Surviving The Pandemic

Margaret Adams

One certain outcome of the Coronavirus (Covid 19) pandemic is that the world, both globally and within our communities, will not go back to the way things were before the virus hit. Survival will depend on accepting, adjusting to, and planning for the upcoming changes.

It is important while we are living in our Shelter in Place environment that we participate in things that will benefit our health now and in the future.

Making sure our home environment is healthy is of the utmost importance. A healthy home environment means that you have cleaned your house using household cleaners, focusing on surfaces that are touched most often. After cleaning these surfaces they should be disinfected using a solution made of water and bleach. This cleaning and disinfecting should especially be done when returning home from being out in the community working or shopping. These precautions will be necessary for now and in the unknown future for as long as there is the risk of viral infection.

The Coronavirus has also caused unexpected financial changes in the way we live. Many have become unemployed, and a return to work is not guaranteed. The government has voted to provide temporary funds for most individual wage earners below $75,000, or $150,000 for couples.  This is a one-time payment and should not be relied on for the future.

Many jobs that have been eliminated due to the Coronavirus may be gone forever. Unemployed workers will need to apply for unemployment benefits, and most likely apply for medical insurance through the ACA (Affordable Care Act) aka Obama Care. Patience and perseverance will need to be exercised due to the number of people applying, and the limited number of people available to accept the applications.

This is a good time to re-evaluate your current financial situation, looking at your spending habits and eliminating spending that is unnecessary due to the uncertainty of the economy. This is also a good time to determine what job skills you have and which job skills are going to be needed in the future. Take meaningful steps to make sure you will be able to participate in the workforce.

Since we have been instructed to shelter in place, except for shopping or medical necessities, we need to adjust our lives to the lack of everyday activities. All members of the household should consider some form of physical activity. This is a good time to make family exercising fun and challenging. Maybe you can have a line dance contest. Or try doing push-ups, or weight-lifting using household items, or marching in place. These are just a few examples of things that can be done at home. There are also many fitness programs on YouTube and the internet if you have access. The main thing is to stay active. Staying active can help with things as common as bowel movements, or as necessary as breathing  and having a  healthy heart.

Sheltering in place can also wreak havoc on our eating habits. People will tend to eat more due to boredom or emotional stress. Since we are less active, try decreasing your food intake as your daily activity has decreased. Try keeping fewer unhealthy snacks and drinks around the house. Families may find enjoyment in cooking together, cooking from scratch and trying new recipes to stay healthy.

Please keep our children’s minds active while they are out of school for this period of time. This pandemic has highlighted the importance of having books available in our households. Make sure you and your children set aside daily time for reading and practicing math. Don’t allow them to just sit in front of a TV or computer screen playing games. Seek out educational programs that will challenge your child’s thinking. Encourage your child to explore information and topics of interest. If you have older children let them become teachers for the younger ones. The more we can keep their minds active, the easier it will be for them to adjust when school resumes.

Just remember, “This Too Shall Pass.”   Stay strong and healthy.

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