The New Normal: Fear of the Coronavirus [Thoughts and Rambles]

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Good Afternoon Friends,

I swore to myself that I wasn’t going to write about this topic. We’re all so inundated with information already, that it is no surprise that we’re panicked. But if I’m being honest, I need this space to take a deep breath and just… write. I need to let out those fears. So, I hope you all don’t mind. ❀ That said, let’s dive in.

I live in California, U.S.A. My state has over 100 reported cases of the Coronavirus as of today: March 9th, 2020. I live in a small beach town that typically is filled with retirees, elderly who are vulnerable to the flu and other nasty viruses (like the Coronavirus). Since the outbreak came to California, life here has changed a bit. I think we all have changed a bit. This past week I have found myself glued to the news watching the numbers climb up, up, up with new reported cases every day. The news outlets published the cleaning products known to effectively kill the Coronavirus. As soon as I saw the list, the Captain and I flew to our local supermarket.

It seems my entire community had the exact same idea.

Hand sanitizer was completely out of stock. Vodka, rubbing alcohol, and even bleach was dwindling or completely out of stock as well. D.I.Y. hand sanitizer recipes were floating around the web, but it felt next to impossible to get supplies. Thankfully we stocked up on bleach cleaning spray and bought Lysol disinfectant sprays in bulk. As I began to tuck away the supplies in my cupboard a thought crossed my mind: what will we do if we have to go into lockdown?

I’m only 35 years old, and never in my lifetime have I ever had to be on lockdown. But the threat is very real. All across the world countries are reacting and handling new cases of the Coronavirus in different ways. It’s hard to not get swept up in the tsunami of information. Videos have been published from people living with the virus, and how rapidly it took a toll on their health. Watching those videos I felt myself shiver. Deep down, I know we all feel the same. We have families and partners that need us. We have jobs that are our responsibility. We have pets and loved ones who need our attention. We don’t have time to get sick!

Neither did the ones who became infected or died. Sometimes it just happens.

So while we are living in the wrath of this storm, I wanted to write about how I’m coping and processing the news daily. If you’re worried (like me) then I hope this brings you some measure of peace.

  1. Wash your hands, then wash them again! One of the biggest items that I stocked up on in bulk is quality hand soap. It’s obvious that we wash our hands after using the loo, but these days I wash them after cooking, or if I touch my face. It can be a pain, and yes your hands may dry out a little. But it’s better to keep things as sanitary as possible. (Don’t forget to count to 20 as you’re scrubbing!).
  2. Disinfect those “forgettable” places. I have also been using disinfectant sprays on our door handles (inside and out) in addition to the remote control, computer mice and keyboards, and the car daily. Germs float around everywhere and the Captain works in an office. I don’t want him bringing anything home from someone else that we could all catch. Give those spots a spritz, let it sit for 30 seconds, then wipe it clean.
  3. Shower twice a day. Normally we shower in the morning, but since the outbreak began, the Captain also showers in the afternoon when he comes back home. Before we hug and kiss each other hello, he jumps into the shower and drops his work clothes in the wash. It may seem excessive, but better safe than sorry.
  4. Get cozy at home. We normally enjoy hanging out at home, but these days we especially don’t make extra trips out if we don’t have to. Those weekend adventures (sadly) have been cancelled and we don’t visit crowded areas if we don’t have to. Until this outbreak is under control, it’s best to limit social interactions if possible.
  5. Grocery shopping at night. Now this has actually been quite enjoyable. Normally we do our grocery shop early on Sunday mornings. But now we switched it to shopping around 8 pm on Friday nights. Why? Because most people are home! On our last trip we soaked in the quiet store, the music playing, and the empty aisles as we grabbed our things and headed home.
  6. Keeping a positive mantra: at the end of the day I keep telling myself, “this too shall pass”. And it will. One day the Coronavirus will be over with. One day we will have a vaccine for it. One day we won’t have to fear getting sick just from exposing ourselves to others. One day we can return to the old ways and enjoy life in a more easy, free-flowing pace. That day is not today, but no doubt it will certainly come.

How are YOU taking precautions against the Coronavirus? Comment and let me know! I hope you all have a beautiful day, and I will see you back here for the next topic!

Much love,

~Kitten xx

17 comments

  1. Not to be a naysayer but as much as the panic being spread on the news is affecting everyone it is still something that I believe in time will dissipate somewhat. Yes, it’s a virus. Yes, it causes health concerns for many but if we panic and horde we are only going to cause more problems.

    The virus kinda reminds me of Resident Evil the movie. No, I don’t think we are all going to turn into zombies but I am certain that eventually there will be either a cure or vaccine for the virus. Don’t worry, unless you begin to show symptoms everything will be fine. That said I really do support buying some booze to “wash” yourself or at least ease your fears. Have a glass or two and trust that there will be a solution other than locking yourselves away.

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    1. I love that you’ve drawn the Resident Evil comparison! My husband has been talking about it being the Coronavirus but people are acting like it’s the T-Virus. Yes it’s serious and yes it’s concerning but we need to keep things in perspective. I read that one of the deaths here in the UK had liver disease and heart disease. I feel sorry for the family but even a flu virus on top of heart disease can be serious!

      The panic-buying will only lead to riots, which is a whole new problem in itself. Think Black Friday, only those will be the kinds of things we’ll see over baked beans! The supermarkets in the UK have had the right idea and rationed them out per customer. I don’t know how things are elsewhere in the world, but I found getting a home delivery of my groceries on a Monday morning after a Sunday restock was a great way to get everything that I needed (in moderation, of course!). Just a tip πŸ˜‰

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      1. An excellent point, my friend! And I love the idea of getting your groceries delivered. While we don’t have those services in my area, (sadly!), I do like the idea of stores rationing out supplies per household because many items are flying off the shelves and there aren’t enough things (cleaning products especially) to go around. Stay safe and warm! xx

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    2. Hi Jecture! In many ways I agree with you πŸ™‚ In time this will all blow over. Until then, we can scrub up, stay safe, and try to live as normally as possible. I hope you’re doing well, my friend! Big hugs to you! xx

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  2. I think that being extra careful and avoiding public gatherings as much as possible are good precautionary measures. I also live in CA and the college where I teach has already cancelled face-to-face classes, and we are now to do as much of our teaching on-line as possible. I am 40 and have never been on lock down to our homes in my life time either, but I am guessing that this will be the next step if the virus continues to spread. I’ve been wanting to become better at meal planning in advance and this gave me a good reason to start trying. As long as I stick to the plan, we have all the ingredients we need thru Saturday. Hoping to only have to go to the grocery store once per week while we ride this out. It’s also a good excuse to get some extra cleaning in. Stay well, my friends!

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  3. Try to relax girly, I know it’s hard. I’ve been thinking about writing something having worked in the medical industry during the 2009 swine flu pandemic, but I’m not sure how far I can go without getting into trouble. Yes viruses are bad but hand wash, hand wash, hand wash! I had to make posters and laminate them to remind people to wash their hands. I find my hands feel like I’m getting ready to perform surgery after 20 seconds, but you know, that’s okay. Rather that than the pookies 😁

    Sending big germ-free hugs my friend. I sent you a video on WhatsApp as well, I hope it helps xx

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  4. It is scary and sometimes I want to panic but refuse to let myself. Although I do take precautions, I’m not as much worried about myself as I am those whose health and immune systems are already compromised and are most vulnerable- newborns, the elderly, people with cancer, etc.

    Like you, I do believe it will pass sooner or later and I choose to panic when it’s time to panic. In the meantime, I’ll only keep my ears peeled.

    Wishing you all a happy Wednesday!

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    1. So well said, Cherie! While we all take precautions, like you, I think it’s also vital that we do small things to keep the anxiety at bay and to find fun in the darkness πŸ™‚ I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday too! xx

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