I’d like to express my appreciation to all those who’ve thanked a Southern Standard staff for their continued dedication to being this community’s source for local news during these trying times. Each and every one of those comments is greatly appreciated.
I’ve received five, and each one of those was delivered in a genuine and heartfelt way and accepted with the same. It’s admirable when someone takes time out of their day to voice thankfulness to others.
Media is considered essential and rightfully so, but we’ve taken many steps to protect ourselves. Along with closing the front lobby and banning non-employees from the building, many of our staff are working from home. It’s a skeleton crew in here and everyone who remains is staying as far away from each another as possible, washing our hands repeatedly and sanitizing everything we touch.
No confirmed cases here.
Personally, I haven’t touched hand sanitizer. I believe in the CDC guidelines that handwashing for 20 seconds is the best way to go. Hand sanitizer should be used if soap and water are not available. I wash my hands approximately 20 times a day – anytime I leave my desk.
Also, I’m dedicated to social distancing. If someone steps toward me, I step away. Most, when I step away, understand what I’m doing and stay away. Only once did someone keep stepping closer. In that situation, I pointed out that they weren’t adhering to social distancing.
What might seem extreme to others is my isolation away from my boyfriend.
According to CDC guidelines, older adults, individuals considered to be immunocompromised, people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
My BF’s mother is currently undergoing cancer treatment. As I told him, I do not want to be the cause of her catching COVID-19. He asked me if I felt sickly. No, but that doesn't mean anything. By reports, a person can go four days to two weeks without showing signs – contagious to everyone during that time. I refuse to take a chance.
I watched a documentary last week about viral disease outbreaks over the last 100 years or so. It was called "The Real Contagion." I found it very informative, as well as amazingly disturbing. It covered Cholera, Ebola, influenza, SARS, and Zika pandemics, just to name a few. One guy said, due to the popularity of air travel, “An outbreak anywhere today can quickly spread everywhere.”
That documentary was made prior to coronavirus, but it applied.
I will continue to act as if I’m infected and that everyone else is too, regardless of obvious symptoms. To me, that’s the only responsible thing to do.
Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.