I believe we are just at the tip of seeing our way of life change change quite drastically for an extended period of time while we wait to see the extent of the Covid-19 virus.
Living in the midst of an urban area, quite likely we are at the leading edge of this change.
Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, schools have been closed for anywhere between 2 and 6 weeks. Public gatherings of larger than 50 people are banned; gatherings of 10 or more discouraged for older adults or those medically compromised. The public libraries are now closed. Some restaurants have closed, while others have removed tables to spread remaining tables further apart.
"Social distancing" (a term which I hadn't heard about until a few days ago) has become the norm. As these pictures I took yesterday at Ocean Beach in San Francisco just below the Cliff House show, it's not difficult to find ones own space.
I believe our local real estate market will soon be changing, but I'll address that in another post.
Even with all the uncertainty and change, and the need for "social distancing" we don't need to become isolated.
- I'll be setting up Zoom conferences rather than coffee and lunch dates with clients and service providers.
- I will send more hand-written notes and cards.
- I can telephone friends and others.
- When I do go out to dinner, generous tipping is in order.
- Buying gift cards to support our local stores and services can help them weather their drastic loss of business, and be used in the future.
- Shopping at off hours works. Yesterday I went to the post office during the rainy morning; 3 people were there and we instinctively left space between us.
- This is a good time to patronize local grocers and smaller stores. While throngs of people head to Safeway, Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, our smaller groceries have better stocked shelves and are far less crowded.
- For now, my husband's water aerobic classes at the YMCA continue--chlorine is felt to be an effective disinfectant, and the practice of a 3-foot minimum separation between people is followed.
Healthy eating, meditation, proper sleep and rest, and exercise all help strengthen our immune systems, so we're continuing our habits, just without the groups for now. It's time to make thoughtful choices--and that doesn't include hoarding.