes, You Just Have to Laugh, a Cov-19 Scenario.

Updated on March 1, 2020
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I am a kidney transplant recipient and a diabetic of 20+ years. I live well by managing my foods and keeping up with the technology.

Viruses and wearing Masks

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Sure CoV-19 is Serious to me

OK, before you jump all over me about this article, I want you to realize a couple of things about myself and my personal health situation.

First, I am a Senior citizen in my seventies.

Second, I have a Kidney Transplant and because of this i have a suppressed immune system.

Because of these things, i have to go to some extremes to keep myself from contracting even a typical Cold from others.

Just shaking someone's hand can often take me down within a day or so. And, it is not uncommon for people to sneeze and cough right in my face, following it, of course with a heartfelt apology.

Of course, the apology does nothing to reduce how crappy I will most likely be feeling within a couple of days.

Staying Healthy is often not easy for Seniors

It's true that we, I and my fellow transplant recipients, do have a suppressed immune system which is the reason our bodies do not reject our transplants. And yes, we do catch almost every Cold or Flu Bug we come in contact with.

And, it is also true that many of my fellow Seniors have less efficient immune systems as they grow older.

But we persevere!

We Seniors usually try to have healthy diets, and we often fight the aging process with our own exercise regimen that may not be that of a young athlete; but if you ask, you will often find that we are doing what our often worn-out bodies allows us to do.

So, don't tell me not to buy a mask, if I want one.

No Hand Shaking

Oh, and I have to mention this. DO NOT STICK YOUR HAND OUT for me to Shake!

The only way I will shake someone's hand is if you catch me by surprise and I forget my condition.

I will do a "fist bump" with some people, but even then, if I have any sanitary wipes around, I will immediately use one on my hand, just in case, So, don't get mad at me of I refuse your hand, it's a survival technique that I try hard to stick to.

Save the world and Stay at Home

Yeah, I have to mention this for those of you who stagger into work with your Cold in full flame; you know with your, red eyes, runny nose, and a perpetual sneeze or cough.

You know you're sick, fool!

Why did you come to work (or even worse, send your sick kid to school) knowing you (or they) are a walking talking CARRIER of a disease that can make others ill, or in some instances even KILL someone?

I saw a T-Shirt once that had YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID! on it. Please don't prove this quote to be true about you, just stay home when you're sick!

Oh Well! Lecturing a Fool is a lot like lecturing a Rock; you often find that one is just as immovable as the other.

Now to the Punchline

OK, Enough about myself and my fellow Seniors and others with suppressed immune systems.

I started writing this because of something one of the Newscasters (I don't respect them enough anymore to call them Journalists) flashed onto the screen behind them and then he made his closing statement.

He was part of the standard male/female morning news people on this major news network who smile their way through what the teleprompter tells them to say.

They had just gone through their 3-4 minute run of news shorts before they took another break so the network could present their standard 3-5 minute series of 15 and 30 second brain-draining commercials.

So ..... This newscaster pseudo-quoted ( is this a real word?? I don't know, but it looks good to me) the statement from some health official somewhere, with this;

Health Officials say that people need to stop buying masks. They do not prevent catching the CoronaVirus, and besides these masks are needed by Health workers!

Did he really say that?

That was it.

To paraphrase; We, the people of America need to stop buying up all of the masks around the country, because they fo not prevent catching the C0V-19 virus; and besides, the people who work in our Health industry need them worse.

Sorry folks, that's what my feeble old brain heard the man say.

Well to be honest, I did drive around the local area yesterday and I checked at drugstores and other stores such as WalMart and others that might sell health supplies and I couldn't find any masks that I could purchase, anywhere.

I nt back home and I fired up my PC, went online and I immediately ordered my own masks, with a delivery promised in 3 days.

So, I'm sorry Health workers, if you still cannot find masks, I will have a couple I might be able to let go, if things don't get any worse.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      13 months ago from Ruskin Florida

      I find that the keyword to use here is perspective. From what I see on the ews channels even they have trouble sorting real facts from rumors, so we should all maintain a clear-eyed perspective on what is real.

      Thanks again for the read,

      Have a Great Day,


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      Don Bobbitt 

      13 months ago

      Linda Courtney - Looking Back, from the two week mark on this issue, it has become obvious that this specific Virus is a bit different from others in the past.

      Our government and those of essentially the rest of the world, are now working to contain this thing. The rumors and crazy responses are now much fewer, and as you now know people are working together to control it.

      I feel the scariest thing about this virus is the statement recently by our government that it could take from 6-months to a year or more before we are rid of this virus. We all need to keep one eye on what is going on nationally and the other eye on why and how did this virus get its start and how do the nations of the world get together and develop a containment plan for every=one when and if we see this happen again.

      Have a great day, and good luck getting through this,


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      Mitara N 

      13 months ago from South Africa

      So true, it has masked the world.

      Now from this pandemic, shelves are being emptied from sanitiser, to toilet paper, even pasta, go figure.

      Hows it brought to the rationale of solving the problem? It is to a certain extent quite humorous.

      Great article, thanks for sharing

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      Linda Courtney 

      13 months ago from Bloomsburg, PA

      I've heard this statement too about the masks on the news. They do make a point. People with suppressed immune systems probably should stock up on anything they can to avoid germs. But so many healthy people in areas that don't have any incidence of corona are buying them up. If health professionals cannot get the masks they are really putting themselves and the public at risk. Many have already gotten it. And I do believe those masks will not 100% prevent someone from getting it. Your eyes are still uncovered and many germs can penetrate that area and cause sickness. My take is that only people with suppressed immune systems and health care workers and those in areas where it is prevalent should wear masks. Everyone else just leave them alone follow proper hygiene with hand washing, and not touching your face, and of course, no handshakes. Also, many of these same people never get the flu shot to prevent that. If you aren't afraid of getting the flu, you shouldn't be worried about coronavirus. Sorry, I vented too! LOL

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      13 months ago from Ruskin Florida

      Miz-B - I just felt I had to Vent a little and possibly get across to hopefully one or two of the world's population that float through their lives being carriers. Sure, they are usually doing this through ignorance, but there are some, and I'm sure you've seen them, who go through life only caring about #1.

      Thanks for the read, and comment. As you can guess, I spend a lot of time trying to educate these "uncaring" individuals, but the typical response I get is a haughty look that says "mind your own business, old man!".

      Oh, and as to CoV-19? I live in Florida, and they just announced tht we have our first 2 confirmed cases in my county and the one just south of mine.

      Let the Games Continue!


    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      13 months ago from Ruskin Florida

      Donna, And Thank You for the read and your kind words. I did vent a little, but it made ME feel Better!

      Have a Great Day,


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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      13 months ago from Beautiful South

      OK, Don, I followed right along with your first six paragraphs, except that I haven't had a kidney transplant (knock on wood) but I have a suppressed immune system from a systemic fungus I had when I was young. It isn't as life-threatening as yours, but it is still serious. I agree about the masks and the fist bump instead of hand shaking. I think we need to bring the coronavirus out into the open and have some serious discussions about it, just like you are doing here. Keep up the good work.

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      Donna Rayne 

      13 months ago from Sparks, Nevada

      Don, thank you for sharing this article. I appreciate it!


      Donna Rayne

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      13 months ago from Ruskin Florida

      Bureaucracy is an amazing thing to me. I often think a winner of an election is secretly required to get a lobotomy immediately.

      Thanks for the read and comment.

      And, have a great day,


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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      13 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      The utility of masks can never be undermined. A good message you have given. Thanks.

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      13 months ago from Ruskin Florida

      Thanks for the Tip.I hope others read this article and see your response.

      Thanks for the read,

      Have Great day,


    • tsadjatko profile image

      The Logician 

      13 months ago from now on

      Great article Don!

      Speaking of those masks, I was shopping at Restore a couple months ago and they had a hundred boxes of the

      Medical-Grade N95 Filter Mask at a fraction of their regular price. I bought several boxes and needless to say they sold out quick! I was going to resell them but now glad I held onto them.

      You never know what you may find at Restore! If there is one near you I’d stop in regularly.


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