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Thoughts on Staying Home in the Coronavirus Crisis

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I’m no means an expert on the coronavirus, despite having written about it extensively for the real job. But I know staying home is a great idea.

Are you staying home during this coronavirus pandemic?

Unless you’re absolutely forced to report to work, I sincerely hope you’re keeping yourself closed up in your house. Heath experts near and far say that, along with frequent handwashing, it the best strategy.

South Carolina is one of several states that ordered all restaurants to close their dining rooms. That means the only options for restaurants is offering takeout.

But when you’re supposed to stay in, you feel even guilty if you seriously consider leaving home just to pick up a meal. At least, I do.

Then, the hypochondriac in me kicks in. I wonder about the employees preparing the food. What if they’re feeling ill but too afraid to call out sick?

The chances of catching the virus from food seems to be very low. That’s good to hear.

But there’s far more unknown than known about COVID-19.

And that’s the reason we’re seeing such an unprecedented response. A month ago, life was fairly normal for most of us. Now, four weeks later, the majority of us — those with good sense — have put life on hold to prevent potential death.

I’m very fortunate to work in a job with which technology is available to allow me to work from home. I can do about 95% of everything I need to do in my pajamas. (I don’t wear pajamas, but if I did, I could work from home while wearing them.)

Not everyone is that lucky, There are plenty who must leave the relative, assumed safety of their home and venture out. All the while, I’d bet, they’re worried about any surface they touch and who the last person to touch it had been.

We’re about halfway through this dramatic 15-day unofficial shutdown. In another week or so, staying home might not be quite such a big deal.

I hope we’ll remember what this experience has been like. But over time, I hope we won’t have the opportunity to be reminded any time soon.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 29 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.