Let me star by saying I am soooo over hearing about the Corona virus and the hysteria it has caused. People are NOT staying calm. People have lost their damn minds.
My day job I work in the medical field. It’s boring after 24 years but I’m good at it and it pays well. Through the media, everyone is an expert on how I should clean my equipment. I clean everything between patients just as I have for the last 24 years. I’m also a bit of a germaphobe. Until recently, my co workers have teased me about when patients touch my ungloved hand and I touch nothing with that hand until I can wash it. Needless to say I have grown very weary of people and their crazy requests…seriously crazy. Like insisting that my ultrasound exam chair that weighs at least 300 lbs should be packaged and sterilized like operating room instruments between patients. Um 1. This is not an operating room 2. The chairs and tables in the operating room are not packaged and sterilized either. She was insane and yelling at me and insisted on talking to my supervisor because I have no idea what I’m doing. Yeah, not a problem. I’ll walk you over to her office as long as I don’t have to stay here listening to you.
Then there are the hand sanitizer people. Bathing every inch of exposed skin in the hand sanitizer in the hall outside my office. Hands, arms, necks, faces, legs… if it’s exposed it’s getting sanitizer! I had a patient clean her paperback book with hand sanitizer…even the pages. But by far the worst is every single person takes off their masks as soon as they get in the exam room with me. Why? Sick or not they take off the mask the well ones complain about cleaning everything. The sick ones cough in my face. Yes, you heard me right. These are not kids. These are adults. Adults that knew enough to wear a mask to protect everyone else that then take off the mask and cough in my face with no effort to cover it at all. With the outbreak this has become a problem to the point there was a meeting Thursday afternoon to figure out how to deal with this since we are just starting to see this virus.
People are loosing their minds. We are more prepared than most at our home. Our older son has a cardiac problem so we have “go bags” for every member of the family and supplies on hand to last a month 24-7-365. If he has a medical problem we could be quarantined at any moment. We have been quarantined for weeks and months at a time several times. We have a stock of Lysol wipes and hand sanitizer on hand always. Most families with medically complex children I know are always prepared like this. We are calm. We can wait it out. What worries me is the panic outside our door. I worry about refilling supplies a few months from now. I worry about the economy and what this panic is going to do there.
Stay calm. This is just starting and we are probably looking at at least a year of of this. I for one can’t wait until shelves are again stocked and people stop acting crazy.