Social Awareness Through Social Distancing: Love Thy Neighbor and Please Stay Home

It’s official. Our first case of COVID-19 in Wichita County.

If you haven’t already, take this news as an opportunity to take action and commit to some inaction.

The bottom line is staying home and staying away from others is the easiest, most effective way for us to save lives during this crazy, unprecedented time.

I will share that I have been really struggling to deal with a large dose of anxiety building over the last several weeks, and it has absolutely nothing to do with the safety of me, my husband or our son, and everything to do with my family and so many others who have an increased risk.

I pray for my family in Houston – my immunocompromised mom, my 96-year-old WWII veteran (D-Day survivor, purple-heart) grandpa, and my pre-diabetic father who is caregiver to both.

I pray for my sister in west Texas, who is a resident working in a hospital, and lives with an autoimmune disease. She is putting herself at risk each day to help others.

I pray for my sister in New York City, who is on standby to be called out of her IVF practice and back into the hospital setting to take care of pregnant women who become infected.

For me, the “at risk” is very personal and very real. It is for all of us who have grandparents, older parents, family members who are healthcare workers, first responders, have pre-existing conditions from things as complicated as cancer to as simple as asthma – the list goes on and on.

There are many of us that are serving our community and must be out and about – healthcare workers, first responders, grocery and other essential services. But for those of us like me who can work from home, or figure out a way to stay home – PLEASE DO.

If your employer is creating special circumstances to make this happen, PLEASE do not take this as an opportunity to do all the things you couldn’t normally do if you were in an office all day.  Avoid non-essential errands (eyebrows, nails – it’s cool, no one will see you anyway), shopping trips, movie theater visits, etc. Now is also NOT the time to travel.

You are completely negating the intent of SO many local businesses and organizations who are reducing staff and shutting down at great cost in order to slow the spread and flatten the curve. (Side Note: These animations are the BEST example I have found so far for explaining what exactly that means.)

Just. Stay. Home.

Supporting Small Businesses

Speaking of, I know so many of our locally owned small businesses are facing huge challenges with these restrictions. And I know we want to support them as much a possible. The good news is many of them are offering new services like takeout, pickup, online ordering, and more. (In my next blog post, I am going to share a list of everything I know about, so if you know of one – email me at lauren@texomacu.com.)

Keeping The Kids From Turning into Savages

It’s not a small task. All of our bloggers are currently working on resources to share with you – educational and entertainment resources to help you through. We are also planning some giveaways to make some of those resources free, so please stay tuned.

We Can Save Lives

I heard on the news that we as millennials have the opportunity to protect the greatest generation. My grandpa kept this country safe, the absolute least I can do is some social distancing to attempt to repay the tiniest amount of what he gave us.

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2 thoughts on “Social Awareness Through Social Distancing: Love Thy Neighbor and Please Stay Home

  1. Well said! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and spreading the word. We can do this, together! #bettertogether