Colds and flu and Coronavirus, oh my!
“Wash your hands. Mom said so”
As if cold and flu season isn’t hectic enough. What an interesting turn of events the U.S. (and really, the world) has seen over the last few weeks. Every email, text string, news headline, social media post, etc is ladened with the term “Coronavirus/COVID-19.” Schools are closing, sports are canceled and jobs are allowing employees to work remotely. What we thought was isolated to one country (China) and then one state (Washington) is now spreading quickly, affecting people of all ages and predominately killing the elderly and severely ill. 😟
Children appear to be spared, but is that really the case? From my Google research (and I’ve done a lot), I’ve found that there are cases of children contracting the virus, but are actually showing no symptoms. So the reality? Our favorite little germ carriers are probably spreading the virus without us or them knowing it, which makes the idea of community spread even more terrifying.
I’d like you to think of the following as your one-stop no-nonsense resource for COVID-19:
According to the CDC website: the following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
- Cough (dry)
- Shortness of breath
Add fatigue to that list and one could be quite confused. These are the top (4) symptoms and, as you can see, are very similar to the flu. If symptoms are severe or you already have a weakened immune system, seek medical assistance ASAP! If symptoms are mild, don’t waste your money going to urgent care. There’s no cure. Just stay home, stay hydrated, get some rest, and most importantly STAY HOME. Yes, I know, I said that already 😉
COMMON SENSE BUT SOME FOLKS NEED A REFRESHER
- Wash your d*mn hands A LOT (more than you usually do) for at least 20 seconds. If you don’t wash your hands often, shame on you 🤦♀️
- Lysol spray or wipe down high-touch surfaces (doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, keyboards, and light switches to name a few). Every day, if possible.
- Everyone who lives in your household should wash their hands as soon as they get home!
- Carry hand sanitizer with you at all times (at least 60% alcohol content). But don’t just carry it with you, use it frequently.
- Again, if you’re feeling any symptoms, STAY THE HELL HOME & limit contact with household members
- This is a huge one because there are folks who know they have COVID-19 and still choose to go out in public (planes, school functions, work, etc).
- Stop stocking up on a ton of toilet paper. Wiping your a*s doesn’t prevent or get rid of the virus. I get the hysteria, but d*mn.
- If you’re home with your “quarantine bae” (as they’ve been calling it on social media) and you don’t want to end up with a “Coronavirus-conceived baby” in 9 months, I suggest you use protection 😆
- Stop exploiting the need by reselling Lysol and disinfecting wipes online (or on the street corner as I saw recently) for 10x their normal cost. Y’all wrong for that.
- Stop wearing face masks to avoid getting sick. They don’t work like that.
- If you’re sick and must be around people, it’s then you should wear a face mask
- For goodness sake, COVER YOUR MOUTH when you sneeze and cough. I tell my kids “chicken wing” (or for the millennials, dab) every time I hear their germs spewing out 🗣️🙅♀️
- Take Vitamin C, Zinc, or Elderberry EVERY DAY. Unless you never leave your house, these are needed especially during this time of year
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
- There’s no need to panic if you feel the onset of something. Do remember that it’s also cold and flu season. Self-diagnose on Google if you have mild symptoms and, no, you don’t have cancer. If it seems severe or is cause for concern, go to the doctor (and wear a mask) 😷
- There’s actually no need to panic at all. The virus is here and there’s nothing we can do about it other than minimize community spread. Regardless, it has to run its course.
- Do stock up on food and essentials. In the event that your area shuts down, it’s best to be prepared so that you can minimize leaving your house.
- Like many pandemics, be prepared for this to get worse before it gets better.
- Dear young people: cheap flights are enticing, but buying them to travel in the present-day is, IMO, well, DUMB. Wait until May or so to use your ticket, but don’t travel now for goodness sake. After all, there are folks getting on planes (knowingly) with the virus. 😕
- With the decrease in travel demand, airlines are offering flexibility for future travel. For example, American Airlines is waiving change fees on any non-refundable ticket purchased between March 1 – March 31st. Fare differences still apply, but you can change your flight up to one time at no cost for up to one year. Check your airline for similar offers.
We will get through this. Use this time to cultivate your personal relationships, catch up on personal affairs (or sleep), binge watch any show you’ve been putting off, or declutter your home (contact JUNK UNLIMITED for your junk removal needs).
Now’s the time to reset your energy and reclaim your peace. Don’t feed into the hysteria. We’re gonna be fine, y’all. If anything, let this be a major lesson in personal hygiene.
Rest in peace to those who’ve succumbed to the symptoms of COVID-19 🙏🏻