We have had a few deaths here in Idaho and the rate of infection is growing fast from 3 cases to over 100 cases in less than a couple of weeks. I am very glad I have started wearing my masks during shopping trips last week. You can’t outrun this virus you have to take steps to limit your exposure as much as you can by staying home, wearing a mask, using hand sanitizer and keeping extra social distance when you have to go out among the public. Now I wear glasses and they provide some protection for my eyes, but if you go out add sun glasses, goggles of some sort to protect your eyes from any coughs and sneezing people in the public.
News from the CDC! Us serfs should wear mask to limit the spread of the Corona virus! A bandana and sunglasses will give you some protection if an infected person coughs or sneezes at you and your coughs and sneeze particles will be limited by wearing a mask. People catch the Corona virus can be exposing people for days and not know they are because they don’t feel sick, don’t have a fever, cough or even the sniffles. If you have Spring allergies, you can also have the Corona virus and spread it even if you don’t feel sick. Wear some sort of mask and eye protection not only to protect yourself but to protect people in your community! Perhaps Idaho is different but I did not have people stare or mock me for wearing a mask. In fact a couple of cashiers thanked me for wearing a mask on my last shopping trip.
My skin was destroyed by all the extra hand washing I was doing the last 6 weeks. Cracked, drying or scaly skin is not good in Pandemic situation so I stopped washing my hands a 20 times a day, used less liquid soap per washing and added a skin cream/lotion to my hands and arms. Good news! It only took a couple of days for my skin to recover from drying out and getting scaly. If you are staying home and you are keeping the house clean, you probably don’t need to go all OCD about hand washing. Wash your hands before prepping food, eating food and after you use the bathroom should be enough to be clean/safe and your skin won’t get dry and cracked.
Every day, average people must do what they can to stop the spread of the virus. Stay home/self quarantine if you can, especially if you are in a high risk group. If you have to go shopping wear a mask and some sort of eye protection and have a list of the items you need so you can limit your exposure. Spray down your door knobs, mail box and clean your house so it is a safe place/sanctuary for you not to worry about the virus. If you have not done it before set up an online bill pay for utilities, internet and other monthly payments. I don’t like auto pays because what I need each month can change, but I think online bill pay and banking can be great for convenience and keeping people safe.
Internet and cell phone service may get a little glitchy as many people are working from home, home schooling and bingeing on Netflix and playing games. Give the companies a little bit of time (2-4 weeks) to rework the data and voice traffic demands. This virus is not going away in a couple of weeks. Life will change in the USA and the economy will tank as Corana virus is a flock of black swans hitting the world economy. Start thinking about how you will live in this new economy. Sending your children off to child day care or a school will bring this virus into your home. Schools are human petri-dishes of infections. Spring break is now Summer break but kids can be asymptomatic carriers of this flu that might kill grandma/pa. Start thinking about what you will do stop the spread, not only through April but into September.
I could be wrong and the Wu-Flu disappears in July and never comes back. How many family members, neighbors are you willing to risk because you did not like wearing a mask, goggles, or look like a goof? Masks are uncomfortable, I don’t want to wear safety goggles. I’ll look silly to other people. Those sentiments are correct and you will probably get infected and infect others close to you and in your neighborhood.
If I am wrong about wearing masks and goggles I may look a bit silly. If I’m correct that wearing masks and goggles stop the spread of this virus in the USA. Everyone is a hero that masks up and shows the world how to stop this pandemic! If you are out in the public wear a mask to protect yourself and protect others because you don’t know if you are an asymptomatic carrier or if other people are an asymptomatic carriers.