Well here we are, the entire world is in the midst of a pandemic. Pretty scary stuff! Everyone needs to evaluate what to do for themselves but the main thing we are hearing from experts is that if the virus is spreading in the community (meaning not just from returning travelers) that reducing your contact with others and stringent hand washing protocols are the way to go. Social distancing is key to reducing the spread of this awful virus.
There are currently two people identified with the virus in Jalisco, both returned travelers to Guadalajara. Community spread has not started – as far as we know – although there is little testing going on. Experts believe community spread will begin here towards the end of March. Public schools in Mexico will be closed from March 20 to April 20.
Since we are older and have a few health issues, here’s what we’re doing right now.
We are staying home as much as possible. We aren’t going to the gym or out to eat. When we need groceries we visit the store at off hours and wash thoroughly when we get home.
We are doing our best to keep our distance from others. We are not going to trivia, concerts or plays for the time being.
We bought extra of our regular medications so that we have enough for a month ahead. We have stocked up a bit at the store, but there’s no need to buy insane amounts of toilet paper here!
The main thing we’re doing right now is thinking through all the changes we’ll need to make as things get more restrictive. This is going to be a bit of a long haul so planning and putting ourselves in the right mental attitude is key. For me, that means thinking of all the things I have deferred doing or learning and taking advantage of this time as an opportunity. Thank goodness for the internet, right?
I hope that all of you reading this are well and stay well through the challenges ahead. Please take care and wash your hands!
The picture at the top? Henry keeping me company as I start a new knitting project.