I guess it is inevitable that I write about what is going on in the world. The real panic over the Coronavirus hit where I live a little over a week ago. The shelves were quickly emptied of cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, gloves, masks, and toilet paper. People started stealing the cart wipes from grocery stores and masks from doctor offices, many started walking around wearing gloves and masks everywhere, and fights were breaking out over packs of toilet paper. It escalated fast. The rest of the country quickly followed. People are preparing to be quarantined. I’ve even seen videos of people spraying their kids with disinfectant. (I don’t recommend that, by the way!) It’s insane! Yesterday, our school division announced an unscheduled teacher workday for next week so that teachers could be trained on distance learning and approved millions of dollars to speed up the roll out of 1:1 Chromebooks for all students in grades 3-12. Then suddenly this morning, they announced the cancelation of school effective immediately through at least March 20. Surprisingly, most people are grateful for this decision and are applauding the school system for taking preventative measurements, but there is a small band of people complaining about the decision. Truthfully, they weren’t going to make everyone happy with any decision they made.
I have a friend whose family was vacationing in Europe and had to quickly make arrangements in the middle of the night to get back to the US following the President’s announcement about travel last night. I have another friend who had tickets to an NBA game for her son’s birthday who now can’t attend after the NBA’s announcement that they were suspending the season indefinitely. My daughter’s gym is supposed to be hosting a gymnastics meet this weekend and everyone is questioning if it should be canceled. There are countless others in similar situations. Life as we know it is drastically changing rapidly. People are terrified and don’t know what to do. The spread of the virus is inevitable. Steps are being taken to slow the spread so that hospitals and aren’t overcrowded, but it’s still going to spread.
Some of you may be shocked to learn that I am not panicking over this. You would think that the OCD, germ-a-phobe in me would be, but I’m not. Yes, we are taking precautions as much as we can, but that’s all we can do at this point. I’m most concerned about being confined to the house for days while trying not to drive each other nuts in the event of a quarantine. As of right now, my kids still have their regularly scheduled practices, so that will at least get them out of the house a little for now and help keep us all from going stir-crazy. I’m afraid those practices are going to eventually get canceled as well. Maybe they should be and maybe they shouldn’t. I am starting to think they may be out of school until after spring break, which is 3 weeks away, but who knows?
I urge you all to try not to panic. I understand that it is scary but freaking out and acting manic isn’t going to help the situation. Stop fighting over toilet paper and help your fellow neighbor if you can. Stop criticizing officials for their response or lack of response. They are doing the best they can with the information avaiable. Try to minimize your time in large groups to reduce the risk of exposure if you can. Stay home of you are sick. For goodness sake, WASH YOUR HANDS!