Journal of the Plague Year: 'Let us spray'

Posted Friday, March 20, 2020 in News

Journal of the Plague Year: 'Let us spray'

by Gina Hamilton

March 20, 2020

My husband is now home for two weeks on "catastrophe pay", a two-week program that pays for him to be home because he's been ill. We don't know if he had COVID-19; his illness seemed like a normal cold, but he can't be tested, so there it is. I'm running essential errands and working at home; otherwise we're all going to be home for two weeks. Out of, as they say, an "abundance of caution".

Issues arise when you're living at home that you don't really think about when you only spend a few waking hours there. Every spot of dirt or unwashed window or dirty curtains or blinds are painfully obvious. The kitchen counter needs repainting -- yes, repainting, we have found a rather nice countertop paint by Rustoleum -- and the cabinets likewise need repainting. It's clear that we haven't been the most dilligent housekeepers on the planet, and that's about to change. Granted, this is a plan that I am probably more excited about than the other two are, but barring actual illness, I'm going to insist. We have all the supplies and we certainly have the time.

The curtains are being washed as I write, and the living room windows have been washed as well. Today, we'll finish the other windows and rehang the curtains,  and wash the blinds and hang them on the line outside. They'll get rained on a bit, but that's probably just as well.

The other issue that's come up is stuff that comes into the house. It turns out this virus can live on cardboard and paper and plastic, so the new protocol is to spray everything with lysol before we bring it inside. After it dries, we can open the package.  It feels like we're overreacting, but as Dr. Anthony Fauci said, "If it feels like you're overreacting, you're probably doing it right."

So the new prayer for the modern age is "Let us spray."

Aside from taking the dogs for walks, and looking after the chickens, that's essentially our lives right now.

Please follow all the instructions we are receiving, somewhat contradictory though they may be. When necessary, err on the side of caution. Ask your elderly neighbors or neighbors with young children if you can help with procuring supplies, and then sit back, start designing your garden and paint your countertops and wash your curtains, and grin and bear it. It's not the end of the world, it's just an inconvenience for most of us.

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