We’re several weeks into the new normal, depending on how it came down for you. Here in California, Governor Gavin Newsom declared an official State of Emergency, which requires that everyone shelter in place. We’re not alone. The whole country, even the whole world, is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Collectively and individually we’re coming to terms with the reality of sheltering in place for an extended period of time.
By now you probably know what’s in your pantry and freezer, what is being hoarded and in short supply, how to work from home full time if possible (or how to survive if not), how to entertain and home-school kids that are cooped up with you, and ways to stay sane and get some exercise. So far there is no vaccine, but we can wash our hands thoroughly and often. This sign at a Kaiser Permanente restroom tells and shows you how (for more hand-washing signs, see Wash Your Hands).
One of the best things about this experience is seeing how creative folks can be. One co-worker built a standing desk for his laptop and screen. Another, who lives alone, is looking for a fish tank video on YouTube to provide restful company. Bloggers offer suggestions for coping with shortages (including alternatives to toilet paper). Some folks are using video conferencing software (such as Zoom) to meet electronically with friends, family, and groups. Grocery stores offer time slots for Seniors to shop for supplies. Churches are streaming service alternatives online. Stay safe, everyone, and find a way to stay connected. And don’t forget to wash your hands!