So, our situation isn’t getting any better. It’s kind of crazy because as many of you know, I have followed this virus for months. I even tried to get more attention for residents of China and now it is on my doorstep. I keep thinking about the video in my first blog posting about the virus. https://shellzonit.com/2020/01/29/are-we-ready-for-the-coronavirus/ The young man made it clear, we have to watch how we descend on hospitals. However, I understand the fear of wanting to go. It is scary when you think about an unknown virus and the fact that it can attack your family members.
Our city which has less than 80,000 people now has a community outbreak. We have hit around 5 cases and the last case happens to be tied to community living in an elderly home. It was reported by our local station that this is our second community level spread. We do not know the ties of the first community spread patient. That’s a little scary because it doesn’t give us any information on where this spread took place. I am not looking for a specific location, but we need to know what industry at least. https://www.tdtnews.com/news/coronavirus/article_23c7c18a-6bd0-11ea-9387-cb22d191e332.html
Many of us are afraid because of the outbreak in Washington which was centered around a similar situation. When you are talking about an elderly community, you have to take the community into consideration. You have frequent visitors from the community doing religious work as well as visiting their loved ones. It is scary because there could be a large amount of people linked to that one establishment. We have watched our numbers climb day after day since testing started.
Who knows what tomorrow will look like, but as for now, I hope people keep us in their prayers. I do not know what a Washington like outbreak looks like for my small town. As for my family, we are continuing to do the same. We limit the amount of people who go out, and we also stick to visiting grocery stores in the morning. My husband is still working and will be for the unforeseeable future. His office isn’t working from home yet, and that’s scary. That’s the update. I hope your town is holding up better than mine.
I don’t think I’m alone in thinking this, so I will be the first to say it out loud. My biggest fear is waking up tomorrow and seeing a world I don’t recognize. It is okay to be afraid right now. I think we often think we have to be the rocks of our families, friends, and those around us. The coronavirus brings out the human in us all.
It makes us question our past decisions and makes us focus on survival. For so many years we have been a nation focused on fun and excitement. We lived by social media, loved by social media, and grieved by social media. So, when this virus came in like a character from a Edgar Allan Poe short story, we paused. Some of us even dismissed the threat as pure fluff because it didn’t fit into our ultimate plan. We were supposed to be house searching, some planning for pregnancy, some planning proms, while others were on the brink of finding a new life. Then we turn the corner and we see a glimpse of today.
Today our only thoughts are of survival and hoping our loved ones make it out alive. It is like we are living in a modern day dystopian novel. The scary part of this whole ordeal is not knowing how the saga ends. We don’t know what our future looks like. We don’t know how bad the markets will get, or how many people will die from this virus. What we do know is that this virus has created a picture unseen by many of us.
I’ve never been afraid for my husband to be at work, not even when he was in special operations in the Army, but I am today. I am afraid that he will get something from someone and bring it home and our 14 year old will get it. There are two people with underlining health problems in my family he and one of our daughters would be the two.
At the end of the day, all we can do is hope that our families are safe and try to help each other the best way we know how. Above all, focus on love and follow the guidelines set by the CDC. Don’t just think about yourself when taking chances. We often think that we are invincible, but it is about those in our families that might not be invincible. The coronavirus for me might mean a week in bed, but it could mean something totally different for my daughter.
It isn’t always about us and what we can overcome. This isn’t a test, this is something we are dealing with for better or worse. Our reaction will dictate how it impacts our communities and the rest of our lives.
What makes a person trustworthy? Perhaps, this is the biggest problem our nation now faces. We are dealing with an outbreak and a leader that cannot be trusted in a traditional sense because he is protected by the very people who are supposed to be impartial. So, how do we as a country move forward without stumbling into the pits of chaos?
These answers are not easy to come by. On one accord trusting him means, buying into the mindset that he’s actually capable of telling the truth. However, on the other hand it also means turning a blind eye to all of the things he’s stated in the past. There’s so much confusion surrounding him and his early reaction to the coronavirus. In many ways, his first reaction is the reaction that will stay with many Americans.
The population that is at risk happens to be the population that offers Trump blind trust. This Sunday as we drove around our city we noticed the largest group that happened to be frequenting the restaurants. They were waiting outside and seen walking to their cars. This group was the elderly, and they are some of the same people echoing the words that Trump spoke months ago.
Many of these people have sworn off news sites other than FOX, and they aren’t shy about it. A worker for the state informed me that many of his clients are Trump supporters and they simply do not believe anything negative about him. So, when sites like FOX news prevents these groups from learning the truth, they place them in imminent danger.
After the president came out and pressed the fact that coronavirus was a real threat; FOX started to change their direction. However, some of us feel like the push was a little too late. By the time they changed direction, the elderly had already endangered themselves. Packing into the Cracker Barrel like sardines was the total opposite of what they were instructed to do on Sunday morning, but it happened never the less.
So, how does President Trump convince this group into trusting that his message is now real and not something pushed by the Democrats? Is it too late to turn that ship around and just how much damage has FOX News done to their reputation? Prior to their coverage of the coronavirus I listened to them on my XM radio. After they continuously downplayed the virus, I replaced them with another news organization.
I always thought news outlets would help to save us in our time of need, I never dreamed they would push some of us into dangerous situations because of their undying loyally to one person. Perhaps, the question of trust should be directed towards the people who are covering the stories pushed by certain figures. I started blogging because I wanted to alert my community and help to educate my community on things they needed to know. News organizations should do that 100 times more.
If your children are anything like mine, I bet they are going stir crazy about right now. So, we have come up with some fun things to help keep everyone in motion.
We will also challenge ourselves to study a new language. My youngest is learning Spanish at school, but she likes the Korean language. My middle child studied French, so it is a toss up!
We wouldn’t be complete without our redecorating. This is a must! Ever so often, rooms have to get redecorated!
Online learning is also on the menu in my household.
What’s on your list of things this season?