Or at least it would be wise to act as if you are.
Let me be clear about something: we do not need to wait for the local, state or federal governments to tell us to stay inside and use precautions. We can take personal responsibility by behaving as if we are positive and will infect others if we are careless.
Use all the precautions that we are asked to use. To me social distancing is at the top of the list. We cannot spread, not can we catch the virus if we are not around others, or around places that others frequent.
The graphic gives some good practical guidance around social distancing.
Right behind social distancing is the paramount practice of hand washing. Partnering with hand washing is the need to keep our environments clean and sanitized.
If you want advice from the experts on cleaning your home, check out this information page from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Finally, I would encourage us to me utilize what Brene Brown (see graphic) refers to as community thinking. The most glaring example of this is demonstrated when people begin to hoard items like toilet paper, sanitizer and other supplies.
When people hoard, they are preventing others from having access to something that is necessary to their own well-being. Everyone needs some toilet paper, some sanitizer, some cleaning supplies, some bread, milk and water.
NOBODY NEEDS A SIX MONTH SUPPLY!
I wrote about this in a previous post. I find it disappointing that store have to impose limits on customers because the customers are freaking out and not thinking about others.
Even so, these are weird, confusing and a little bit scary times. One of our basic instincts is fight or flight so it is not surprising this is happening. I believe if we can stay calm, use ALL of our brain, including the frontal cortex, we can get through this.
We will need patience, understanding, compassion, and common sense.
Let’s replace “I, MY, THEM” thinking with “WE, OUR, US” thinking.
To see my other Coronavirus-related posts, click below.
WE HAVE GONE CORONAL
THIS IS WAR
MY ENCOUNTER WITH THE CORONAVIRUS
A BEAUTIFUL EVENING AT UTAH LAKE
A SUNDAY MORNING ESCAPE
FLYING VIDEO TAKE OFF
YOU CAN’T TOUCH THIS – IT’S QUARAN-TIME
WHEN THE STREETS HAVE NO FAME