I think we can all agree that the times today are hard to deal with and finding hope and peace may be hard for many. I believe if we remain faithful, faith will give us peace, and then we will hope. There is good in humanity, and we must believe in that.
The earth is not the problem, it is what mankind has done to the earth is where the problem is. I believe the good will repair the bad eventually, but we must all work together.
The most important things right now are:
If you have a fever with a dry cough then you should suspect without a test that you are infected, and to self isolate.
If you do not self isolate, then if you are infected then you are spreading the virus to others that may not have a strong immune system with underlying health problems.
The things that we have all heard over and over is the importance of proper hand washing.
Use hand sanitizer.
It is important also to clean the common surfaces in your home frequently. Do not forget the inside of your vehicle, most importantly the steering wheel.
According to some medical professionals the virus can live up to nine days on your clothes, and remain on surfaces that you touch. That is why we should continue to clean, and wash our hands regularly, not only when we return from a trip to the supermarket or from running errands.
Overthinking it is fine if that helps you break it down in a way that will help you to understand the coronavirus, and how it spreads.
Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong is a doctor and a scientist that has spent his career studying the human immune system. He explains the coronavirus in a article in the LA Times that makes it easy to understand how the virus spreads from person to person, and what the virus does once you become infected. Please check it out.
If you have to go to the store for essentials, then you do not have to take the entire family with you as if you are on a family outing. You know what works for your family and for your household, please stay vigilant. If you can leave your kids home with a responsible adult, then please do, but if you have to take them with you, then get the items that you need, and get out of public places.
Please stay calm. We are not going to help anyone by panicking or being disruptive.
We should also be very careful of the content that we share on social media. There is a lot of inaccurate information out there that could be harmful. Many may be fearful, but staying home and remaining calm is most important right now.
Stay informed on new information, but it is just as important to discipline the amount of time spent online during this crisis, it can be very overwhelming.
Find a happy place, try to recognize when you need to retreat to it.
We will get through this together by doing what is required of each and every one of us. However long this takes to get it under control, it is crucial that we all stay patient.
Continue practicing social distancing.
We know many will become infected with this virus, the best advice I have is to pray without ceasing.
I would also like to take this time to thank all of our first responders that are behind the scenes working hard day and night. We appreciate all that you are doing.
Stay safe. Peace, hope and love to all.
Tonya R. McBryar