It’s Okay to Be Scared Of The Coronavirus

If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery as a quality which knows no fear, I have never seen a brave man.  All men are frightened.  The more intelligent they are, the more they are frightened.  George S. Patton

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A couple of days ago as I was leaving the post office a woman stopped to hold the door for me.  Now, under normal circumstances I would be the first to thank someone for their kind gesture.  But given our current world situation concerning COVID-19 I said to self “move yo black ass out the way.”

In appearance she was “The Little Engine That Could.”  She wasn’t scared of anything.  Her life wasn’t going to be interrupted by fear.  It was clear from her rude comment concerning me opening doors with a disinfectant wipe she had zero tolerance for others who showed a healthy level of fear.

She was on the phone and as I passed by with my wipe she told the person on the other end I was paranoid.  I got to a safe distance and turned around so my voice would project in her direction and said, “sure am.”  She could call me what she wanted but in this case I have enough sense to know no one is immune to this ravishing virus.

Studies have shown Coronavirus stays in the air for 3 hours, on copper 4 hours, on cardboard 24 hours, on stainless steel for 2 to 3 days and on plastic for 3 days.

So!  After reading how long Coronavirus stay on surfaces and in the air, as a germophobe I suggest wearing face mask when in public.  Always wash your hands for over 20 seconds.  And!  Never eat without washing your hands for 30 seconds or longer.  Put currency and coins in a plastic sandwich bag.  Take precautions when opening boxes.  Find a safe place [out of reach from children or pets] in your home to let them safely sit for 24 hours or longer and open them outside.  Throw the box away immediately.  If possible wipe the content with Clorox or Lysol disinfect product.  Disinfect your door handles inside and outside and wash your hands with soap and water for more than 20 seconds.  Clean your kitchen appliances everyday.  Everyday wipe down facets in the bathroom and clean the toilet handle.  Don’t drink out of plastic bottles or cups from public settings.  Take your beverage with you!  Always remember to wash your bottle water and or beverages before placing them in your fridge.

Washing beverages before putting them in my fridge has been a habit of mine for over thirty something years.  My husband use to laugh at my over the top behavior.  Now!  He’s glad that I take extra measures to keep our family safe.  And with that said, remember it’s okay to have healthy fear.  Only a fool will think they’re immune to a health threat.

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