Watching & Waiting & Wondering

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m watching and waiting and wondering about a lot of things so this is sort of a rambling set of thoughts.

When I was walking Misty one morning in the dark and listening to the birds I thought about those who aren’t taking this virus preparation as seriously.  It dawned on me that among those I know, that most of the ones taking COVID-19 less seriously are all Trumpers who most often also watch Fox TV News.  I encourage folks to watch a multiple number of network news stations in order to get the most balanced perspective.

I’m also hoping that some of the worst case scenarios don’t occur since a lot of folks in quarantine are going to discover that they didn’t stock enough food and toilet paper.  One only needs to follow the news stories coming out of Italy as well as a few cases in the U.S. where quarantined folks are posting their diaries online to learn how they are doing.  And there are also the isolation effects on their social lives, etc.  Lots are suffering from what we use to call “cabin fever”.

Homewood at Plum Creek is aggressive relative to trying to prevent the virus from getting into the health and personal care sections.  For the independent living residents it is more important that they educate themselves, self control their actions and social distancing, and I’m afraid that a few aren’t doing a good job of that, so it is likely that the virus could first show up there.  Homewood did start putting more up to date news on their website so that those of us who have the ability can read the news sheets rather than needing to go into the buildings to pick it up in their mail slot.  They also closed the dining rooms and instituted a practical delivery service with a shorter menu, but also with more complete daily coverage.  No one will go hungry, even if they didn’t stock up.

I also saw an article which indicates the virus can survive in the air for three hours and on surfaces for three days.  Stop and think about that.  What if you go to the grocery store, or anywhere, and some one, who didn’t yet know they are sick, sneezed three hours before you walked through the air, you could get the virus.  It is no wonder that it spreads so easily if the incubation period is 2 to 9 days and the virus survives in the air for three hours or on surfaces for three days.  Stay in and on campus are the smart things to do.

As for my photography, I’m wondering what to do.  Based on the above I probably will stop walking close to Homewood buildings and other areas more frequented by people.  That is going to make photography even more difficult.  We live on a campus with almost all of the residents being over 70 years old. (You can see what it is like from the Homewood website where I live.  PS, a lot of those pictures are mine.)  We are all in the highly vulnerable age range.  No we won’t all get ill, but if the rate of infection is in the range of 60-70%, and the rate of deaths of the infected is around 15% for those over 60 years of age, the odds are we will lose some residents if it gets on campus.  I don’t want it to happen based on my reckless disregard for the facts.  I always cough and sneeze occasionally and my nose runs continuously year-round, and even more with seasonal allergies so I am staying away from people.

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