I've referring to the coronavirus outbreak, of course.
When I first started to hear about this a few months ago, when it was still confined to China, I didn't really think or worry that much about it. I mean, I don't worry about the flu. Of course, I get a flu shot every year, which means I probably won't get the flu.
Then I started to hear it was bad for people who were older or had underlying conditions. I'm not quite "older" by the guideline they're using, but I do have a compromised respiratory system. One of my lungs only inflates half-way (paralyzed diaphragm on that side, apparently since birth), I had pulmonary embolism in both lungs 9 years ago, and I've had asthma for about a year now. So I really don't want to catch any nasty respiratory bugs.
And of course, now it's spreading in the United States. So far there are no diagnosed cases in Illinois other than in the Chicago metro area, and I don't live there. But it's only a matter of time before it's here. The University is switching to online-only courses after spring break, tho they're not sending the students home. Another state university not far away is sending its students home. Yesterday the Governor ordered all schools, both public and private, closed for two weeks and asked all people to stay home this weekend if they don't have to go out. (So far, state agencies have not enacted the Governor's recommendation for workers, to work from home. Do as I say, not as I do?)
Store shelves are empty of hand sanitizer, alcohol, other disinfectants, and toilet paper. I'm wondering what they'll be out of next. A friend in the DC area says the stores there are starting to run out of food.
Like I say, things are feeling pretty freaky!
Things are feeling pretty freaky!1
"Olorin I was in the West that is forgotten...."