With Coronavirus spreading like wildfire, it’s put a lot of things into perspective. Many of us have had eye-opening realizations that we are not prepared for a disaster such as this. With food and supply shortages around the country, people are scraping by, making do with what they already have in their cupboards. Others are putting themselves at risk to venture out to acquire supplies for their families. I’ve been kicking myself for not having some sort of emergency preparedness kit or reserve set aside for just this sort of thing.
This post was written at the end of March 2019 just after schools shut down in WA state
It’s evident people are paranoid, and that’s to be expected. We’ve never faced anything quite like Coronavirus before. Isolation has created a lot of fear and anxiety. That said, it’s a little ridiculous that people are buying up guns and ammo as if expecting something akin to The Walking Dead or The Purge. I think it solidifies the fact that Americans watch entirely too much TV. I can’t say I really blame them though, uncertainty makes us do crazy things.
Everyone’s A Housewife
Since news of Coronavirus swept the nation, social media has been flooded with pictures of people in their kitchens putting to use random items they already have on-hand. This week I made banana bread and cookies with ingredients I didn’t even know I had in the back of my pantry. Peanut flour? Sure, why not?
Panic over Coronavirus has resulted in empty store shelves, stockpiling, and the hoarding of necessary (and unnecessary) “survival” items. I’ve definitely taken for granted things like paper towels, Clorox wipes, and flour. Paying 25$ for a case of baby wipes that were 12$ two weeks ago has been a tough pill to swallow.
I’ve become pretty creative with dinners too since Coronavirus. I’m convinced meatloaf was invented by some innovative housewife who only had hamburger meat, bread, and ketchup on hand. You would think homemade macaroni and cheese would be a hit with a toddler, but apparently, the boxed stuff is favorited for a reason. While stocks everywhere plummet, at least Kraft Foods is doing well.
Coronavirus Reality Setting In
On a serious note, knowing Coronavirus is most dangerous for elderly and immunocompromised people makes me extremely worried for my parents and in-laws. They are all over the ages of 65, at higher risks for complications, and have underlying health conditions. My mom is a critical care nurse and every night she goes to work, I lay awake worrying about her and what we would do if she ever fell ill.
Hearing news of personal protective equipment shortages and overwhelmed hospitals makes me even more fearful for her and my dad. Coronavirus news from China and Italy and from other parts of the world have been terrifyingly eye-opening. The anticipation and fear of the unknown are unnerving. I find myself questioning if this is reality or just more fear-mongering from the news stations.
With Coronavirus affecting younger demographics every day, I’m faced with the reality that I haven’t taken the proper measures to care for my family should something happen to me. Never in a million years would I have imagined our nation facing a deadly pandemic, seemingly overnight. Having life insurance policies and wills in place are things I’ve thought of arranging on numerous occasions but have put off, thinking I would have plenty of time in the future.
While we have some things prepared, we could do much better. With the number of Coronavirus deaths climbing daily, and more and more younger people facing serious complications, my anxiety has been off the charts about this. No, I don’t feel like I’m particularly susceptible to Coronavirus, but it makes me realize how quickly things change and that my family isn’t all that well-prepared for worst-case scenarios of any kind.
Coronavirus Germs Everywhere
Every package that comes to the door and every person I may have unknowingly had contact with is a reminder of Coronavirus. Could we have been exposed by the mailman, UPS, or pizza delivery guy? Should I open the mail or touch the mailbox? It’s nerve-wracking. My brother came over to drop off eggs from his chickens and came in for a bit to see the kids. I’ve been beating myself up over this. Could he have brought the Coronavirus into our house?
It’s scary and sad that we have to fear contact with the people we love because of Coronavirus. Stories of people dying alone in hospitals because their families aren’t allowed to visit, or choosing to die at home rather than in an intensive care unit, is heartbreaking. It’s hard to imagine something like this happening to my own family.
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I’m hyper-aware of every single action since Coronavirus came onto the scene. Did I touch the door handle? Have I touched my face? Is this scratchy throat allergies or something more? It’s enough to drive a person mad.
The unpredictable nature of Coronavirus is even worse. If I contract it, will I be one of the few or one of the many? Do I have underlying health conditions that I’m not aware of? Am I already a carrier and not showing any symptoms? Now, hearing the Coronavirus can have lasting health effects for the people who’ve contracted it, makes it even scarier.
There doesn’t seem to be any reliable rhyme or reason to Coronavirus either. Every possible exposure brings with it 3-14 days of insecurity and fear. Can we really trust going back into the world when all of this is over? Will Coronavirus ever be fully over? It’s like something out of a sci-fi movie, only it’s reality.
Waiting For A Silver Lining
With Coronavirus hitting closer and closer to home, it’s hard not to get a little depressed. Trying to explain to a two-and-a-half-year-old why we’ve stopped going to preschool or why Grandma and Grandpa haven’t come around lately is hard. We’ve stopped going to the park down the street from our house and he doesn’t fully understand why he can’t go on the swings.
We will be celebrating our daughter’s first birthday in isolation at home without our family and friends. It’s definitely not the passage I envisioned writing in her baby book.
What will gyms, sporting events, and schools look like in the future? How will Coronavirus affect the long-term? Unemployment rates are off the charts and remote work is becoming the new normal.
It’s hard not to compare Coronavirus to similar historical events like the Spanish Flu, Black Plague, or the Great Depression. In a way, it connects us with our past and serves as hope that we can and will endure.
Only time will tell what will become of this. Hopefully, as we learn a little more about the Coronavirus the future won’t see! so bleak. It surely can’t all be bad. It will, at the very least, strengthen our family’s bond.
On the bright side, it’s really kicked our potty training game into gear! Thank heaven for social media too! At least there are still ways to remain connected to one another, and that’s truly something unique to our time and situation.
I guess the whole point of this post was simply to vent my feelings and document this rare moment in history. Somehow, writing it all down brings me a little peace of mind. None of us have ever faced anything like Coronavirus before and we’re all just trying to process it. Venting definitely helps.
Coronavirus is a heavy burden to carry, and without an outlet for our emotions, it has the potential to wreak even more havoc. It looks like the Coronavirus will be hanging around for a while. Hopefully with time, it will become less scary. One thing is for sure though, we’re all in this together (well, 6 feet apart anyway), and that brings some comfort, in the very least.
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