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Virus Journal Entry- March 20th, 2020

Virus Journal Entry- March 20th, 2020

Writing Prompt 2: Describe a typical day before the pandemic began affecting Americans versus how it affects you today. Compare and contrast your schedule. What was better before and what is better now?

This world is hardly recognizable.

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All Events, Clubs, & Activities Are Canceled

Before the Pandemic began we were really busy. Our recent schedule (all events that have since been canceled) included a tour of a local campus, set up for dual enrollment classes for T’s Junior year, he also had a meeting with the Teen Advisory Board regarding a De-Stress Week they had been planning and had earned a grant for, he was supposed to start a new soccer season, had guitar lessons, and an orthodontist appointment. We also had plans for a BBQ to celebrate our parents’ 35th wedding anniversary.  We also could not attend church but we did watch it streamed live.

As for my schedule, I am on the Volunteer Board with Habitat for Humanity and we have been working really hard to plan our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner as well as organize our 2020 Women’s Build, both events scheduled for the first week of April. Also, my niece and I had planned a tour of historic houses in the area that I was going to do a blog post on. All of this has also been canceled as well.

 

Bridge on the trail to Laurel Fork Falls

(T and I hiking Laurel Falls a few weeks ago)

 

Homeschool Is Normally A Very Social Experience 

It’s strange when you are so used to rushing around and never having time to stop and think to suddenly find the world grinding to a halt like this. We still are doing our homeschool lessons but we are not actually doing homeschool. Homeschool is (despite popular opinion) a very social endeavor. We are constantly out attending classes, serving our community, and involved in hiking and sports opportunities. T is part of many different groups and we do volunteer opportunities at least twice a month. We frequent the library, local museums, and attractions, and we visit state parks for events and hiking opportunities. We are always on the go. We study in our classroom for only about five hours of our day. The rest of our homeschool day happens out in the world.

Homeschoolers Are Social

Parks Are Still Open 

Birthday Hike On Roan Mountain from Carver's Gap

(T and I hiking Roan Mountain )

All of these changes are disruptive and very surreal. Yesterday, we decided we had to have a hike and parks are still being deemed safe as long as you practice social distancing, so we decided to just go to a local state park and get our dose of nature. Normally, on a Thursday early afternoon, this place would be all ours. We may encounter a few walkers and a dog or two but most of the time early on weekdays these places are mostly abandoned. We love that about our homeschool life. Yesterday, the parking lot was full and people who were milling around in groups. It looked as though a festival was happening. We could not believe it. T decided we should just come home and explore the woods behind our house. So we did. We hunted for mushrooms to identify and then we made a campfire and hung out long past dark.

Homeschool Art Class

What Is Better and What Is Worse

I really miss being out in the world. I was perhaps too busy but it was a lot of fun. And we were learning so much and making a difference and doing our part. Now that it seems the world needs us the most, we are at home and that’s hard.

The best part of this situation is that we have slowed down. I spent almost two hours yesterday sketching and I was uninterrupted. More art time is very welcome especially because it always calms me. I honestly can’t remember the last time that I had extra time. It is an unexpected treasure of sorts.  And also that time out at the fire pit yesterday, it was awesome too. We just relaxed and hung out and it was peaceful. It seems as though the days have lengthened. And that is definitely a welcome change in our hectic lives.

I am Thankful For…

I am thankful that we are hearing about some antimalarial medicines that may be helping treat the coronavirus as well as possibly prevent it. Also, there is some cautious talk of success using blood transfusions from those that have recovered from the virus. Apparently, the recovered have developed antibodies that can teach the body how to fight the virus and people are recovering faster. It sounds as though our prayers are being answered.

 

What are the prospects of a treatment for coronavirus?

Chloroquine is a cheap, widely available drug that has been routinely used since 1945 against malaria and other conditions and can be safely taken by pregnant women and children. Lab studies found the antiviral drug was effective against the coronavirus, at least in a petri dish, and results from a small French study in 24 patients, announced this week, suggested that it could quicken recovery.

Top Headlines Today:

California Issues Shelter In Place Order 

Governor of California announces a statewide shelter in place

In a press conference, Governor of California Gavin Newsom ordered “all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence” to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus disease. Earlier this week, Mayor London Breed issued a shelter in place for six…

Taxes Deferred from April 15 to July 15

Deadline for tax payments deferred 90 days for millions of taxpayers

In a further move to relieve financial stress on average Americans, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday that individual taxpayers can get an extension on paying taxes of up to $1 million and corporations can defer tax payments of up to $10 million.

New York State Has 40% of Coronavirus Cases

New York State has 40 percent of US coronavirus cases

New York state now accounts for 40 percent of coronavirus cases in the U.S, with New York City itself responsible for approximately 30 percent. On Friday morning, Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City’s number of cases had climbed to about 4,000, and 26 people have died from the virus.


Retired Nurses and Doctors Called Back In – 

Coronavirus: U.K. calls on 65,000 retired nurses and doctors to return to work

Britain has asked 65,000 former nurses and doctors to return to work and will deploy final-year medical students to fight the coronavirus health crisis, the health ministry said. As the coronavirus outbreak sweeps across the world, governments, companies and investors are grappling with the biggest public health crisis since the 1918 influenza pandemic, panicked populations and imploding financial markets.

The Number of Infected before noon on March 20th, 2020

Coronavirus Cases: 256,802

Deaths: 10,501

Recovered: 89,920

Serious or Critical Condition: 7,467

USA: 14,549      +760 Cases in last 24 hours     218 Deaths     125 Recovered

 

Pray without ceasing my friends,

Gwen

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I hope you and yours are doing well through these strange times. Hope to have you back soon!

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