Handwashing: Coronavirus Defense

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This afternoon, I went to the grocery store to pick up a few items. Needless to say, everyone is concerned about the Coronavirus. I understand that completely.  For some reason beyond my comprehension toilet paper has completely disappeared from the shelves. Did I miss something in the last few days regarding the importance of having an excessive abundance of toilet tissue? Hand sanitizer is missing, as well.

While I can certainly relate to the gravity of this pandemic and the utmost necessity of preparing oneself, I fear that there are some among us who in a panicked state grab whatever they can out of fear of not having enough.

Fear and panic will only exacerbate the situation. By overbuying toilet paper, hand sanitizer and other necessary items shoppers will create shortages. These shortages will have a negative impact on others who need the products as much as you do. Before you buy something, please consider other people and their needs. Of course your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones, but please do not forget that we are a community. As a community, all our actions whether negative or positive, have consequences beyond our individual selves. Other people matter.

From what I have read, keeping your hands clean by washing them frequently is an effective strategy for reducing the spread of this virus.

It is my opinion that maintaining a healthy diet that boosts your immune system is another effective strategy when faced with this virus.

Although it is easier said than done, get enough sleep and take a break from worrying. Worrying does not help. Worrying only makes things worse.  Find some activity that can redirect your thoughts. Watch a comedy; take a walk in nature. Do something you enjoy that will redirect your thoughts from worrying about this virus. Worrying about it will not help you. What strategies can you implement that will help you deal with its challenges? Be proactive. Do what you can and then let go of the worry.

Life will always have hardships and challenges. In order to conquer those hardships and challenges it is absolutely imperative that we all work together rather than against each other. Our strength comes from our unity as human beings on God’s earth. Each of us matters; each of us deserves to be loved, cared for and respected.

Let’s support each other during these dark days. There is always light at the end of the tunnel. We will conquer this virus.

May God bless us, comfort us and keep us in His care, for always.

Copyright 2020 Jenny W. Andrews