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Just a Thought - I may like this social distancing
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Due to the fear of coronavirus disease, my birthday has been canceled for April 7. I’m sure that comes as a shock to no one. My only disappointment is that it will not stop the chronological and physical aging process that comes along with it. On that day, I will wake up to being 51. 

I’ve found both likes and dislikes with the current state of things.

Dislike: allergies. 

I’ve had to double up on my medication to calm the sneezing and prevent people from chasing me off with pitchforks and torches. I am not ‘patient zero’ yet. 

Like: social distancing.

It is recommended by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to limit the spread of coronavirus. It means people should avoid close contact with others. Recommended is a distance of six feet or more, avoiding crowds and not shaking hands.

To be completely honest, I could probably live the rest of my life without a complete stranger touching me. I’m just one of those people. Unless I know you, I’d rather you not touch me. Because of this scare, everyone is avoiding contact. However, I do like to be social, so that part is a buzz kill for me. 

Dislike: quarantine and isolation.

In addition to social distancing, the CDC recommends households be prepared if quarantine or isolation are needed. Quarantine and isolation will help prevent and slow the spread of contagious disease like COVID-19 by limited exposure to people who have the disease or those who may have been exposed to the virus. 

That recommendation is why people went crazy stockpiling food and hoarding toilet paper. People were preparing for self-quarantine and self-isolation like this would be an apocalypse event that would leave us locked in our homes for months or years. Those people went greedy and took more than what we needed. They cared not who might actually need some of those supplies. I’ve heard that this virus outbreak is rewriting America’s way of life. I’m not sure that’s entirely true, but it is bringing to light the character of some people.

Like: people are washing their hands. 

Cleanliness is always a good thing, especially self-care with appropriate hygiene.

Dislike: hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray.

I’ve had a headache for about two weeks now. It started with an overuse of disinfectant spray and hand sanitizer everywhere I go. The fumes are killing my head and putting me in a bad mood – neither is welcome. Disinfecting wipes and washing your hands with soap is just as effective and they doesn’t disperse fumes into the air, just an FYI. 

With any luck, this virus will skip Warren County and we can be thankful for all the suggested precautions.

Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.