Seriously, very occasional, but sometimes I just have something I really need to say or share with you.
Also, fair warning - I can't spell. And no, it's not because I don't read enough. You want 'authentic', this is me, warts and all.
16 March 2020
We are going to have to talk about it eventually aren’t we. We might as well get it over with then. The Coronavirus scare is freaking us all out. I am not a doctor or a scientist so I try not to read too much random online information. I can’t tell the difference between actual information I need to know and complete poppycock, made up to cause panic and mayhem.
My first thoughts - Coronavirus? Bitch pahleez!, I did not go through a year of cancer scare to be taken out by a dirty import from across the seas. Nope, not going to happen.
Last night our president declared a national state of disaster. We’re not on lockdown but we are encouraged to cancel large gatherings of any kind, limit travel, work from home if you can, schools are closing and there are procedures set in place in case you feel you need to be tested for the virus. All in all it seems to me that we are working in the right direction and maybe we’re even a little ahead of the game.
I feel the most important thing we can do for ourselves and those we love, is to keep as healthy as we can. I am trying to stick to a healthy diet, taking moments to keep calm and just breathe. Stretches and exercises. Things we should all be doing anyway. Remain calm, it’s scary out there but not nearly as scary as it could be. Most of these actions are precautionary in order to avoid as much infection as possible. Heap your head folks.
Let’s help where we can. Check on friends with pre existing conditions. If they’re staying at home bring them groceries when you go to the shops. Strike up whatsapp conversations so they don’t feel completely isolated. An ordinary conversation about the weather can go a long way to easing the stress of a situation.
Try to find a way to support small local businesses that will take a knock. With people staying away, these small businesses, that have been hanging on by the skin of their teeth through load shedding, water restrictions and a failing economy these small businesses will need your help now more than ever. Not only to stay afloat but to feed their families and keep them safe through this crisis. I recently saw a post on facebook suggesting that it would be nice to buy vouchers at these small businesses to help them through this time. Whether you decide to redeem them later or not it will help with more than just money. Knowing there are people out there who care can carry us all through so much.
Maybe I am offering advice on what to do. Oops. Wash your hands, don’t touch your face, keep as healthy as you can and be calm. We’ll get through this, friends.