One Last Post on This Whole Thing

Y’all, in between doing the laundry and my chores this weekend, I read everything I could about the coronavirus. I read screeds from politicians and pundits, thoughtful pieces from philosophers, and opinion pieces from people whose judgment I respect. I didn’t listen to the news, however, deliberately. I’ve come to disbelieve almost anything the news media promulgates.

I consider myself a semi-intelligent person. I weigh the evidence, I listen to opinions other than those I espouse, I consider everything with somber deliberation.

So, my opinion on the coronavirus and its impact on the US?

I haven’t the slightest idea.

I’ve honestly read/heard everything from: “this is no more deadly than the flu,” to “this is serious stuff and we’d better buckle up for a nasty ride.”

Some people believe that – in a matter of weeks – we’re going to replicate what Italy’s currently experiencing. I’m not sure I accept that theory because Italy is basically a socialist country with borders that have been deliberately porous for some time. Also, they have a very close relationship with China, who has recently purchased a significant number of Italian companies. Other people think that the US has made enough inroads that the virus won’t be as serious here.

I don’t think anybody knows.

We’re dealing with what’s happening now and trying to guess what might happen in the future. Nobody can predict the future.

One good thing is that we’re heading into spring and summer and viruses don’t, traditionally, do well during the warmer months.

Here’s what I’m going to do:

  • Read everything I can to continue to educate myself about the virus. (I’m in one of the groups most impacted by the virus.)
  • Stay home. (Which I would do anyway, honestly.)
  • Stay positive.
  • Take extra Vitamin C (it’s a water soluble vitamin, so taking extra won’t hurt you).
  • Continue to take my Vitamin D3.
  • Re-schedule my doctor’s appointment for next month.
  • Make sure I eat enough foods containing magnesium and zinc. (Minerals that are helpful in boosting your immunity.)
  • Have everything delivered. (I do anyway. I hate shopping.)
  • Wash my hands often to the tune of Happy Birthday. (It lasts about 20 seconds which is how long you should wash. Stanley thinks I’m nuts, but then he thinks that often.)
  • Stay positive. (I know I said that, but I believe a positive mindset is a great asset.)
  • Finish the book. 🙂

What are your plans?

10 thoughts on “One Last Post on This Whole Thing”

  1. We live in a little town. Hubby does most of the ‘green’ shopping and I order almost everything that I can from the internet. After church yesterday we went to our local box store. The shelves were all ok. So for you that live where the shelves are empty – moved to my town. Keep safe and hand wash, hand wash. Helen in Ark

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  2. We live in a little town. Hubby does most of the ‘green’ shopping and I order almost everything that I can from the internet. After church yesterday we went to our local box store. The shelves were all ok. So for you that live where the shelves are empty – moved to my town. Keep safe and hand wash, hand wash. Helen in Ark

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  3. Monday is my regular shopping day. I sure got a surprise this morning when a lot of the shelves were empty. I can’t believe people think the chickens will stop laying eggs and the cows will stop giving milk. Those shelves were almost empty.
    I hope this madness ends soon.

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  4. I’ve been washing my hands with soap since I worked as a paraprofessional for 4 year olds (requirement for the job) at least 25 years ago. Now I also added disinfection wipes which I carry in my car and use on door handles, etc. I’m pretty much self-isolated anyhow.

    Btw, Skye Boat Song lasts about 20 seconds!

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  5. I am living my life, pretty much as I normally do. I am speaking to anyone who will listen to please not be so frightened. I am trying to remember that disasters happen. I know, I used to work to try to alleviate the pain of disasters. And the world has overcome them.

    Tell Stanley hey from me and remind him that you are no crazier now than you were when he found you and fell in love.

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  6. Thank you for the info!!! Good common sense. Off to read a Josephine Tey book ( just discovered her and am crazy about her books). Then my next book on my nightstand is The Wizard!!!!!!!!

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