16 March 2020

El amor en los tiempos del corona

I haven't had the idea of writing about the coronavirus until now. In any case, I have a blog, so might as well make good use of it. And this week is as good a week to start writing about it.

Saturday, March 14: This past week has been crazy. Such a big difference a week makes. I didn't expect that I would have a brand new set of routines by the end of the week.

See, by Thursday, I started telecommuting. In the past, I typically didn't like the idea of home office, and loved the separation of work and non-work. But the necessity has arisen, and we decided to take the idea of social distancing seriously. Hence, we minimise outside contact, and only go out of the house when it is absolutely necessary.

We started doing grocery shopping early in the morning. This is because the supermarkets are not so crowded during these times. It's easier to avoid people that way.

Yesterday we took a walk in the late afternoon. We just spent a little less than an hour outside, walking on side streets and managing to avoid people at the same time. It's a good idea to get some outside exposure while we can. Who knows, perhaps later on there will be a ban to leave the building.

Nowadays I basically take it one day at a time. I try to minimise looking at the news, basically reading them only once in the morning and another in the evening. It's not mentally healthy to read about the topic constantly.

Our pantry is well-stocked, and we also have an ample supply of toilet paper. Yes, it's slightly surreal to see toilet paper aisles in the supermarket running empty. But that's the new reality, it seems.

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