Is it just me, or do any of my readers also feel that getting out of the house is a whole procedure? I try to limit my ventures out of my house, but I do go to the supermarket when necessary, even though my kids go shopping for me, and we do drive-bys to visit our kids.
Leaving the house means taking a mask, gloves, disinfecting cloths, as well as a phone, purse, jacket, and keys. Now that the weather is warmer and I don’t need a jacket, I ran out of the house on Friday, forgetting my mask and gloves. We were only going to see the kids, so we kept going, but if I needed to go shopping, I would have had to go back inside to get the paraphernalia.
It reminds me of when I had three children ages three years and under and I went out with them on a cold day. Get three kids into snow suits and invariably the oldest would have to go to the bathroom, so off with the snowsuit while the other kids got overheated. Finally getting out of the house for some fresh air and an outing, I was ready to go back inside, crash on the couch, and take a nap. I felt like I had put in a day’s work! That’s how I feel now when I have to remember to take everything.
Last Shabbos, we took a walk on the beautiful, sunny, warm day, and so many people were out. So many families and kids sitting and playing in front of their houses and not keeping distancing rules or wearing masks. Others were wearing masks, and some walked in the middle of the street so they wouldn’t walk too close to anyone else. But it was a mixed bag. Why are some people so relaxed about the rules while others won’t go anywhere even with masks and gloves?
I read some disturbing articles over Shabbos about patient neglect in the hospitals. While it is true that the hospitals were overwhelmed, it still is inexcusable to leave patients starving. Without a family member there to advocate for the patient or to help out with their care, many patients were left unattended for hours. Why did hospitals that were beyond capacity continue admitting patients instead of having them taken to other, less-crowded hospitals?
In the coming weeks we will see the effect of reopening our businesses and if there will be any spike in new cases of coronavirus. Let’s hope that everyone stays well, that a vaccine will be available soon, and that we can go back to normal, although probably a more cautious, life.
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