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Not Your Typical COVID-19 Update!




I’m a little nervous about putting something on the front page of our newsletter about COVID-19. First of all, I’m concerned because you might just stop reading if you think I’m going to regurgitate what you hear 50 times a day. And secondly, I’m just concerned that what is true today might not be true by the time you read this article.

So, rather than try to enlighten you with the obvious stuff, I thought maybe I would share some random things that I have learned lately. If you don’t feel enlightened, then maybe you will be amused.

Tidbit #1: Isolation is the process in which people who are known to be ill with a dangerous, contagious disease are separated from others to prevent the disease from spreading. Quarantine is the process in which people who have been exposed to an infectious disease, but are not yet known to be ill, are kept separate from others and monitored. Keep in mind…what you are hearing on TV may not be consistent with the actual Public Health definition. For most of us, it feels exactly the same when you are being told to stay home.

Tidbit #2: I have learned that I can still make bread from scratch. I’m guessing there are a lot of us out there. When you can’t find what you want at the store, be creative and use those awesome problem-solving skills you’ve acquired through the years.

Tidbit #3: If you are going stir crazy at home call someone on the phone. Check up on a relative nearby or across the country. Maybe check on a neighbor. It is a great time to connect with people who were homebound before COVID-19.

Tidbit #4: Limit your COVID-19 news updates. Yes, the information does change regularly but watching hour after hour of it can affect your mental health and create anxiety and panic.

Tidbit #5: If you are an extrovert, take lessons from your introverted friends on what it means to be physically distant from others. If you are an introvert, take lessons from your extroverted friends about what it means to reach out to others socially. We need people to keep their distance physically and maintain their connection socially or emotionally.

Tidbit #6: Along the same lines as #5…whether you lean left or right of center in the political spectrum, remember that everyone has to work together right now. This situation was not created or made worse by either party. When push comes to shove, our leaders know they have to work together for the greater good. We have the same responsibility.

Tidbit #7: Corona Virus Disease was first identified on December 31, 2019. I’m pretty sure if it had been discovered one day later, we would all be saying COVID-20! Interesting, don’t you think?

Tidbit #8: Some of my closest friends are snow birds. Two came back from Gulf Shores at the beginning of March and another will be coming back from Phoenix in the next couple of weeks. I love these women dearly. They are my bridge buddies and we haven’t played together since November. I’ve missed them but we will not playing bridge anytime soon…and certainly not until they’ve self-quarantined for 14 days.

Tidbit #9: As of right now, 5 pm on March 17th, 2020, there are 72 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, and none in Chippewa County or in the Chippewa Valley. It is my sincere hope that by the time you read this, we still remain so. Let’s all do our part to keep our communities safe.

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