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As the news gets worse about coronavirus, I wondered how it would impact my life. Since I am in the age group where death is a distinct possibility, I have had to rethink my day to day activities. One thing I dread is closing of my local gym, if that occurs. I go there daily because it keeps me feeling good. I will keep going until we have a case of the virus in my county (not if, but when). I may be watching aerobics classes and following along on TV. At least there is an alternative. Alternatives are what we need to be thinking about.
The run on toilet paper has been interesting to watch. Looks like that is the one item people feel they can’t do without. What are the alternatives, if any? Here is the worst-case scenario. Use an old wash cloth and wash it out after each wipe. Not convenient, but it should work. Don’t forget and flush it down the commode, though. I predict that will happen and the plumbers will have no shortage of work. Additionally, I am upset that the grocery stores are limiting the amount of toilet paper you can buy. Hey, it’s a demand problem. Meet the supply why don’t you? Isn’t that what businesses do? Ramp up the supply to meet the demand. The last thing we need is restrictions on the items we need to stock up on. Nerves are on edge enough as it is.
Speaking of work shortage, some in the service industries will suffer until this virus is under control. That will primarily be non-essential services such as beauty salons/barbers, gyms, libraries, movie theaters, coffee shops, restaurants, and home care for non-medical needs. The travel industry is already a mess. There’s more I’m sure. The industry that will do well? Delivery services. Especially delivery of food and medicines. Amazon has nothing to fear other than a recession, which is likely on its way.
In the meantime, it is up to you and me to stop the spread of the virus. It is obvious that the government dropped the ball and left the country floundering in a sea of virus. From botched test kits, to restrictions in using test kits, to the president giving false reassurances, the list goes on. In other words, don’t look to them for the answers, other than Dr. Fauci, whom I believe. My only complaint with Dr. Fauci is he waited too long to tell people how bad it is. I know they have to find a balance but I believe we should tell people the truth and let them handle it. Deal with the panic later. Sugar coating the message leads to skepticism which leads to false beliefs.
Here is my latest list of ways to protect yourself:
- Carry a pack of wet wipes with you. Add a little alcohol for effectiveness. Use them whenever you are out at the grocery store, the gas pump, the gym, everywhere.
- Don’t bother with masks unless you are sick and coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose. They are not effective when they get wet and people tend to touch them too much. Defeats the purpose of keeping your hands away from your face.
- Be thinking about how to protect your elderly relatives and friends. They are the most vulnerable and will need help with groceries and picking up medications (some pharmacies deliver).
- If you live alone, find a buddy who can help you if you get down and vice versa. We are all in this together.
- Our phones, our lifeline, will be our downfall. We handle them all day long. We can’t wash them and we can’t keep them clean. They will be part of the problem. If someone invents an antiseptic phone cover, they will be a millionaire.
- If possible, stock up on extra medications. I’m not sure how we can do this without the cooperation of health care providers and insurance companies. Are they thinking about this?
- Don’t plan on going to the Olympics. I don’t care what the Japanese say. It ain’t happening.
- Don’t underestimate handwashing. It is the number one way to stop the spread.
I’m not sure what Japan and South Korea are doing to get the spread under control (other than closing schools) but whatever it is, it’s working. Japan has 639 cases with an increase of only 58 (as of this writing) since yesterday. South Korea has 7,869 with an increase of 114, a big improvement. The US, on the other hand, has gone from 437 four days ago to 1,321 today. We don’t have a grip on it yet. Let’s do whatever Japan and South Korea are doing.
We are a long way from seeing this virus go away. It will probably never go away. The best we can hope for is it will dampen down in the summer and not spread as fast. What we need most of all is a vaccine. It will come. But it will likely be months before we have it.