April 22, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic Diary, Day 42: The New Normal

COVID-19 Diary, Day 42

Unbelievable but true: It's been 42 days since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

By now, we've gotten accustomed to what some like to refer as "the new normal."

(On the other hand, some people have an almost violent objection to this term.)

The New Normal

What does this look like?

  • We're washing our hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds.
  • We're disinfecting high-use surfaces at home, such as door knobs, light switches, remote controls, and cellphones.
  • We're wearing cloth masks when we're in public places, especially the grocery.
  • We only go out when it's absolutely necessary. This means only for sunshine and exercise for the children and me. The only other time I've gone out was to pick up supplements from our naturopathic doctor. Contact-less, of course. And, for Bobby, this means going to the groceries for food runs, gassing up the car, and running other errands.
  • The children are attending online classes.
  • Bobby's working from home in his window-less man-cave — an arrangement that he's decided to continue even after the shutdowns are lifted.
Olson mask for COVID-19

This homemade cloth mask passes the candle blowing test. It's made with old 100% cotton t-shirts that were headed for donation.

It's amazing what humans can adapt to.

Our lives have been turned upside-down, inside-out, and shaken all around ... and now the dust seems to have settled and we're carrying on.

We're doing what needs to be done. And there are signs of hope.

COVID-19 Case Increases in Windsor-Essex

The number of new cases in Windsor-Essex has remained low this past week. (Source)

Nova Scotia Shooting

But maybe not everyone is doing quite so well.

Over in Nova Scotia, a man drove around killing people. As of today, a total of 23 people have been killed.

His motives are still a big mystery and I wonder if we'll ever really know for sure what set off this killing spree.

As if we didn't have enough on our plate!

Earth Day 2020

Earth Day 2020

On another note, today is Earth Day!

I haven't had the chance to plan anything special to celebrate this year.

It seems that Mother Nature herself is in a state of flux. It's mid-April, but we've been getting snow.

Dear Mother Nature, I urgently need to be able to go outdoors and soak up some sun. It could make the difference between getting a mild or serious case of this disease, if at all.


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Alexis Rodrigo