I’ve had Coronavirus on the brain for a while. Ever since the news of the virus hitting Northern Italy hard, I scour the news sources, sometimes bleary-eyed for some new bit of informtion.
By now we all know we should:
- Practice social distancing
- Not gather in large groups
- Wash hands with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
- Cough and sneeze in your elbow or a tissue.
With that in mind, the news is bleak.
But here are a few stories that have stayed with me and are a great reminder about what we’re dealing with.
The first is from Dr. Emily Landon from the University of Chicago Medicine.
Her message hits to the heart of our current situation and the frustrating reality that the best most of us can do is to do nothing.
She says healthcare workers around the world are doing their part to help us through the pandemic. Now, we need to do our part.
If you haven’t seen it, you can watch Dr. Landon’s March 21 speech or read the transcript at:
And this message from Craig Spencer, MD in New York who (via Twitter) implores people to stay home. He says, “You might hear people say it isn’t bad. It is….I survivied Ebola. I fear COVID-19.”
Read the full account at Doctor Gives Harrowing Account of Life on the Frontline for Clinicians Treating COVID-19 in New York
Get the facts
For information about COVID-19, what it is, and how to protect you and your family go to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website at Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Unfortunately, there’s not a lot you can do to help this crisis pass any faster except follow your state and local guidelines.
And be patient.
Take advantage of the downtime to:
Even if it’s a walk around the block, a short workout, or a dance party in your living room.
Get stuff done.
Pick up those projects you’ve been putting off. It can be hard to get motivated, but start small and keep at it. Little by little you can do a lot.
It’s a sunny 88 degrees as I write this. Outside in the shade would be good. And even when outdoors, keep your recommended 6-feet social distance.
Freeze food before it goes bad. Be creative with your meals.
We’ve resorted to live-video, group workouts and virtual coffee meetings using What’s App. It’s not the same as being there, but it’s better than going it alone.
Donate time and/or money
If you have the time or money, check with your local Red Cross to find your local chapter about how you can help. They may even have ways to volunteer virtually.
As always, a little gratitude goes a long way.
Reach out to others if you need a word of encouragement, a videochat, a roll of toilet paper, an egg…whatever.
Wishing you patience and health through this crisis.
Need some motivation to kick start your new project? Read What are you waiting for? on the blog.