We thought that we would have gotten through this epidemic by now. We thought that wearing a mask would have passed by now. It didn’t. As I write this, there are (1) 2.74 Million confirmed cases of COV-19 in the United States. 844 K cases have recovered. As of today, 130 K deaths have occurred in this country because of a virus that we do not know that much about. Personally, I have been sporting a mask whenever I leave my home. I do not go out that often but when I do, I always have a mask. Right now, there are at least five masks in the back seat of my car.
There is nothing wrong with wearing a mask despite the inconvenient factor that accompanies the idea of going to the store, market of pharmacy. And right now, this is our life…like it or not.
The hard part would be to get your entire family to wear a mask that is designed to protect others in addition to yourself. Despite all of this, we as Americans are powering through this epidemic. We are doing what we need to do to reduce the spread of COV-19. And it truly is about not spreading it to others’, which includes social gatherings in bars, restaurants or in any venue that can house at least 10 people.
This is about not spreading the virus that has claimed so many American lives. We need to show who we are as the American People and put an end to spreading a disease that initially seems so simple.
I had a medical procedure recently and I had to get tested for the virus. My results came back negative and I was able to have the procedure. But admittedly, I do not always cover my nose with the mask because it makes it difficult to breathe. I try to catch my breath when I lift the mask off of my face for a moment just to breathe normally…and although I may be exposing myself (and others) to the possibility of becoming infected, I have to catch that breath before going into the store.
So how can you get through this outbreak and keep your sanity? Believe it or not, surround yourself with immediate family and enjoy the times that you share. Obviously, if you can work from home, you do your work fairly and log on and off when you’re supposed to.
You are probably already ordering from restaurants to support the workers and feed your family. Go to the market and get groceries that will last you a few days so that you can plan your menu for your family. Select days that you can cook for your family and enjoy the time that you have together.
And here’s the most important thing…you now have the ability to do some of the things that you put off doing because you didn’t have the time to get them done.
I have found more time to write. I spend some time in prayer and I count my blessings. I realize that some of you cannot work from home and you may be facing issues and circumstances that are larger than I can cover in this article.
We are going through several epidemics in addition to the COV-19. We have racial unrest like we’ve never seen before. White people may feel like they are under attack because people of color are protesting the murder of people of color by the police. I assure you; it is not about that. Fairness hopefully will come for everyone. Hopefully, we will see the beauty in diversity in which everyone can have a place at the table. Obviously, there will be some that will disagree with this and I do not have an answer for them. Keeping things status quo will not help everyone.
But what will work for us is wearing a mask when we go outdoors and when you are out, practice social distancing even if you are going to the store.
As much as we may want to go to the gym, bar or restaurant, until they have a cure, err on the side of caution and don’t go to the event.
Everything that I am saying I am sure you’ve heard before. But it bears repeating. Save yourself the headache and stay indoors.
~ J.L. Whitehead