Panic. That’s the only word to describe what is going on right now. Panic.
Suddenly, we all know we have to wash our hands and stay home when we are sick, because the flu has grown legs and opinions.
American hands have never been so clean.
Perfectly healthy people are buying cold medicine, milk, bread, and toilet paper leaving nothing for the elderly, the sick, or the people with compromised immune systems.
Because I am human, I am not without conflicting emotions about all of this.
I am ashamed at our behavior overall during this time when we should be acting like normal people and doing the right thing when we are sick – see a doctor, get meds, stay home after that, watch hours of Netflix and play the newest iteration of Diablo, because it’s a gorgeous game.
I am also aware that not everyone can see a doctor, get meds, and stay home when they are sick, because they are having a great month when they can live paycheck to paycheck. That’s the worst part of this mess. Some… a lot of Americans can’t take days off to get well. They have to go to work no matter how severe their sickness or how poorly they feel.
Also, I am a little annoyed that so many people are getting ‘snow days’ or working from home, and I am not one of them. As a writer and writing educator who also has a full-time job, I would like a couple of days to work on my book or make a new writing course.
Being a person is so dang complicated.
You can dislike how we’re handling things concerning coronavirus and also wish you too could have days off with pay. It doesn’t make you less compassionate. It just makes you a person.
Now, go wash your hands.