It’s a crazy world out there, isn’t it? The Coronavirus or COVID-19 is real, it’s not a hoax, it’s not a joke – it’s here on American shores and it’s going to get worse before it gets better. It will get better, we simply have to get through the “Now” into the “Future” as best we can.
My family prepared, as much as we could, over the past few weeks. My son and I both fall under that “risk category” – I’m 60+ with a history of lung issues, he’s immune system is already compromised. So. Shit got real for my family not this past week, but when the outbreak began and started to spread across the globe. No, we do not have 100 packages of toilet paper (really people?), but we have the basics to get through this first panic-induced buying up everything on the shelves phase. From here onwards we will do the best we can, that’s all any of us can do. (Harley over there has her toys, her cat to torture, and her food so she’s got no cares in the world right now 🙂 Ah, the life of a pet.)
Although I knew this was coming our way (in spite of hoax talk from the highest level in our land), it still hit me over the last 3 or 4 days. Am I scared? Oh, hell yeah. But. We will get through this. Still, I’ve not done much that I’d call productive lately. Oh, I’ve read lots, but haven’t yet posted reviews. I’ve spent mindless hours in video games escaping my own reality for a bit. I look at that time as my own mourning for life as it was before the virus, and from today onward as life dealing with the impact of the virus on our lives. For now, we do not have the Coronavirus. We are definitely social distancing. We both already work from home. We are limiting contact with others, we are protecting ourselves as best we can – and can only hope that those friends who do not yet “get it” will eventually understand. *shrugs*
What bothers me most, right now, is the attitude of some people who strongly believe that it’s only that 3% of the population who will die from this – and “they’re already old or disabled so it won’t affect me”. Yeah, I’ve heard it on talk programs, in the news, read it on Twitter, Facebook, etc. – and it boggles my mind that someone could care less if they go out to a crowded bar, become infected or a carrier of the virus, come home to hug grandma and she comes down with COVID-19, but the “she’s old anyway” mindset is in place, family or strangers. Just boggles my mind.
Anyway. This is the world’s reality for the foreseeable future. And we deal as best we can.
I’m going back to work. I have reviews to write, very sad plants to transplant, laundry to do, and simply go on about my life. What other choice is there, really?
So, my reading/book-loving friends — Be Safe Out There, Wash Your Hands! — hang tough, we will get through this, it’s just going to take time, caution, and lots of prayers.