* Covid-19 (#1)

Boy, was I missing the ‘real world.’ About a week ago, I went to the store to get some copy paper. While there, I remembered that we are low on dish washing liquid. I really need to start making shopping lists.

This is what I saw. And photographed. Many folks are using a LOT of dish washing liquid!

I was (almost) speechless, so I looked at other nearby aisles.

No toilet paper or paper towels.
And no bleach?

Did something happen while I was away? Yes, I knew all about the coronavirus. (I just added that word to my online dictionary.) But seriously? I stood there, taking these photos and chatting with other customers who had been looking for TP.

I am not downplaying the impact of Covid-19 on people like me and my husband (old folks with health issues). But let’s not panic here. In fact, let’s treat all germs as relatively equal if you have a compromised immune system. I have already caught a couple of plain-Jane viruses circulating in the schools. Being sneezed and coughed on is no joking matter and I’m thinking of chastising the people who cough into their hands. I’m not able to see my medically fragile kiddo because I’m sick with a non-coronavirus. And as much as I want to see him, I’m not going to pass this one along.

9 thoughts on “* Covid-19 (#1)

  1. What kind of teacher are you, only getting an everyday, common virus? 😎 Seriously, some people lose their minds anytime there is any kind of possible emergency. When we were notified of an impending power outage related to weather, you would have thought people were planning on living in a bomb shelter the next month. Things went flying off the shelves, and the stores could not possibly keep up with the demand.

    It’s a good thing to be prepared and the Corona Virus is very concerning, but we also must keep our heads. The most important thing in any kind of emergency is to remain calm and try to act rationally.

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    • Hey, I’m SPECIAL, right? I do appreciate your comments and approach to this. You always make me grin! We are the same in NC.: The merest hint of snow and the grocery store is emptied of water, milk, and bread. Being gluten and dairy free spares me much of that grief! On the other hand, it’s sad when stores have to place a limit on coveted items. How much paper towel do we need to hoard? Or how many masks do we wear? Having read (and enjoyed) many post-apocalyptic books, I get the fears, but our panic may make everything worse. Oh well. It’s in better hands than mine!

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  2. And here I have learned from apocalyptic literature that shopping malls/stores are a good place to get supplies! The way things are going, it will all run out before said apocalypse hits! Hahaha…

    I hope there really is nothing to panic about, eh?

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    • I know! Those malls have treasure troves of medications, first aid supplies, and handy items for starting your new farm. It’s a bit daunting to see all those empty aisles.
      So far, I don’t think it’s anything to panic about. We’ve had a number of really killer viruses and no one bought this much toilet paper!! And we live with potentially killer flus every year. I’m still surprised at the exact counts in this pandemic. We don’t count victims of other viruses like this, do we? I guess we did that for Ebola, on second thought. Thanks for visiting and sharing.

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  3. I went grocery shopping a couple of days ago and was surprised to see that not only did they have plenty of toilet paper, but they also had not raised the price, as often happens when a shortage is anticipated. Even so, I bought an extra package just in case. 🙂

    Today I need to venture out again, this time to stock up on the thing I REALLY need to survive a crisis — yarn. When I run out of yarn, then my sanity is in danger. 🙂

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  4. That’s a good point, for the older, ill or the immune compromised we should be doing this sort of thing anyway really. All that panic buying is scary though. In my (really rather large) city it’s exactly like this to the point where local charities and kind groups are delivering shopping to the ‘vulnerable’ but that still just means older, not disabled/chronically ill people. If I didn’t have my bloke I’d be 🤯🤬😵 I think it’s because the Western world never usually needs to be arsed about epidemics like this so we have no clue how to plan and then act rationally it seems. Glad you and yours and keeping your heads! Xx

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    • So true about the relative rarity of viruses this infectious. I have been flummoxed to see that tens of thousands of people die here each year from the flu. It’s like we’re used to that. And how can we be used to that? I think about 34,000 people died here last year from the plain old flu. Yikes.

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