COVID-19 - The Toll on Families Hyattsville
COVID-19 - The Toll on Families
I recently took an online survey regarding the impact of the Coronavirus (as so many of us have). It asked if there was any negativity in my family life as a result while simultaneously pointing to an immediate upsurge in Chinese divorces. COVID-19 causes divorce?! It turns out that the affected couples became sick of each other (no pun intended) after weeks of mutual quarantine.
The strength or value of a marriage should not be determined by whether it can survive The Flu. It seems that we've given entirely too much priority and leighway to this virus already. Yes, it poses some threat but it shouldn't threaten EVERYTHING.
American households and those around the world have suddenly found themselves bound down while locked out of the workplace, school, countless other venues and life altogether. There was more than enough tension in many homes under ordinary circumstances. Now that said is coupled with what seems to be joblessness for 3 out of 4 of us the ante is upped.
In anticipation of further scarcity, i.e.; fear, the stockpiling continues. It's wondered as to which of the shopping families have enough versus not enough or too much. A few days ago one kid was heard shouting in response to empty shelves at the Safeway, "This looks like Apocalypse Now!"
On today's visit to Costco the parking lot was full - of course. However; there were certain ominous aspects of what was seen that went far beyond the norm. The front entrance and exit were not only cordoned off - but fully barricaded. Rows of boxes or crates were piled up to the ceiling and they or the windows were covered with signal flare-colored tarpaulin. Only one door to a service bay on the side of the building was opened for entry; and heavily guarded by both a uniformed security team in tactical gear and the county police. Shoppers waited behind their carts in a single file line that stretched to the end of the parking lot. It was said that only 8 of them would be admitted at one time.
Several of those approaching the scene on foot turned away after realizing the extent of the madness. Cars continued to stream in and out. Later customers were seen leaving through the front exit of the store in small bursts. They came through makeshift curtains. It reminds me of when we were shuttled through the tunnels of the haunted house at carnivals... and it was that scary.
Had I been a small child in tow Mommy would have had the mandate to explain what was going on. Was all that actually necessary? Were we attempting to manage a real crisis or just reshaping what got blown out of proportion? If we are frightened adults running around in the shadow of The Boogie Man then what will our children think and feel?
Frankly, I'm more afraid of the psychological toll this is taking on all of us than the virus. COVID-19 is just one of many strains of its type. We have faced the likes of it before (and much worse) and we'll do it again. Remember SARS and H1-N1?
The next time you're tempted to needlessly spook yourself or your children over the 1900th incarnation of Influenza, study it to evaluate where it ranks among its peers. (Wikipedia is the best place to start.) Chances are that there's a relatively low risk involved.
And please - as long as you aren't under quarantine - take yourselves out somewhere.
CORRECTION: IF YOUR LOCAL JURISDICTION HAS ISSUED A STAY AT HOME ORDER PLEASE OBSERVE THE LAW AND STAY INSIDE EXCEPT TO ANSWER THE NEED TO GATHER SUPPLIES OR SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION.