This is not the same world that it once was. We are ALL feeling the effects of the terrifying Covid-19 pandemic. Once thought to be the subject of science fiction, our reality proves once again that what was once a writer’s grim imagination, has become only too REAL. How are YOU coping?
We traveled recently, so when we came home we put ourselves in ‘isolation’ for the mandated two weeks. Today is day twelve… But that is not the end of it. Will it really be any different after day fourteen? I think not. In fact, I’m wondering if it will EVER be back to the way it was.
Yesterday our province has declared a ‘state of emergency‘ and has mandated that ALL incomers, included those who are just coming from another province within Canada must also ‘self-isolate’! Residents can be fined up to $1,000.00 if they do not adhere to social distancing or self-isolation. Businesses can be fined up to $7,500.00 dollars. Social gatherings of more than five people are prohibited. Things we took for granted are no longer possible. Things like visiting long-term care homes, visiting hospital patients, walking in the park, hosting a birthday party, getting a hair-cut, going to the dentist, eating out at a restaurant, riding a bus… to name but a few.
What CAN we do? Well, we can interact with those within our homes. Teach children new skills. Not everything they learn should come from their schools. Play games, teach them how to cook, sew on a button, READ. We have the opportunity to make the time at home ‘Quality Time’, so let’s take advantage of that opportunity. Reaching out to others is more important than ever, though we can only do it via telephone and social media. It is difficult for people like me, who are affectionate. I miss the hugs of friends and family. My poor husband is getting more than his fair share of hugs. LOL
I saw this graphic on Instagram and thought I’d share it in case you’ve missed it:
In case you’re in the mood for a little time waster, I’ve created a word-search puzzle for all you book lovers out there. It contains 40 book related terms that can be in any direction, vertically, horizontally, or diagonally.
You can do it the ‘analog’ way with paper and pencil by simply downloading this graphic and print it.
At the end of the day, we are all in the same boat. The entire world is affected. That holds its own kind of perverse comfort – knowing that you’re NOT alone.
Just some of the things I’m worrying about are:
How will this affect the economy in the long term? (and our families finances in particular)
Will people working in the hospitality industry, in restaurants, the entertainment industry etc, be able to endure through the bad times without going under?
What kind of world will my grandson grow up in?
Will international travel be a thing of the past after this is over?
Will those living ‘paycheck to paycheck‘ be able to cope emotionally and financially?
Will our elderly populations suffer emotionally in such a way that they won’t be able to come back from it?
Are the people who are dying from the coronavirus dying alone? (without family and friends to comfort them)