Do you remember the movie “Groundhogs Day” staring Bill Murray and Andie McDowell? Bill Murray’s character becomes trapped in a time loop, in which he relives Groundhog’s Day repeatedly, much to our amusement. Does anyone else feel like we are currently caught in time loop and we are being forced to repeat the same day over and over and over?
Welcome to 2020…. We are in the middle of a pandemic. The rates at which this coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading waxes and wanes. The rate of exposure is increasing while the death rate is decreasing. Some experts believe that the virus is out of control, citing the 184,000 new cases recorded on Friday, November 13. To read more, follow this link.
Some believe that one reason may be that we are experiencing “virus fatigue.” People are tired the way we have had to lead our lives this since the “stay in place” isolation has begun. We want to get outside. We long to see a smile that is not hidden behind a mask. We want our children to be in a school building, not in front of a computer. We want our lives to feel “normal” again.
With the rising number of COVID-19 cases, stores and restaurants may become more limited in the services they can provide, which, in turn, limits our choices. Schools may not reopen soon. Some states are limiting the number of people that can gather at a Thanksgiving table. And toilet paper is becoming scarcer again. It feels like we are returning to the limitations of what we experienced back in March, when the pandemic-related restrictions were first issued.
John Hopkins Medicine has some recommendations (linked here) for us to fight this fatigue, linked here. We are providing a list of some of their recommendations.
- Make a commitment to doing the right thing for your health and that of those you care about. This means wearing a mask of at least 2 layers; don’t go out if you don’t need to but if you do go out of the house keep at least 6 feet away from others; and wash your hands frequently.
- Monitor reliable sources for the latest information about the coronavirus and be flexible as things changes and are updated.
- Keep supplies handy. Have at least one extra mask. Keep plenty of hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes available.
- If you don’t know a COVID-19 patient, read a story about someone who has gone through COVID-19. Make the struggle real and more personal. Here’s a link to some stories.
- Know that this will end. Vaccines are on the way. Science is learning more each day. Medical professionals are much more knowledgeable in providing effective treatments
In “Groundhog’s Day” Bill Murry’s character wins the beautiful girl and makes it to February 3rd. And our time-loop will also end. We will get through this. Hang in there. Continue practicing the 3 W’s.
Wash your hands.
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