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Working From Home, Toilet Paper And Other Things I Apparently Have to Worry About

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In this uncertain time I have seen a lot of crazy things. People are buying up all the toilet paper like Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket might be hidden inside one of the rolls. It’s even out of stock on Amazon.  On AMAZON! Here in Michigan K-12 schools are closed at least till the beginning of April and colleges have either shut down or converted what they can to an online curriculum.  On the plus side, for the first time ever, I can at least rest easy in the knowledge that people using the bathroom are washing their hands. It took a pandemic, but it finally happened.

I’ve also seen some upsetting and infuriating things. One author posted on a Writers and Authors Promotion Facebook group the following ‘Quarantine yourself with a good book!’. I was disgusted and immediately reported it. It’s what I did when I saw another post of a similar nature. And the next. By the fourth I realized that this was a trend that could not be quelled and I gave up, disheartened to know that there are people out there who would use a disaster to try and profit.

In other news, I will be working from home for the foreseeable future. What does that mean for me? Sitting on an uncomfortable chair at my dining room table and running a 25 ft ethernet cord from my set-up to the router. I suppose it could always be worse.

Finally, I want to first say that I am neither an expert on, nor an authority to reference best practices when it comes to the Corona Virus. That being said, please don’t hoard things that regular people need on a day to day basis. This is a respiratory condition, not explosive diarrhea. I couldn’t even buy apples when I went to Meijers for cat food. Please make sure you are washing your hands and taking all necessary precautions. Just because you aren’t afraid of dying from the disease, that doesn’t mean you can’t be a carrier. The greatest danger in this disease, aside from the fact that there is no vaccine, is its contagious nature. You could easily pass it on to someone with an invisible illness. Or to an elderly person. These are the types of people who are in the most danger.

I urge everyone out there to be safe and stay calm. Panic doesn’t help anything, but effective and proportionate precautions can do wonders to help the overall situation.

Bye for now!

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