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.
- 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!).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!