Last week many on social media called it a hoax, and this week it has officially been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, and in the United States of America it has been declared a national emergency.
And while all these “updates” were breaking, I had to take my husband to the hospital—not something one wants to do at anytime, especially when people are talking pandemics. It turned out he has pneumonia, and fortunately he was allowed to come home with medication, so no overnight stay.
He’s doing well, but at our house we are taking the social distancing seriously, sticking close to home. In our house we have one 91 year old person, and hubby and I are both over 65. So according to the CDC, we’re in the higher risk group.
Luckily I already had a full freezer and plenty of TP. I am also lucky because I work from home, and can continue working while avoiding people. Which frankly, is what I tend to do anyway.
But what most stresses me is worrying about my daughter, who suffers from asthma, which puts her in the high risk category. I also worry about my daughter-in-law, who is healthy, but she is a medical assistant. As for our son, he works for Apple, who has shut down their stores for a couple of weeks, giving their employees paid vacations. I suddenly feel better about all the money I spend on Apple products. Our son-in-law is in the Coast Guard, and I imagine like all our men and women in the military, his duties may have a slightly different focus in the months to come.
I suspect my book Coulson’s Wife, the first book in the Coulson Family Saga, written under my Anna J. McIntyre pen name is one reason I’ve taken coronavirus seriously. Coulson’s Wife begins right as the 1918 pandemic is about to spread through the United States. I researched the pandemic and its devastating effect on American’s lives.
Ironically Coulson’s Wife, which is currently available on Kindle Unlimited is set to be released on audiobook at the end of this month. Yet, I am not sure how many people want to listen to a story about that pandemic, when we are dealing with our own.
Photo: My home office where i am currently hanging out.