This is my Grammy. She is one of my best friends.
When I was little and my family fell apart, she gave up her well-earned retirement to help raise me and my brother. For ten whole years, she trucked us around to our activities, helped us with homework, and dropped our lunches off at school. She’s the one who, when I was really sick in high school, made my soup, bought my ibuprofen, and kept me company. It was her that taught me the importance of education, equality, and empathy.
While she’s usually pretty healthy, it’s likely that if she gets COVID-19, she may not be able to fight it off and I would lose her.
No longer would I be able to hug, talk, or make cinnamon rolls with one of my best friends. She’d miss my cousin’s wedding this summer, my MA graduation, and my brother’s high school graduation.
To protect my Grammy and so many people like her, I’m asking my friends to please do your best to socially distance yourself.
Don’t go to bars, house parties, or other social gatherings.
Work from home (If you can).
Minimize contact with all others.
And of course, wash. your. hands.
Don’t feel sick? It doesn’t matter. I know it seems pointless if you only hang out with healthy/able-bodied people, but experience (and logic) has shown us that that’s not the case. Since many healthy people experience no (or minimal) symptoms, it’s virtually impossible to know if you’re infected.
Let’s think of it this way: Assume somebody as distant as your friend’s roommate goes out partying on Friday and contracts it from their cousin. From here, your friend will likely contract it within 24 hours. But because none of these people have shown symptoms yet, you decide to meet your friend for a coffee. Now you likely have it. Because you have no symptoms, you go to work on Monday and inadvertently give it to your boss. Your boss goes home to their partner and they have dinner together. And by Tuesday, only four days later, your boss’ immunocompromised partner contracts it.
Before anybody has shown any symptoms (average is six days), the disease has crossed from one disparate end of your social circle to the other and put somebody’s life in abject danger.
And that scenario far from hypothetical. As patient 31 in Korea and a man in New Rochelle demonstrated, having just one asymptomatic carrier go on about their life can literally devastate an entire community.
I know quarantine is not fun (Lord knows how much I enjoy a party), but please remember that the stakes are high and the measures are temporary. If you’re lucky enough to be able-bodied/healthy, you almost certainly will have another chance to go out partying, traveling, or drinking.
But if somebody like my Grandma or another immunocompromised person dies because of one person’s careless actions, then they are forever gone.
These people will eternally be missing from their childhood friend’s wedding photos this summer. Somebody’s parent will never see their child graduate from high school/college. And my grandma will forever miss the chance to see me start the career that she gave her life to help me build. I’ll never see her for another Christmas or get to make cinnamon rolls with her ever again.
So please, if not for the sake of my Grammy, then for the Grammys around the world. For your friends and your loved ones. Find somebody in the world who you’re doing this for and
STAY. THE. FUCK. HOME
Stay safe and take care my lovelies!
With so much information that is sometimes inaccurate/conflicting, The World Health Organization (A division of The United Nations) has declared COVID-19 an infodemic.
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I’ll be posting some advice on feminist quarantine self-care/activities shortly.