I’ve written about the coronavirus from a business perspective on my company blog, but I’m curious how it’s impacting you personally. What are you doing differently this week than you would if the disease wasn’t spreading around the world?
I’ll answer my own question below, but first I wanted to say how surreal the whole experience has been. There’s an incredibly contagious, rampant disease for which there is no vaccine, and the world is taking it seriously. Even though it hasn’t impacted me or anyone I know, I’m also taking it seriously. It’s not so much that I don’t want to catch the virus; rather, I’m more concerned about not spreading it.
The biggest red flag to me is the sheer lack of test kits in the US. As of a few days ago, only around 10,000 people here had actually been tested, as the testing was largely restricted to those who had recently traveled to China or other coronavirus hotspots. Over 2,000 confirmed cases emerged from those tests, so imagine how many others out there have caught the virus and just don’t know it yet?
Hence why I’m taking it seriously. Megan and I have postponed our trip to Alaska, cancelled this week’s game night, and put a hold on our climbing gym excursions. We’re not hoarding anything, but we have food and paper products to last us a few weeks if necessary. I’ll continue to try to stay healthy–I want a strong immune system in place. And I’ll probably continue to pay way too much information to CNN.com and this website.
That said, we’re not entirely self-isolating. I will still go to the grocery store if I need something (recent visits have been completely normal–no crazy crowds or empty shelves other than toilet paper), and I’m sure I’ll still go to a restaurant sometime this week. Megan will likely continue to go to her various workouts.
Perhaps we’re overreacting, but I’m all for full containment of this virus so we can get back to normal life. The Washington Post had an excellent interactive article today about the impact of people choosing not to come into contact with each other for a few weeks–it could make a huge difference:
Basically, I want to be a part of the solution, and I’m fortunate that my only dependents are cats and that I work from home, so it’s fairly easy for me to do my part. Everyone’s lives are different, though, so I’m curious how this state of emergency is impacting your week.