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April 2 2020: The Latest Information

April 2 2020: Mike Pompeo, the United States Secretary of State, urged all Americans abroad who wished to return home to do so immediately. Yeah, they’re projecting that between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans will die from the coronavirus in the next few weeks. Last night I watched the dashboard roll over from 199,000 to 204,000 confirmed cases. Even if China’s numbers are double what they reported, it’s still less than America right now. Respectfully, the last place I want to be at the moment is anywhere in the United States.

We made a grocery run yesterday. There were a few more people than last week’s expedition, but not many. Most people were practicing social distancing; if they need to get at something where a person was standing, they kept their distance until the other person moved. Folks stayed spaced apart at the checkout line. The only things they were out of stock on were shelf-stable milk and yeast. That was an excuse come home, divide up my sourdough starter into multiple jars, and feed them all well.

I’ve seen a lot of panic and disinformation floating around about the United States Postal Service going under. This article in Forbes is the most level-headed and fact-based piece I could find. While it’s not good, it’s really no worse than a lot of businesses at the moment. Have we not figured out yet that we’re all in the same boat?

That’s it for April 2 2020. I’m all out of spoons. Get your information from credible sources. Good luck and godspeed.

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Mindfulness and Adrenal Fatigue

As much as I’d like my life right now to be focused on writing, reading, and cooking, it’s all mindfulness and adrenal fatigue.

The other day I left the apartment to do laundry. It was a short walk to the building next door, but I was keenly aware of what I was not touching. I put on light winter gloves and had a packet of alcohol wipes. The door swings outward into the hall. I stepped through and pushed it shut with my elbow. I went downstairs without touching the hand rail or the wall. Pushed open the door to the lobby, and the door outside, with my shoulder.

When I got next door I used a wipe to open the door into the lobby, the hallway, and the laundry room. With a fresh wipe I scrubbed down the handles, knobs, and buttons on the machines. Once I got things started I set the timer on my phone to remind me when to change things out.  The same protocols were used on the way back to the apartment. I immediately washed my hands, wiped down my phone, keys, gloves, laundry basket, and then washed my hands again.

Repeat this going back to move clothes from the washer to the dryer, and again to get things from the dryer and back to the apartment.

Again, I’m high-risk because of my chronic respiratory issues. A month ago I’d have considered my behavior to be outlandish and paranoid. Now I worry about not taking precautions far enough. We didn’t have that much laundry. I originally wanted to wait another week, do a double load. Katie pointed out that there were things that needed washing that couldn’t be hand-washed in the bathroom sink.

Mindfulness and Adrenal Fatigue

Mindfulness is a purposeful awareness of one’s experiences and surroundings. It’s supposed to be practiced without judgment. I can’t say that I was evaluating things as good or bad, but the fact that any surface could be contaminated has to count as judgment. I’m not even judging my neighbors. It’s not necessarily their bad habits or poor decision making that I fear. It’s the possibility that they could have been in contact with someone not taking this seriously. Mindfulness outside of the apartment has been stressful.

Add to this the amount of anger I’m carrying around because of the news. The toxic combination of arrogance and ignorance is infuriating. I mean, the pastor of a megachurch in Florida held services in defiance of social distancing orders, was arrested, and then had the audacity to call it religious persecution? The whole spitting thing? Politicians — a particular¬† quote-unquote politician — who demands praise for closing the barn door after all of the horses have gotten out? Arrrgh.

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April 1 2020: The Latest Information

April 1 2020: Finland has extended emergency measures to May 13. Bars and restaurants to remain closed through May 31. The coast guard is now stopping boats to supplement the road and rail closures. Uusimaa is sealed until at least April 19.

Confirmed cases in Finland are up slightly to either 1384 or 1418, depending on whose numbers you look at. Reports agree on 17 total deaths. A care worker has tested positive here in Keski-Suomi and 10 people she works with are now in isolation.

We’re going to make a quick supply run today. Replenish the perishables, and buy another set of essentials. Again, not hoarding in the sense that we’re buying up all of something and leaving none for anyone else. Just an extra package of rice, pasta, toilet paper, and so on every trip,¬† in the event there is a local outbreak and it feels too dangerous for me to go outside the apartment at all.

In the United States, you-know-who demands to be given credit for closing the barn door, even though he waited until all of the horses had already gotten out.

Please be sure you’re getting information from reliable sources.