April 1 question - The IWSG’s focus is on our writers. Each month, from all over the globe, we are a united group sharing our insecurities, our troubles, and our pain. So, in this time when our world is in crisis with the covid-19 pandemic, our optional question this month is: how are things in your world?
I had a different post planned today, but I decided to swap it out after reading this month's question.
Things are a little crazy right now, even in my world. I'm in Upper Michigan. It's remote with lots of trees and small populations, so things reach here last. I remember Mad Cow, the last SARS, and ebola causing a panic around the country. But not here. Not much changed it didn't really affect many people.
This time, it has. There has been one confirmed case of someone from my county having Coronavirus. They aren't being treated here, though. Probably downstate. Hubby read about a woman passing through the nearby airport that might have had it. I went to Meijer and there was no toilet paper! Yeah, the panic reached all the way up here.
Fortunately, hubby is able to work from home. I was able to go out and get food stocked up and found some rubbing alcohol and Aloe Vera gel so I could make some hand sanitizer because all I could find was a small bottle to fit in my purse. We've been hunkered down and eager for this to blow over.
A Youtuber I watch, Markiplier, said something the other day that really struck me. He said the outcome we want from this is to prove the skeptics right, that it wasn't that bad because we took extra precautions and the death toll wasn't as high as it could have been. TL;DR: Better safe than sorry.
I hope you are weathering this storm and keeping safe. If it's stressing you out, I recommend going to the subreddit AWWW for some cute animal therapy. We'll get through this. The human race is too stubborn not to.