I was wondering how our community is coping with the Coronavirus pandemic. For my part, I've taken the matter very seriously because of my age -- definitely past 65 years old, so naturally vulnerable -- and also because if an "ordinary" flu virus (Influenza A) was able to trigger an episode of SCLS after my being episode-free for over a decade (see https://rareshare.org/topics/1967), then I'm pretty sure that the Coronavirus would trigger another one and, who knows, it might be the "Episode to End All Episodes"!
Therefore, my wife and I took the decision to isolate ourselves in our apartment twelve days ago, when most people weren't self-isolating themselves, such that we have not seen in-person any friends or family members throughout this period. We stay in touch with them via telephone, FaceTime, Skype or email, though our grown children have just now gifted us one of the brand-new Portal TV devices (see https://portal.facebook.com/products/portal-tv/) which should allow for better communication with them and our grandchildren once the device arrives and is installed in our place and theirs.
We exercise at home in a stationary bike and usually go out for a walk in the neighborhood or a park early in the morning or late in the evening, when there are no crowds and we can keep our social distance from other people. My wife also goes during non-busy hours to a supermarket once every 5-7 days to load up on fresh and frozen food, and she wears a mask and keeps her distance from everybody she encounters.
My wife is retired but I'm still working, though I am very lucky to have been able to perform my job remotely from my desk at home, so unlike many other people who work in small retail shops, restaurants, bars, hotels, cinemas, theaters, gyms, the travel industry, and all kinds of in-person services, I am still getting paid and keeping my medical-insurance benefits. My heart goes out to all those who cannot do their jobs remotely or will be losing their employment or businesses.
My family's main concern is what will happen in a couple of weeks when I have to go to the hospital's Infusion Center to get my monthly IVIG treatment. Chances are, the hospital will be full with diagnosed and undiagnosed Coronavirus patients and medical personnel. I'll be wearing a mask and I hope that the infusion receptionists, nurses and auxiliary personnel will also be wearing their masks, but as you all know, it's impossible to have an IV put in and to have one's vitals measured (again and again) while maintaining the recommended social distancing of at least 3 feet (one meter). Therefore, that routine appointment is going to become quite a risky, fearsome adventure.
The thought that, in a best-case scenario, we will have to remain socially isolated for a couple of months is starting to weigh on us. But then, at least my wife and I have each other -- for better and for worse! ;-) My heart goes out to those who are self-isolating alone.
How are you all coping with the Coronavirus threat?