Covid 19

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Right now the COVID-19 virus is all in the news. We’re hearing stories of mounting casualties in the USA and across the world, and being told, especially if you are over 65 and/or have health concerns, that you are particularly vulnerable to this thing.

Thankfully in this country while we hear reports of outbreaks in certain areas, most of us haven’t seen direct illnesses (yet). There WAS a run on the supermarkets last week starting about Thursday 3/12 — completely empty shelves especially for paper products and canned goods — and many churches including mine cancelled services on Sunday. Schools and colleges are closing or going to online instruction, and workers are being told if at all possible to work from home. You might see people now wearing a mask as they walk around the community. Cars have an open road through streets that are normally jammed.

What is my take on it? I’m still trying to figure it out and not clear what’s going on. I’ve heard some people say that this virus escaped from an animal population through the market at Wuhan, and others that it might be a bioengineered virus escaped from the Wuhan Level 4 Biohazard Lab since this virus allegedly has homologies to HIV and SARS. I don’t know, and at this point I don’t think it matters. People may get sick. Some may die. Even if they recover, they may have decreased lung function. It may or may not be a relatively small incidence. At this point we don’t know.

And that is the point of today’s blog: dealing with uncertainty. How are YOU dealing with the uncertainty of this virus? I hope you are not panicking but living your life right now, yes with concerns, but also perspective.

I see several common-sense things that are being recommended:

1. Be careful with your germs and other people’s germs. Don’t shake hands or cough without covering your mouth with your elbow. Don’t touch things — elevator buttons, door handles, your face. Wear a mask.

2. If you’re sick please don’t share. Don’t insist on toughing out work or school. If you MUST go into the community then please stay as far away from everyone as possible, and wear a mask.

3. Keep some beans and rice in the cupboard. Store a little extra food, water, and dog kibble or cat food. Plant a garden in your yard, grow potatoes in a five-gallon bucket, and/or sprout some herbs on your windowsill.

4. Eat well and exercise. Get enough sleep. Take your vitamins.

5. STAY HOME IF YOU CAN. This is an amazing gift for you to have time to recenter and focus on your life. Take time to be with your significant others. Play with your kids. Do some housecleaning. Make music or paint. Write your book.

I’d love to hear what you’re thinking and how you’re dealing with this Covid-19 thing.