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The Ups and Downs of COVID-19

COVID-19 is still very much a reality. According to nCoV2019.live, there are 2,433,526 active COVID-19 cases globally of the 4,239,033 confirmed cases. In the U.S., there are 1,298,847 active cases (1,380,388 confirmed case). Note: ‘Cases’ means people. People with stories and loved ones who worry about them.

It’s day 54 of California’s Stay Home Order. Most of the states are partially open again. We are starting to see the effects of this. According to information from today’s update from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, “Alabama has reported an increase in incidence since early May, up from fewer than 200 new cases per day to more than 300 in less than 2 weeks, its highest incidence to date. The start of Alabama’s increasing trend coincided with the expiration of the statewide “safer at home” order on April 30. Texas reported relatively consistent incidence from April 5 through April 25, but the incidence has been elevated the past 2 weeks. Texas has also reported a steady increase in the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients since at least early April. Texas’s “stay at home” order expired on April 30, but the increasing trends began prior to that point and have continued since. Tennessee began to reopen businesses in late April, and the state has reported elevated incidence over approximately the past week and a half. Georgia appears to have passed a peak in daily incidence. Maine’s daily incidence has increased since late April, up to from approximately 600 new cases per day to more than 800. Maine’s “stay at home” order expires at the end of May; however, the state permitted some businesses to reopen starting May 1.”

It’s not all bad news. Some states have leveled off; some are declining. Unfortunately, we don’t have a long enough window to know how the most recent changes are going to pan out.

Recently, California opened a few additional businesses, but I have no desire to shop. People are having a hard time paying rent and buying food, and I’d rather spend my money on helping others than on something for myself. Trust me, this isn’t because I am a particularly generous person, because I am not. The way I see it, eventually the world is going to open up, and I want you all to be there. If I don’t share, others may not have enough to stay alive.

These are the ups and downs of living in the coronavirus pandemic. It’s going to be this way for awhile. My mood swings in time to morbidity and mortality statistics. It’s a roller coaster. I am filled with joy when watching Some Good News with John Krasinski, and practically psychotic when I hear news about White House press briefings. Up and down, up and down.

I aim for middle ground. Helping others and staying busy keeps me in the middle. My favorite ways to help others is to write notes to those who are shut in. I write to people in hospice or nursing homes. I make phone calls and organize video chat parties. I do this because it cheers me up.

How are you cheering yourself up during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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