Friday the 13th. Friday the 13th and our entire world seems to be falling apart at the seems. People are panicking. Schools are closed. Professional sports are cancelled. Toilet paper is no where to be found. In the blink of an eye, everything has changed.
For those of you who don’t know, I’m a physician assistant in the intensive care unit. At work, I am completely surrounded by talks of the corona virus.. we have emergency back up plans, we’re limiting visitors to 1 per patient, hand sanitizer and face masks are disappearing, hospital entrances are being patrolled.
This virus spreads quickly but does little harm to most people that are infected. Our country has had relatively few deaths and eventually it will be contained and the cases will drop. Being in a hospital all the time puts me at high risk yet I am not worried.. and you shouldn’t be either. Wash your hands, avoid large crowds (especially if you are elderly or immunocompromised) but continue to live your life.
Despite what I say, or other medical providers say, or the news says.. I understand many of us are still scared. I’m not going to lie, when I walked into Wegmans today to find a completely empty meat section, my stomach dropped a little.
The fear of the unknown is very real and constant updates to our phones from the news and social media is quite daunting and overwhelming. Know the facts and be informed, but please don’t let this completely consume you.
Give the news a break. Put down your phone. Avoid Facebook and Instagram and Twitter. Instead, try curling up with a cozy blanket and a book, turn on your favorite song, go for a walk in the woods, play a game with your family, pick up a paint brush or sketch book or guitar or whatever gives you peace.
It’s impossible to escape the madness completely but do not let this virus get the best of you, your family or your community. We cannot run away from our problems but we can always make time.. even a few minutes.. for what brings us joy. Do this. Please.