Today is day 1 of no school for the next 2 weeks issued by the Los Angeles Unified School District, LAUSD. Waking up this past Friday to a voicemail stating that all schools will be closed to fight the spread of the Coronavirus sounded surreal. I couldn’t believe what I was listening to. Before dropping off Zelda to school, realization hit when her teacher send us a message confirming it was true.
I’ve been keeping up with the news of the Coronavirus before it broke out from Wuhan. Was I expecting it to reach here in the states? Of course not. But it’s here now. And though I think the United States has been slow on taking action, states have taken steps to protect the public. Just last night the mayor of Los Angeles issued for all restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and social establishments to close their doors for 2 weeks to help prevent the spread of the virus. I’m hoping many people choose to stay indoors and not go out unless they really have to. Even though one might not show￼ symptoms, they can still get others sick. The next 2 weeks are crucial. If the number of cases continue to rise, I think the next action the city will take is a lockdown like Italy and Spain are currently in.
As a mother of two, I’m always stocked up on the essentials like cleaning products, diapers, wipes, toilet paper, etc. I’m constantly cleaning after my kids and the messes they make so cleaning products are always in handy here in my home. It is alarming that disinfecting products are sold out everywhere. One bottle can last a while and it sucks that people are buying bundles. You don’t need that much especially if they follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,CDC, and just stay home if there is no need to go out.
That being said, when I make a grocery run, it’s because I have to. We’re humans and we need food to survive. My kids need food to survive. I only like going once a month and I stock up for a month. Lately though because of the long lines and craziness in the food stores, I haven’t gone and I don’t want to put my kids thru that. I’ve been using apps like Shipt to get groceries delivered to my home but there are certain items I can’t order. Luckily my mom came thru this weekend and I’m super grateful she got things we were missing. She waited in line at Sams Club for hours. It was worrisome because a regular grocery run became a scavenger hunt just to find basic goods. My mom even got diapers for Link which I had no idea they’re sold out on most places. I’m so thankful for my mom because I don’t have to worry about groceries for the next 4 weeks.
We’ll be doing our part on staying home and I’m hoping many do the same. Please be safe, don’t go out unless you have to, practice good hygiene, and stay calm. This will pass.
Ps. Please be kind to retail workers. They are working long hours, under immense pressure and stress and it’s not their fault for shortage on items. They’re humans too and they are more at risk of getting sick dealing with many people. I say this because I have a friend that’s been working nonstop at a high chain store and people have become so rude and nasty. Please be kind to one another. Peace and Love