On the spectrum of “ahh, it will blow over” being a 1 and “OMG we are ALL GOING TO DIE” being a 10, I’m currently sitting around a 7 re: COVID-19. I am very (VERY!) happy that children are not getting very sick from it, but there are many older adults that I would be very devastated to lose. And none of us are invincible.
(This is not my ‘professional’ or ‘medical’ opinion; these are my personal thought and feelings. I am getting my information from the same publicly available sources that everyone else is: CDC, WHO, and yes, to some extent from mainstream media. I know that at least one person was angry that I expressed concerns given that I am a medical professional, but I’m also a human and really, posting things without mentioning the main thing that’s been dominating my thoughts over the past week feels disingenuous. For the record, Josh is less concerned than I am.)
That said, I am getting on a plane this morning. And, unless ordered otherwise, I am going to continue to work and see patients (thankfully, I’m in a field where kids with contagious illnesses usually reschedule their visits, but who knows how much asymptomatic shedding could be going on). I am going to be working in the hospital when needed. And, like everyone else, I am sending my kids to school (aka giant germ cesspool).
So, given the above, I don’t think it makes sense to curtail other activities right now, particularly when there are no instructions (or even really suggestions) to do so. I am continuing to try to just go about life, because at this moment, I’m not sure there’s anything I (or my children & loved ones) can do personally to lower our risk of contacting the disease. Other than impeccable hygiene measures of course — hand washing, wiping things down, etc. If anyone is curious, I am not going to wear a mask on the plane (I did not feel it would be ethical to take one from my workplace, and I don’t have a stash of masks lying around at home!).
(Of course, everything could change in a heartbeat. And I will absolutely follow any official recommendations or instructions that come out!)
So, where am I going?
I’m headed to Amelia Island for ~48 hours — it’s a mini break & retreat! Josh is at a vascular surgery conference (he left Tues) and so I am coming to join him. We are driving home together on Saturday.
On today’s agenda: 2 podcast episodes (1 that I am particularly excited about – a style-focused episode with expert guest); some blog work; nice diner out
Tomorrow: personal retreat! I had this on my 20 for 2020 and this feels like the perfect opportunity. I will be getting a massage, relaxing, reading, journaling, etc for the entire day. I can’t wait.