I’m one of those people who find it easier to write when there is an allure of sadness around me. There’s something about the feeling of helplessness that gets my creative juices going. When I used to write poetry (many eons ago), I was always the girl that wrote about a broken heart, or a city in ruins…
COVID-19 is making me sad. So I’ve been writing more. The seriousness of the disease, the fact that we weren’t (and still aren’t) ready to deal with its ramifications, the impact it’s having on people’s lives, the fact that there are people who are finding ways to exploit others in this difficult time, there’s so much that’s concerning about this thing.
Obviously, because of my medical history, I may be vulnerable to the severe effects of the coronavirus. So I’ve heeded to ALL the recommendations made. I intend to continue to do so even when the lock down is lifted. Many other people with pre-existing conditions are genuinely concerned about this and while there are no specific recommendations, it’s important to observe a level of seriousness to the general guidelines provided. It doesn’t hurt to be paranoid!
Below are the general tips that I thought I’d share (thanks to the www ofcourse):
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds because it’s one of the best ways to kill germs on your hands and prevent the spread of germs to others. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth because if you picked up the virus, you could infect yourself by allowing the virus to enter your body.
- Avoid close contact – being within 6 feet (about 2 arms-length) of anyone, especially people who are sick, coughing, or sneezing. (I’d recommend you avoid close contact with people you don’t live with)
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or cough or sneeze into your elbow.
- Avoid shaking hands.
- Stay at home as much as possible and avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people.
- Stay home when/if you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Avoid non-essential travel.
- If you are a cancer patient, survivor, or caregiver, talk to your cancer care team/doctor about whether there are any additional precautions you should take.