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Coronavirus in Colorado: it’s here

It’s funny how quickly priorities and realities shift. Or, maybe it will be funny after the current pandemic storm has weathered and passed and we’re all able to move on from the destruction of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Right now, however, people around the world are sick, the U.S. has declared a national emergency, and my county is enforcing restrictions and recommending self-quarantines after several confirmed cases and numerous others who are unable to get access to tests. It’s a little hard to embrace humor right now.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve written and scheduled a lot of blogs and made many plans for new content. Pieces about skiing and trips and birthday fun shared with friends in new places. For now, those things have been put on hold, indefinitely.

Right now, I’m in a self-imposed isolation. I work from home already, so the big differences are a loaded pantry and a husband that now calls himself my coworker. Oh, and canceled plans. There’s no more birthday trip or outings, and I’m pretty sure that our county isn’t allowing traffic to drive in or out. So I don’t think there will be any packages, either.

I have a few things to say on the matter. First, I’m glad to be holed up, and I’m thankful Chad is here too. It’s a small part to play in a very real pandemic, and we’re fortunate to be able to do what we can to help this spread.

Second, if this isn’t a testimony to universal healthcare and paid family leave, I don’t know what it is.

My super cute new co-worker!

And last, I’m very thankful for the state-wide response to this crisis—the governor’s actions, the communities rallying to support small businesses in healthy ways (i.e. delivery and buying gift cards for later), and for people who are choosing to stay the fuck at home.

Here’s my official PSA on the matter. Please, take care of yourselves.

COVID-19 PSA

Hey everyone! I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy. ❤️

The realities of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are sinking in around us in Colorado, as more offices are offering telecommuting, store shelves are feeling barren, events are prohibited, schools are closed, and small businesses and restaurants are feeling the pressure as public interactions decrease.

As a healthy young person, I am not overly concerned about getting or suffering through the extreme symptoms of the virus; I am, however, going to do my part to not be a vessel to those who have a higher danger of getting very sick (the elderly and those who are immunocompromised, such as people with asthma, diabetes, lung problems, chronic diseases, etc.). It really isn’t about me. And hopefully, these tactics will give hospitals more time to prepare, which is key to moving forward with limited over-crowding and casualties.

My plan is to stay at home as much as possible. (This is just too easy for me, lol.) If I have to go out, I will try to maintain a distance of 6 feet between myself and others, wash my hands before and after, and do my very, very best not to touch my face. I’m also wiping down highly touched surfaces, like door knobs, light switches, and my phone screen.

Here are my tips for getting through this:

  • Act with kindness. Retail workers, hospital staff, strangers in the store are all feeling uncertain. Be nice and caring and if you can, over-tip.

 

  • Dive into self-care. Have a movie marathon, read that book on your list, do hella face masks, work out at home! While you’re at it, catch up on all my blog posts. (😉) Embrace this time for yourself.

 

  • Support small businesses. If you have the means, order take out. Buy a gift card to use at a later date when everything has calmed down. When stocking up on canned foods, try a smaller local or ethnic grocery store. If you can, research charities for families and workers affected by the virus.

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  • Reach out to loved ones. Let them know you love them, communicate what’s going on, stay in touch.

 

  • Don’t blame the media. Even if you think things are overblown, “the media” is reporting the facts and cases and trying to educate the public. Being prepared is key to moving forward. However, if you need a break from it all, step away from social media! There’s no shame in protecting your mental health.

 

  • Try not to panic. Stay calm, practice self-care, take deep breaths, and don’t panic-hoard supplies. Everyone is in this together.

 

  • Going outside is still an option. If you want to go for a hike, walk your dog, or get some fresh air, you can still do that, and come home directly after, ready to wash up. A little sunshine can go a long way.

 

Sending all my well-wishes and positive vibes to each of you. ❤️☀️

 

In the meantime, feel free to reach out to me, connect, and unleash whatever’s on your mind. Here are some resources:

Social distancing can be tough, especially when you don’t do it often or thrive on social interaction. I’m always here if you need to talk or vent. If nothing else, remember: we’re all going through it.

Sending all my sunshine,

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