Changes in our Lives? What we are experiencing this week is an exaggerated distortion of the lives we’ve known up until now. As well, it is happening so fast that our minds hardly have time to process each new permutation and response, before another is being announced. It is quite obvious that all the “fearless leaders” of the world have little idea what they’re doing.
A week ago tonight, the virus was a concern, but I had a good supply of alcohol gel, chlorine wipes, disposable gloves, a mask and so on. However, by Wednesday I knew I had to cancel my trip to Vancouver. On Friday I paid my housekeeper 2 weeks’ wages, and told her not to come until we see what the situation is like towards the end of the month.
At our college on Friday, the students went home, excited to have a 3-day weekend. “See you Tuesday!” we said. Today, the local government decreed that all schools will stay closed until at least April 21st. That’s five weeks from now; we had no opportunity to set up on-line seminars and work groups. Thank goodness we had finished with our semester exam period.
One of the biggest hurdles in the authorities’ effort to halt the spread of the Corona virus is the public transportation system. Any readers who have taken a ride in one of the city buses or Combis, know passengers are so cramped, that one infected person could pass the virus to everyone riding with him or her. Also Mexicans are physical; they can’t help kissing, hugging and touching each other; as my husband says, “We do so without even thinking,” Restaurants are another risky environment, but many jobs will be lost if the city starts closing them down. So many difficult descisions.
If the virus really catches hold in Mexico, the medical authorities will soon be overwhelmed. Jorge and I are in the highest risk percentage of the population so we are going to take EXTREME precautions. For all intents and purposes, we are self-isolating and I believe this makes good sense. We’ll take a few forays out into the world… our morning walk, some shopping at our local market for what we run out of, and probably we’ll enjoy the odd meal shared at home with friends and family who are also exercising a high level of prudence.
The COVID-19 makes me feel vulnerable, yet I’m determined to face what I have to in order to stay safe. I read an article with a quote from a young woman who attended Saturday night’s Guns n’ Roses concert in Mexico City: Sure I am careful but I need to have some fun.
Our society is so focussed on fun and instant gratification, and the next few weeks will not involve much of those two stimuli. But perhaps it will awaken some sense of solidarity, a virtue we seem to have forgotten about.
For me, the self-imposed isolation won’t be that difficult. I have a comfortable home and lots to keep me busy. Who knows; when I emerge back out to my “regular life”, I may have a good part of my new book written, or a couple of completed paintings? At a bare minimum I will have reorganised my closets and storage spaces.
Onward and Upward… of course.