Corona virus seems to have taken over our news stories, our conversations, our social media, our NBA, and our Saint Patrick’s Day parades so I figured I should keep up with the current trend and discuss it here. Although, I guess it’s less of a discussion and more of a monologue.
It has been confirmed in my home city, Rochester, NY, but as you know, we’re on the road. Right now we’re in Oklahoma. I have no idea if it’s officially here or not, but I don’t think it matters much anyway. We’ll play it safe and assume it’s always right around the corner.
I’m not concerned about the corona virus for myself and my children and I’ve assured them that there’s no reason to panic, however, it’s a great reminder to keep up with normal personal hygiene habits. We don’t want corona, but I also don’t want the flu, a cold, or any other communicable illnesses. What I’ve gone over with them are the following:
1- wash your hands regularly, making sure to get between fingers and under nails. Air dry or use paper towels, not air dryers.
2- keep your hands off of your face. Resist touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you wash your hands first.
3- don’t use public handrails or door handles when possible. If you need to touch a hand rail, say on stairs for balance for example, try using the side of your wrist instead of sliding your hand along it.
4- Wash your hands. That way when you inevitably DO touch something covered in yuck, you shed it as quickly as possible before it has a chance to cling to your throat.
5- give people their personal space. Don’t stand right at someone’s tail when waiting in lines or right in their faces when talking with people. This shouldn’t be too difficult for the most part but some places are more of a challenge like this Saturday when we go to a Six Flags Amusement Park.
6- eat well, get enough sleep, and stay hydrated. Those things help keep our immune systems in tip top shape.
7- wash your hands. Again. Did I mention that yet?
I hope you all stay safe out there and remain healthy. Panicking won’t solve anything, but go out and make smart choices and reduce your risk of contracting stuff like corona or the flu. I always say to my kids, and have been saying to them for over 11 years, safety first, but fun is a close second.
*pic- the Arkansas River from a pedestrian bridge linking North Little Rock, on the right, to Little Rock, on the left. Our RV park was on the left right at the end of the bridge.