For Crying Out Loud People, #STAYHOME

Is it really that hard to understand?

Stay home.

If you must go out, take precautions and have respect for others.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should already know the symptoms to watch for and the precautionary measures to take. If, for some reason, you don’t – here’s a quick recap:

Symptoms Precautions
  • Dry cough.
  • Fever.
  • Shortness of breath (severe cases).
  • Wash your freaking hands.
  • Avoid gatherings. Maintain six foot distances.
  • Clean your phones too. And your car keys/fobs. Then wash your hands again!

20 seconds of thorough hand-washing may seem like an eternity BUT 14 or more days in isolation or quarantine is going to feel a helluva lot longer! Wash the front of your hands, the back of your hands, between the fingers, under and around the nails… hell, wash your wrists and forearms too!

Honestly, this is something everyone should have already been doing.

I don’t give a crap if you’re big, strong, young with a superhuman immunity system – the people you’re exposing might not be.

It’s not just about YOU. It’s about them, too.

Clean surfaces daily. I’ve been doing it twice daily and whenever necessary in between (before and after food prep, after handling used cups and other dishes, etc.)

Don’t forget about knobs and handles!Especially if you have household members coming and going because they work in essential services or have outside medical appointments that cannot be postponed.

That includes:

  • door knobs and handles
  • sink faucets and handles
  • toilet flush handles and seats
  • fridge handles, doors and touchpads
  • stove knobs, handles and touchpads
  • microwave handles, doors and touchpads
  • keyboards, remote controls and so on.

This is serious. Take it seriously. We need to keep trying to slow this thing down.

I’m fortunate to have a bath right past the entry door. My daughter can’t get off of work – her place of employment provides essential services. She comes home (after being diligent about cleanliness while out) and immediately takes off her work clothes and tosses them in the washing machine. Cleans herself up, puts on fresh clothes. Then cleans everything she came in contact with (including the bathroom counter, faucet, door knobs, washing machine lid and controls, soap container, etc.) and then washes her hands again because we have someone in our household who is at risk for a severe case if she were to contract it.

It’s not a perfect system but we’re trying.

Do your best. Stay healthy. Keep your family, friends and housemates healthy too!

M.A.Young

M.A.Young is driven by her love of words, passionate pursuit of knowledge, and desire for a more inclusive and accepting world. A survivor of childhood sexual abuse, she struggles daily with mental health issues including generalized and social anxiety, C-PTSD, depression, and self-worth.

She is the sole contributer to and founder of AnnotherVoice, a relatively unfocused blog originally created as a sounding board for the myriad of thoughts running through her mind. Her writing runs the gamut from fiction and poetry to current events and politics. She strongly encourages everyone to pay attention to the world around them and to vote!

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