Saturday, March 14, 2020


A coworker and I had a conversation concerning the right and wrong ways to protect the public in times of epidemic and/or pandemic outbreaks when it came to viruses. 

Obviously, our conversation lend to zombies inevitably…however it did get me thinking about some of the ways that countries try to limit the spread of viruses throughout the world. 

The conversation came about because of the current pandemic known as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) that is slowly spreading around the world and the limitations that are beginning to develop in countries to attempt to limit its spread. 

Before we move on, due note that my opinion is exactly that…I do not represent anyone else when writing on this blog and everything should obviously be taken as such. 

I think it is completely appropriate to close the borders when it comes to preventing the spread of potential dangerous diseases or viruses throughout the world. It is the duty of the countries to look out for the wellbeing of the citizens in times of crisis and I believe limiting travel is a good means of doing so. 

It isn’t permanent, just until the situation can be resolved and an effective means to battle the virus or disease can be implemented throughout the world. When I say limiting travel I mean both leaving and entering of the countries throughout the world. 

Quarantining people can be seen as wrong, to some extent it is wrong, but only if the conditions that those that are quarantined are being held in aren’t suitable for comfortable living. Although the subject(s) may be carriers of the virus or disease that doesn’t mean that they aren’t allowed to be comfortable, or allowed to be kept in living conditions where their health is in danger further than that of the virus or disease in question. 

Quarantining people can be beneficial at limiting the spread of diseases and viruses as long as it is done correctly. 

I don’t agree with the martial law approach when it comes to protecting the public from viruses and diseases. If you don’t know what martial law is, it basically grants governments ultimate powers when in times of war or imminent crisis situations. 

During martial law, civil rights are heavily limited and the power of the government is increased. I don’t agree with this method because it can be manipulated into something that extorts the public, while enhancing certain government entities. 

Protecting the public is always the number one goal when it comes to dealing with viruses and diseases that have gotten to the point where they have spread throughout multiple countries without an answer in sight. 

There is the right way and the wrong way about going about limiting the spread of viruses and diseases, but before it gets to that point it can be said that those that are sick or feeling ill should do their parts to limit the spread of any kind of sickness. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Quarantine? Martial Law? Or Just Isolation?