Vol. I No. 07 11/1/2020
What's Your Pandemic Plan?
The Novel Coronavirus is neither a Democrat nor a Republican. It does not care who wins the election. It is not growing exponentially to make POTUS look bad; it is growing because we are not acting to contain it. This pandemic is the enemy of all mankind. It is attacking the United States, and the USA is losing.
We enjoyed an especially warm and wonderful fall. Our numbers were low, so others looked at the Berkshires as a safe haven. Now winter is closing in. The number of sick and dying across America is growing. New England knows how to plan for the cold and snow, but this year we must plan for more. How do we stay safe and sane?
We all need more than hunkering down to avoid infection. We need social interaction, exercise, intellectual activity, and many of us need income. So, Berkshires, what's the plan?
In what way is social interaction safe? There are outdoor heaters — some propane, some fire pits — to facilitate get togethers in winter. Indoor socializing is considered safe if the CDC recommendations are observed — social distancing, masks, and small groups.
For physical and intellectual stimulation, there is always the Internet. Bridge and other games are online. Exercise classes, Ollie and other classes, town meetings, and more are available via Zoom. It lacks the joy of rubbing shoulders, but…
Create your own groups based on interests and needs. For example, parents newly burdened with home-schooling might create a support group via Zoom. Folks living alone can form a support group via Zoom. Ask pals what they need — the answer may be the first step to forming a support group via Zoom.
Make a schedule. Mapping out a week helps. Share out-of-house tasks such as shopping. Wear your mask, keep your distance, and monitor your health — act quickly to mitigate any symptoms. Stay well and stay warm.
— Carole Owens