The school district I work for has officially closed for next week, and they will evaluate on a week-by-week basis on when schools will open again. Eleanor's district has not closed yet, which is strange to me because my district is the largest in the metro area and every other district just does whatever we do.
I have seen so many people calling this hysteria and making light of the situation. Unfortunately, it is almost always younger people who have little to fear from this virus because they will likely recover. But I think about my own grandparents who have health issues on top of being in their late seventies and early eighties. I think about all my students who live with their grandparents, and for all those younger people who have compromised immune systems. I worry for my good friend who is pregnant, in Italy, about to give birth at any time. We have to protect these vulnerable populations.
I am 100% in favor of the closures and cancellations, because if we can somehow get out ahead of this after trump's bullshit about it not being a big deal, then we might be okay. I was so relieved last night to see the NBA suspend their season, MLB to cancel spring practice, even that college basketball conference tourneys, the Big Dance, everything being cancelled. That tells me that even though our government has had a shitty response thus far, other people with the power to do so are trying to do the right thing and keep our communities safe.
Next week will be spent much as this week was, lots of snuggles, moving watching, book reading, and napping.
be safe, happy reading,
i'm in my late 70's but i haven't got around to worrying about it yet... went for a bike ride across the river today and did notice a dearth of traffic, tho... that must mean something...ReplyDelete
I think vigilance is so important, and as long as you are very always alert - and carry hand santizer with you! I worry so much about elderly people who may live alone, or are in nursing homes, where this spreads so fast and with such deadly results. I worry constantly about my grandparents and want to go home and help them, but also do not want to unknowingly bring them any germs.Delete
i am in my late sixties and am a higher risk than some, so i have already been trying to prepare and isolate myself as much as possible. i am retired and happy blogging, reading and piddling around home, so this is not much of a change for me...but i am very concerned.ReplyDelete
sherry @ fundinmental
I am too, and I get so angry when I hear people my age - late 30s - plus people younger, complaining about the closures. These closures are not for US, they are to protect vulnerable people FROM us. Eleanor and I are staying home all week, I stocked up yesterday. She is still coughing from the influenza, and the nose is running, and she still sleeps over twelve hours at night, but her appetite is slowly coming back. I don't want to spread any of her germs, nor unknowingly pick something else up and the spread it without knowing. We will do our part to keep others safe and I hope others will shut up, grow up, and do the same.Delete
As one who would be considered vulnerable, I appreciate the steps being taken to control the spreading of the virus. I just hope it's not too little too late.ReplyDelete
I agree that it may be too late. But I was hopeful when organizations started cancelling events, and took this threat seriously. It took our government too long. I have talked to my good friend Kim, the one I mentioned above who is pregnant in Italy and about to have her baby. She says that what the US is doing is good, because Italy was blindsided and it spread so quickly. She feels like if we continue to take extreme precaution, we might just be able to stop this thing. She still said there will be hard, sad days, but we are doing things right. That outside look gives me a lot of hope - as long as everyone here does their part.Delete
Ooh! Reading time for you! I'm a bit bummed, myself -- my social life for the next three weeks has been ruined because of all the cancellations. And it's such good weather, too!ReplyDelete
I suppose a pandemic takes priority, though. :P
yes, I suppose it does! :PDelete
Eleanor and I will be reading loads of books, I will write some reviews, we will play UNO and be silly and watching Frozen II a hundred times and sing and dance and play.
Totally with you on this. How is Eleanor doing today?ReplyDelete
Much much better! The cough is still there, though much less and she is no longer coughing all night. Getting the appetite back, just having to deal with this dang stuffy nose that needs blowing constantly!Delete
The hysteria has been a little much with people binge-buying toilet paper for no apparent reason, but I 100% percent agree that precautions regarding avoiding crowds are necessary and prudent. My dad is at risk of getting sick too, and it definitely scares me!ReplyDelete
Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
I am especially pissed off with the people who bought up a bunch of stuff like santizer, in order to resell it for profit. I am really glad that eBay and Amazon stopped that. I pray that you, your father and family are protected and safe.Delete