I have been tracking our position on the cases log for the past weeks and we are unquestionably moving upwards. As of right now, we are above Georgia in confirmed cases. However, our government will surely point out that we are also leading the cases for COVID-19 recoveries. While that might be true, it still doesn’t take away the fact that we are seeing thousands of cases increase for a single week. If there are thousands of cases being reported it would only be logical to conclude that there are lots more not being caught yet by the carriers or the health care institutions.
Keep in mind that COVID-19 is not like the flu in terms of infection. The flu does not infect as many people and the RO number is around 1.9 if I am not mistaken. COVID-19 is higher which means it reaches out and touches more people and that is why the spread keeps growing larger. Remember the video that I posted some months back. The true issues start to show when essential services get overwhelmed. We are now seven states down from New Jersey and 8 away from New York. Those two states show the largest number of people currently with the virus. Weeks if not days ago, we were below states like Louisiana, Georgia and Connecticut. So we are seeing a rise in cases. We are nearly at 1000 dead, and the numbers are still going up.
At this point all we can do is try to stay away from the whirlpool called COVID-19. It is not safe enough to venture out, so please do not let your guard down. Earlier this evening I went to the store down the road, and one of the clerks didn’t have on a mask. I happened to have two extra mask that protected against COVID-19. They are easier to wear and safer for people who are dealing with multiple customers. I asked the clerk if she would like to have a mask because I could give her one to be safe. She told me she wasn’t afraid to die. Then she said something about if she died at least she would have to see her husband. I stood back and silently thought to myself how this would probably be the last time I would return to the store. Not only did I like seeing my husband and my kids, but I wasn’t ready to die. If you cannot feel protective over your own life, why should I risk mine by being around you? Think about your actions, and then think about the communities you serve. If we are going to survive this, we need to be looking out for each other, not taking risks. That is the odd moment for this week.
So, last week we posted my daughter’s episode for her YouTube channel and something magical happened. If you watch the video you will see her just come to life. For a while, cooking has been her coping skill especially after PTSD took over. It really helped to act as a caldron for the negative energy she was feeling.
It is so important to establish something positive when dealing with children who have been victims of bullying. We started her YouTube channel two maybe three weeks ago and since then she has stayed three nights at a friend’s house. Some of you might be like that’s not a big deal. Well, for her it was a big deal because prior to three weeks ago she had never felt confident to stay away from home, we are talking about 5 yrs of not wanting to be close to anyone other than us. Her friend was like you are 17 and never slept over anyone’s house and she was like nope!
So of course when her friend stayed over here, I might have went a little all out! I talk so much about what she has been through and this video just shows how she’s laughing and loving life. If you are dealing with children who were victims of bullying, remember being there is number one. Don’t try to push them into anything until they are ready. I might have suggested she try a food show, but it’s all her.
I’ve been thinking about the end of the world a lot lately. Perhaps, it is because I looked at all 4 seasons of Fear The Walking Dead within two weeks. The shows that showcase the crashing of civilization like my book The Last Love Story all leave out the real struggle. Why am I now thinking about storing up pads and tissue? Could it be because it is that time of the month, or is it because one of these days a horde of females might need these goodies to save the world.
There’s always one thing missing when writers talk about the end of the world in regards to women. To be fair, I have been there too. Sometimes we leave out the real stuff. You are writing this story and you want to show this woman as a bad ass, but you don’t want to show the real side of being a woman. So, we leave out the talk about periods and the reactions they have on our body.
I think back to my two novellas dealing with end of the world stuff and not once do I mention cramps, pads, or cramping so horribly that you can barely walk. If the world ended this week, I would be done for. There would be no walking ten miles, picking up pikes or bursting through houses. I would be chocolate covered zombie food with a hint of salt. I promise book three will have periods and the fear of running out of tissue because that is the struggle. Walking into the bathroom discovering a lack of tissue has never been so scary.
AMC/Fear The Walking Dead, make one of those boxes have pads or tampons to give us hope. We can’t be destined for a future of no sanitary items, or could we?