Story #4,786,694 About How to Deadly Pandemic Has Impacted Our Lives

Pandemic

Just like you, I am a regular person trying to comprehend the chaos of this whole CoronaVirus
pandemic. It is scary.

And this is future Sarah, reacting to this entry I wrote at the start of this pandemic in the U.S. Enjoy my commentary throughout this blog. 

It’s sensationally indescribable to witness “textbook history” unfold in real life. This will be time
stamped in history; to be recalled and referred to by future generations to come. I haven’t had to
endure the hardships of life during a war; abroad or on the home front, massive civil reform or
any other severe health pandemic before. I was just a child during the terrorist attacks on the
World Trade Center on September 11, and during the recession of 2008. Fortunately, many of
us haven’t experienced such paralyzing chaos before. This pandemic will permanently affect the
way we engage and interact moving forward.

While the virus was in its early stages of contamination in the U.S., I was in Jamaica for a
wedding. I watched from what felt like the outside, as the narrations intensified within the United
States. There was consistent coverage of the virus on every news and media outlet in the
country, just like in the United States.

Man, I should have stayed in Jamaica. 

 I was watching from Jamaica as the President declared a national state of emergency in the

U.S. I, too, was updated on the increasing number of cases in North America, Europe and even
the Caribbean. I witnessed precautionary regulations being instituted in Jamaica as I packed up
my belongings to depart home.

Girl, stay there. Look at how much fun you had.

It did feel like Jamaica, in part, was taking partial direction from the United States. Once the U.S.
standardized its preventative social distancing measures, Jamaica re-evaluated its own
circumstance and reacted accordingly. This reminded me of how powerful the United States can
be. We are considered one of the wealthiest and most powerful nations on the planet, and the
way we respond to a crisis speaks volumes to the progress we can make in the future. I wish we
had better received the warnings from Italy weeks ago.

YOU HAD NO IDEA HOW POORLY THE U.S. WOULD REACT TO THE PANDEMIC. So young, so innocent, so naive. 

I then began comparing the preparation tactics of Jamaica to the United States. My boyfriend and his family live in Jamaica. What would COVID-19 look like in Jamaica? Does Jamaica have the resources to control and treat this pandemic? Would I feel safer in Jamaica than the United States? I guess there really isn’t a right answer. 

When it came time to return back to Massachusetts, I meticulously sanitized my airplane seat upon boarding and limited my contact with everyone. I was randomly searched upon my touchdown to the States. I wandered through the eerily empty airport during my connection, internally questioning the health of those passengers traveling with me. I usually love airports. I love the energy, and the course of travel. For the first time as a solo traveler, I was uneasy. 

We can be as preventative as possible, and trust the medical professionals to do everything they can to cure this illness. In the end, we are all only human. Yes, China made a huge blunder in undermining the severity of the virus in the first place. Italy, Iran, the U.S., and lots of other countries may not have taken action quick enough. 

We have man-made social constructs that the virus does not care about. It doesn’t care about our social events, socioeconomic status, age or pre-existing health concerns. As long as this virus forces us to self quarantine, many will fall victim to economic and industry collapses. I work within the tourism industry. The tourism industry, like several others, is very sensitive to all recent advisories. While I do not dispute their legitimacy and necessity, I, of course, worry.

I worry about being laid off. I assume there are greater concerns to being laid off at a more mature age, especially with a family and heftier expenses, but it’s still stressful to consider. I worry about businesses, big and small, requesting loans and stipends from the government just to stay afloat. 

Hahahahahahaha, yes, you will be laid off. Boy, will you be laid off. 

I worry about those misinformed few, or inconsiderate jerks who may choose to ignore all precautions, and threaten the health and safety of their community. I worry about the rising number of cases and deaths as many states approach their peaks. It’s giving me just as much anxiety as the thought of my mother and father getting sick. 

Did anyone else have to educate their immigrant parents on basic sanitary practices? No? Just me?

We cannot forget the lives the virus has already claimed. They aren’t just a number. They are innocent siblings, parents, grandparents, neighbors, colleagues and friends. I remember watching a video of an Italian man sobbing over the loss of his sister, and the failure of the Italian government to respond to his pleas. I can’t imagine experiencing such agony. 

I then begin to consider the ultimate, worse case scenarios.

Go ahead and worry. 

What if we all end up on lockdown like Italy? What if this lasts for a year, or longer? What assistance would the government provide us? What if we allow politics to dominate science and we loosen our social distancing protocol too soon? 

Will small businesses survive the next few months? Will we approach a recession by the end of the year? Will the current unemployment find work immediately following this pandemic? What if those citizens in developing countries struggle to maintain the spread because their medical facilities are not as well equipped to deal? 

I try to ease my thoughts, reminding myself that literally everyone else is in the same boat. If we proceed appropriately through the advisory of the scientific and medical community, maybe this can end in a few months. Surely, I am not the only person who browses through hours of Instagram memes and videos to boost my spirits and ease my anxiety. 

I want to believe I am getting overly worked up for nothing. 

Trust me, you aren’t getting worked up for nothing. We have how many cases now in the U.S.?

I want to have faith in humanity. 

Right…. 

I want to believe that in a few months, we will reflect on these times and express gratitude for our recovery. I just hope everyone else is as appreciative of all of the work the first responders, essential personnel and medical community is, and will do for us. 

I hope we do not make the same mistakes again.

Oh, we will. I believe our president only now acknowledged the importance of face masks… Okay. 

 

For now, we must take immediate action with all requests made by the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control. 

Wash your hands and sanitize common spaces. It’s recommended that you wash your hands as frequently as possible, scrubbing for 20 seconds before rinsing. 

Don’t leave your safe space unless it is absolutely necessary. Social distancing will flatten the curve, combating the rising number of younger, healthier people from infecting the older population with potential pre-existing health conditions. 

Wear some sort of face mask should you need to leave your house for any reason. This is a great opportunity to support smaller businesses that are supporting their community through the production of face cloths! While they are in high demand right now, you can improvise with a scarf, or bandana and two elastic bands or shoe laces. 

Take your vitamins, fuel yourself with nourishing foods and stay hydrated. I personally love Liquid IV to spice up a regular glass of water, and triple my hydration in the process. 

Move your body and remain active. Complete a whole workout routine in your living room or go for a light walk. Exercise is ideal for keeping you fit and relieving stress! 

We must support small, local businesses where we can. When deciding to order take out, or purchase some household essentials and groceries, opt for a smaller, local retailer. 

Do not cancel your trips. Postpone for later on in the year or the next. Support tourism! Most companies and vendors will happily postpone without an additional charge given the current state of things. 

Physically distance yourself from others, but stay in touch with your family and friends. Motivate each other to maintain your mental health. I have been reconnecting with friends of mine who live abroad through video calls as often as possible. I also have virtual dates with my boyfriend once a week. We prepare our own food and chat while we enjoy our dinner! 

However humble, find ways to better yourself. Read some more books, download apps to exercise your brain or take some free online courses. I order discounted books from ThriftBooks.com. You can enroll in hundreds of free courses from several accredited universities, such as Coursera.com. I often challenge my friends to online versions of my favorite games, such as Scrabble and Monopoly. 

Treat yourself. Pamper yourself with an at-home spa night. Impact Everything has quite a few bath and body products to experiment with, as well as candles to set the mood. Prepare an elaborate brunch or dinner for yourself. You can take an aesthetically pleasing Instagram photo with some bamboo utensils and metal straws, too! 

Journal your experience. Practice makes perfect, and now is the best opportunity to strengthen your writing skills. Aside from that, releasing your thoughts on paper can be extremely therapeutic. Devoting some time to yourself in this way can quiet the noise so you can work through some subconscious anxieties, or focus on the topic at hand. We are living through an interesting part of history, and your written entries may also be important time capsules for others. The best part is that no one else can read your journals if you don’t want them to! It’s up to you. 

Present-day Sarah here. It feels otherworldly to reread this entry considering the chaos that has ensued the past few months. This was written with the intention of being posted around March, but it feels more appropriate to reevaluate and share now. We were all experiencing bits of anxiety at the start of this quarantine because we were so uncertain. We still are.

If any of this resonated with you, I hope this assured you that you are not alone. 

I just hope this will all end soon. I wish you all the best of luck. Thank you everyone for your vigilance. 

We can do this.

Like this article? Share it on:

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on google
Google+
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on pinterest
Pinterest

This Post Has 113 Comments

    1. Sarah H

      I appreciate you commenting! Thank you.

  1. Hi i am kavin, its my first time to commenting anywhere, when i read this post i thought i could
    also make comment due to this sensible article.

    1. Sarah H

      Hello! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  2. wonderful issues altogether, you just gained
    a logo new reader. What may you recommend about your post that you
    just made some days ago? Any certain?

    1. Sarah H

      Thanks for reading and commenting! Check in every week for a new blog. I’m pretty proud of my Reasons to Vote post if you’d like to give that a read!

  3. 우리카지노

    Greetings! Very useful advice within this post! It is the little changes that will make the
    greatest changes. Many thanks for sharing!우리카지노

    1. Claire Lin

      Thanks so much!

  4. camo phone case

    Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed surfing around your blog posts.
    After all I’ll be subscribing to your rss feed
    and I hope you write again very soon!

    1. Sarah H

      thank you 🙂

  5. Magnificent site. A lot of helpful information here. I’m sending it to a few pals ans additionally sharing in delicious.
    And of course, thanks to your effort!

    Also visit my web blog: biden we just did 46

    1. Sarah H

      Thanks for reading!

  6. joe biden 46 hat

    Great site. A lot of helpful info here. I’m sending it to some friends ans additionally sharing in delicious.
    And certainly, thank you in your sweat!

    1. Sarah H

      Yes, please share. Thank you.

    1. Sarah H

      Perhaps…. Stay tuned!

  7. Hi there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it’s new to
    me. Nonetheless, I’m definitely delighted I found it and
    I’ll be book-marking and checking back frequently!

    1. Sarah H

      Thanks so much for reading! Stay safe, and check back soon!

    1. Sarah H

      Thanks for reading 🙂

    1. Sarah H

      Thank you! Have an awesome day. Stay safe x

  8. Thank you, I have recently been searching for info about this
    subject for a while and yours is the best I have came upon so far.
    However, what concerning the bottom line? Are you sure in regards to the supply?

    1. Sarah H

      Thank you for reaching out. Stay safe x

  9. Irma

    Quality articles is the crucial to be a focus for the people to
    go to see the web page, that’s what this web site is providing.

    1. Sarah H

      Thank you so much!

  10. Sylvia

    You’re so cool! I do not think I’ve truly read through something like that before.
    So good to find another person with some unique thoughts on this topic.
    Really.. thank you for starting this up. This website
    is something that is required on the web, someone with a little originality!

    1. Sarah H

      Thank you for commenting. Have an awesome day!

  11. Arleen

    Very shortly this web page will be famous amid all blogging and site-building users,
    due to it’s nice articles

    1. Sarah H

      Thank you so much!

  12. frolep rotrem

    I have been browsing online greater than 3 hours as of late, yet I by no means found any interesting article like yours. It¦s beautiful value enough for me. In my opinion, if all site owners and bloggers made good content material as you probably did, the internet can be much more useful than ever before.

    1. Sarah H

      Thanks for reading!

  13. Hello, the whole thing is going fine here and ofcourse every one is sharing information, that’s actually excellent,
    keep up writing.

    1. Sarah H

      Thanks 🙂

  14. Stephen

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I truly appreciate your efforts and I am waiting for your next post thanks once again.

    1. Sarah H

      Thank you!

  15. Donnie

    Hello to every one, it’s really a fastidious for me to pay a visit this web site, it consists of
    helpful Information.

    1. Sarah H

      Thank you for commenting. Have an awesome day!

  16. sleepdream co

    Howdy just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The text in your post seem to be running off the
    screen in Firefox. I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with internet browser compatibility but I thought I’d post to let you know.

    The layout look great though! Hope you get the issue solved
    soon. Kudos

  17. Anitra

    My spouse and I stumbled over here from a different website and thought I should check things out.

    I like what I see so i am just following you. Look forward to finding out about your web page repeatedly.

    1. Sarah H

      Thank you for commenting. Have an awesome day!

  18. Have you ever considered about adding a little bit more than just your articles?
    I mean, what you say is valuable and all. However imagine if you added some great photos or video clips to give your posts more, “pop”!
    Your content is excellent but with pics and video clips, this site could undeniably be one of the greatest in its niche.

    Excellent blog!

    1. Sarah H

      We are more than a blog! We are a social enterprise. We sell sustainable, homemade items and most of our funds help build schools. Check it out!

  19. Felicitas

    whoah this weblog is magnificent i like studying your posts.
    Keep up the good work! You understand, lots of individuals are looking round for
    this information, you can aid them greatly.

    1. Sarah H

      Aaaw, thanks so much for reading! Stay safe, and check back soon!

  20. Benedict

    I’ve been surfing online greater than three hours nowadays, but
    I by no means discovered any attention-grabbing article like yours.
    It is pretty price enough for me. Personally, if all website owners and bloggers made just
    right content material as you did, the net can be much more
    helpful than ever before.

    1. Sarah H

      Thank you!

  21. Gavin

    Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point.

    You clearly know what youre talking about, why throw away your intelligence on just posting videos to your blog when you
    could be giving us something informative to read?

  22. Jannie

    Interesting blog! Is your theme custom made
    or did you download it from somewhere? A design like yours with a few simple adjustements would
    really make my blog shine. Please let me know
    where you got your design. Kudos

    1. Sarah H

      Subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media!

  23. cheap flights

    Hello friends, fastidious piece of writing and pleasant urging commented here, I am truly
    enjoying by these.

    1. Sarah H

      Aaaw! Thank you!

  24. Jacquie

    It’s an amazing post designed for all the online viewers; they will get benefit from
    it I am sure.

  25. Becky

    Your mode of telling all in this piece of writing is really pleasant, every one be able to without difficulty be aware of
    it, Thanks a lot.

  26. Chauncey

    Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this board and I find
    It truly useful & it helped me out much. I hope to give something back and help others like you helped me.

    1. Sarah H

      Thank you!

  27. Shantell

    If some one desires to be updated with most recent technologies therefore he must be pay a
    visit this web site and be up to date every day.

    1. Sarah H

      Thank you!

  28. I am not sure where you are getting your info, but
    great topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more.
    Thanks for magnificent info I was looking for this info for
    my mission.

    1. Sarah H

      Thank you!

  29. Please let me know if you’re looking for a article author for your weblog.
    You have some really great posts and I think I would be a good asset.
    If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d absolutely
    love to write some content for your blog in exchange for a link back
    to mine. Please shoot me an email if interested.
    Many thanks!

  30. froleprotrem

    Fantastic website. A lot of useful information here. I am sending it to a few pals ans also sharing in delicious. And naturally, thanks in your effort!

    1. Sarah H

      Thank you!

  31. I would like to thank you for the efforts you’ve put in penning this
    site. I really hope to see the same high-grade blog posts from you later on as well.

    In fact, your creative writing abilities has
    inspired me to get my own blog now 😉

    1. Sarah H

      Yes, go for it!

    1. Sarah H

      Thanks!

    1. Sarah H

      Thanks!

    1. Sarah H

      Thanks!

  32. I’ve been browsing online more than three hours today, yet I never found any
    interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me.
    In my view, if all website owners and bloggers made good content as
    you did, the web will be a lot more useful than ever before.

    1. Sarah H

      Thanks!

  33. 우리카지노

    It’s appropriate time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy.
    I’ve read this post and if I could I desire to suggest you few interesting things or
    suggestions. Maybe you can write next articles referring to
    this article. I want to read more things about it!

    1. Sarah H

      Thanks for reading 🙂

  34. 안마

    Heya just wanted to giive you a quick heads up and let
    you know a few of thhe images aren’t loading properly.
    I’m not sre why but I think its a linkinng issue.
    I’ve tried it in two different web browsers and both show the same outcome.

    1. Sarah H

      Okay, thanks for letting us know!

  35. dojin

    Great delivery. Sound arguments. Keep up the great spirit.

    1. Sarah H

      Thank you!

  36. SM카지노

    Hi there! This post couldn’t be written any better!

    Reading through this post reminds me of my previous room mate!
    He always kept talking about this. I will forward this
    post to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Sarah H

      Thank you!

  37. 88 카지노

    I’m extremely impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your blog.
    Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself?

    Anyway keep up the excellent quality writing, it is rare to see a
    nice blog like this one nowadays.

    1. Sarah H

      Aaaw, thank you so much!

  38. 원엑스벳

    This is my first time visit at here and i am truly impressed to read all at
    alone place.

  39. tv repair company

    I don’t even know the way I ended up here, however I thought
    this put up was once good. I don’t recognize who you’re however certainly you’re going
    to a famous blogger if you happen to are not already.

    Cheers!

  40. I’ve learn some just right stuff here. Definitely value bookmarking for revisiting.
    I wonder how so much effort you set to create this
    sort of excellent informative website.

  41. 솔카지노

    Aw, this was an extremely nice post. Taking the time and actual effort to create a superb article… but what can I
    say… I procrastinate a lot and don’t seem to get nearly anything done.

  42. Vape Shop

    I have to thank you for the efforts you’ve put in writing this
    website. I am hoping to view the same high-grade
    blog posts from you in the future as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities
    has motivated me to get my very own site now 😉

  43. 코인카지노

    I every time spent my half an hour to read this website’s articles or reviews all the time along with a
    cup of coffee.

  44. Madonna

    I was able to find good information from your articles.

  45. Stephen

    My spouse and I stumbled over here by a different web address and
    thought I should check things out. I like what I see so now i am following you.
    Look forward to going over your web page for a second time.

  46. Dwayne

    What i do not realize is in truth how you are not actually
    much more neatly-favored than you might be now. You are very intelligent.
    You understand thus significantly on the subject of this matter, made me in my view believe it from so many varied angles.
    Its like women and men aren’t interested except it is something to accomplish with Girl gaga!
    Your own stuffs great. Always maintain it up!

    1. Sarah H

      Girl power 🙂

  47. 원엑스벳

    Appreciating the time and energy you put into your site and detailed information you provide.
    It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while that
    isn’t the same old rehashed material. Great read!

    I’ve saved your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google
    account.

    1. Sarah H

      THANKS!!!

  48. I was recommended this web site by means of my cousin. I’m now
    not sure whether or not this put up is written by means of him as nobody else realize such special approximately my difficulty.

    You’re amazing! Thanks!

  49. Poker online

    I seriously love your blog.. Great colors & theme. Did you develop this amazing site yourself?
    Please reply back as I’m trying to create my very own website and would love to find out where you got this from or what the theme is named.
    Cheers!

  50. Janessa

    Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on blogs I
    stumbleupon everyday. It will always be exciting to read
    through articles from other authors and use something from their sites.

    1. Sarah H

      Thanks for reading 🙂

  51. 169.59.9.108

    Great post and straight to the point. I don’t know if
    this is really the best place to ask but do you guys have
    any thoughts on where to get some professional writers?

    Thank you 🙂

    1. Sarah H

      We aren’t sure! We utilize our own team, and welcome guest authors.

  52. I go to see day-to-day a few web sites and blogs to read posts, except this webpage provides feature based writing.

    1. Sarah H

      Thank you!

    1. Sarah H

      THANKS 🙂

  53. 더킹 카지노

    Having read this I believed it was extremely enlightening.
    I appreciate you spending some time and effort
    to put this short article together. I once again find myself personally spending a significant amount
    of time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worthwhile!

    1. Sarah H

      Awesome! Thanks for reading!

Leave a Reply