I've tried to not write about it but I find that I seem to have a need to express my feelings in these very strange days in which we are living. The speed of the growth of this thing is almost unreal. A little over a week ago there were around 100,000 cases worldwide. There are today more than 500,000 worldwide. If you are interested in tracking it you can do so here: Covid-19 Global Cases No, I'm not trying to scare anyone but I genuinely find it interesting to see this map and learn a little of the scientific side of this.
I live in the suburbs of Kansas City and we have seen the number of cases triple in less than a week. We were under voluntary "stay at home" recommendations. Well, that is history now. As of the first of this week we are under "orders" to stay home and isolate except for going to the grocery store, pharmacy, or medical office. There is even a phone number people can use to report persons not following this order and there can be a fine or even jail time for breaking it. The police are not going around looking for isolation breakers but have the rules there to prevent large groups of people from gathering. Not that there would be anywhere to go as all the theaters, restaurants, bars, etc. etc. are closed.
I have plenty of jobs and hobbies to keep me busy so I do okay staying home. We do need certain basics in groceries but we did not want to go out and empty the store shelves like some have done. That is not fair to others that are shopping. We figured it was safer to go out in the early days of all this, so we set up a plan to go to the store once a week starting three weeks ago. Each trip we bought more than we normally would buy but we did not overdo it. This morning was our last trip out for awhile. We worked out a pretty good system for our shopping. The stores open an hour early for people over 60 and those with health problems. We tried that last week and the size of the crowd was ridiculous. So today we went early but one hour after the early opening. It worked out well as there were not many people in the store. When we got home we followed the guidelines about handling our groceries. We brought them all in and put the bags on our kitchen table and then washed our hands. We then unbagged everything and wiped down what grocery items we could with sanitiser wipes. This may sound silly but this is what authorities have recommended we do. I then put the groceries away and cleaned the table and all the surfaces in the kitchen. I am also cleaning door knobs, light switches and such every day. With a careful trip out once a week for the past three weeks, I feel like we are now stocked up enough to do fine for over a month if necessary. I may take a solitary walk around the neighborhood or we might even take a drive in the country if we feel the need to go out. Other than that, we are now in to stay and will avoid all public places.
So much has happened and we have to take precautions. It won't last forever but I think there will be some permanent changes as a result of all this. How are you doing with all these changes in our world?