I wasn’t planning on writing a post about Coronavirus, but it increasingly feels like the elephant in the room which there is no avoiding, so as a working Mum, I’m sharing my current fears and thoughts about what is unfolding on a global scale with each passing day.
To be honest, if I had to summarise my thoughts on Coronavirus, or Covid-19, it would be two opposite poles of ‘It’s all gonna blow over’ to ‘We’re all gonna die’.
It’s so hard to decipher the scaremongering from the facts, and as precautions begin to get rolled out in our immediate life, it’s really hard not to get head spin, so here are my fears, in no particular order.
- Are our parents going to get really sick?
- Are my kids going to get really sick?
- Am I going to get really sick?
- Who will look after the kids if we get really sick?
- Are the schools going to close?
- Will my childminder shut up shop?
- Will society fall apart?
- What will happen to the healthcare system if it’s overrun?
- What will happen at my work?
- Will our holiday be cancelled?
- Will we be able to access food and supplies?
- How long is all this going to last?
It’s frankly all a bit too close to an apocolyptic movie script than feels comfortable, and whilst I’m really trying not to panic and over dramatise, it equally feels pretty serious and not a laughing matter.
As the urban legends filter through, it’s so difficult to figure if this really is no worse than seasonal flu which causes X amount of deaths every year… or if this is something way WAY different?
So how am I preparing?
I’m not panic buying, nor am I letting our shelves run empty. I’m listening and taking the advice. My hands have NEVER been cleaner. And I just realised for the first time HOW MUCH I touch my face.
I’m taking multivitamins and keeping healthy, and I’m trying to remain pragmatic and calm.
We are starting to consider contingency plans for school closures and working from home, and taking one day at a time.
What about you?