An outbreak is an infectious disease epidemiologist’s dream and nightmare. Even though, I don’t work in the field anymore, I’m still close to the sciences and this pandemic is mind-blowing. We studied this stuff, we were told another pandemic would happen one of these days, but I certainly did not expect it to happen in this moment. Honestly, are we ever prepared for stuff like this? Ummmmmm…no! Nevertheless, we are here navigating in an interesting world.
It’s a hard time for a lot of people. Social distancing is hard and it kinda stinks. Perhaps more than anyone, I know this incredibly hard on parents with children who are used to be active and socially engaged with their classmates and friends. The introvert in me is quite happy to be able to stay home without having to come up with an excuse for why I will be late or miss a function altogether. Yet, even for me, the notion of being in the house most of the day, every single day of the week is a bit challenging. Reading, watching TV, working, and taking a walk around the neighborhood gets old after awhile. So, I skipped the walk around the neighborhood for the past two days and opted to go on a neighborhood tour by car instead. If I’m just riding in the car, I’m still socially distanced!!! I’ve been avoiding going into public places as much as possible (except yesterday when my washer decided to call it quits and I had to buy a new one real quick, I made a necessary exception to the rule and went to the store).
How are we going to make it through this pandemic situation? I’ve got no good advice or real words of encouragement for how we will make it mentally and emotionally. I’m going to start video calling people because I think we need that human interaction. Physically, I sincerely believe if we will stay home, wash our hands, and clean highly touched surfaces often we will be a lot better off. Unless one’s job will not allow them to stay home, there’s really no need to go out right now. My going out consists of going to the grocery store, period. And frankly, I don’t need to go there more than once a week and I wear gloves. I have a whole routine: gloves, hand sanitizer, then wash my hands with soap and water as soon as I get home. Beyond groceries, I don’t need anything at the moment, so I’m not going to church, I’m not going to anyone’s backyard gathering, I’m not even going to visit my family. It stinks, I know, but flattening the curve is really that serious for me. I want people to live, not just my family, but the families of my friends and people I go to church with and my coworkers. The best way to do my part in ensuring this, is simply staying home. It’s that simple.
I know we will get through this, just as we have done before. We got through the Spanish Flu pandemic, and we’ve gotten through smaller epidemics like SARS and the swine flu pandemic (which was just 11 years ago). Things are tough right now, but this is when we put our trust in God and listen to the expert advice that is offered to us. Our faith is not minimized because we trust the wisdom of humankind, instead we are exercising our obedience to God by seeking wise counsel.
This doggone virus needs to go, but until it does, let’s all be safe! Let’s not just think of our own safety, but let’s think of the safety of all the people around us. Together, we’re gonna kick Corona’s behind!