I have been putting off whether we needed a place to chat about the coronavirus. At this point, it seems that as much as we come to this site to forget about the things going on in the world that are not that great, like this, and the election, etc it is all happening. And a lot of us do need a place to talk about it. As with any other post, if this in not a topic you want to discuss, I promise to have all of the usual ones as always. Once again, Below Deck Sailing Yacht will be up tomorrow due to the usual DVR conflicts, and because I have a lot of things going on. Some of which involve a bit of prepping for the coronavirus. All precautions, suggestions, etc that I might discuss here are my thoughts, and my decisions. We do not need to agree. But we are all impacted by the situation so if you would like to talk about it, this is the place. I’ve been getting a lot of emails on the subject and would rather we discuss it as a group. It’s just easier and less time consuming.
First let me give my opinion on hand sanitizer. I have had this opinion for, well as long as people have been using it. Especially when I was an elementary school teacher. The teachers would coat young kids with chemicals instead of sanitizing the things. I actually told my principal that I was allergic to hand sanitizer to avoid having it in my classroom. My kids washed their hands with soap twice a day. Once when they arrived at school and again before lunch, and of course other times as needed. Hand sanitizer is full of harsh chemicals. Some of you use CBD oil for pain relief or mood improvement. It is absorbed through your skin and travels through your blood stream. The same thing happens with chemicals found in hand sanitizer. There are also harsh chemicals in some soap. So consider this when making decisions about what you put on your body and especially the effects it could have on small children. I use Meyers Soap. You can find it in most grocery store. Or Ivory soap or Ivory dish washing liquid. That is just me.
I do use sanitizer sheets for wiping down shopping carts, my laptop, my phone (landline) my door knobs, etc. Then I wash my hands. For me the harsh sanitizers belong on things not people. I clean my credit cards and avoid using cash as much as possible (the germiest thing we touch other than maybe your cellphone.)
Other than that, I am sort of a closet prepper. I have plenty of canned food that I a can live on for months. And a couple hand held can openers! If I have power I have rice and pasta and grits and oatmeal. And lanterns and all that sort of jazz. I do not think drinking water or power will be effected. I just like to be prepared for anything. I buy tons of electrolyte water all the time because I drink at least a case of 1.5 liter bottles ever week or so. So I always have a ton of water on hand. I do have a mask and some disposable latex gloves. I don’t feel the need for either yet.
I have been avoiding crowds since all the mass shootings, so no malls, or large events for me. I have sort of been a self quarantiner for a while now. Oddly, now that I am in a better place and my anxiety has been gone for a while, suddenly they suggest not leaving your house as much. Go figure.
As for local ATL news, we have six people with the virus and four of them are close to where I live. In addition, the Fulton county schools have closed for tomorrow because a substitute teacher who worked in two middles schools last week has tested positive. IN OTHER not so great news, I live very close to where a lot of the passengers from that cruise ship that just docked in Oakland are being quarantined. This base also did Ebola quarantines a few years ago so they know what they are doing and the CDC is based here. Also the mega churches are telling people to feel free to just stay home and watch on TV.
So I am not really bothered by this. I pretty much stay ready for any sort of threat and have a whole military type OPSEC in place at all times. I think we will all be fine. There is no need to panic. At least not yet.
In other news, I am working on my passport application tonight just to stay ready. I keep putting it off but now it seems more vital. I am keeping a little bit of cash on hand. And I am working on my stupid taxes. So I might be a bit busier than usual this week offline.
Tell me some good news! Share your concerns. Has anyone planted tomatoes yet? General Beauregard Lee forecasted six more weeks of winter back on Ground Hog Day and once again, he was right. So we just have a week or so left of this nasty weather, hopefully. My ground is ready to go. I have been pulling weeds between raindrops. I will start with one big cheat plant in a pot and put the more fragile plants in a couple of weeks. What are your gardening plans?