The New Normal

As we continue on with the Coronavirus/COVID-19 saga, masks are everywhere!

These face covers have become a way of life now. I feel these somehow make us appear less human and it's all part of our new normal.

We can't go into stores without masks.

People are getting into altercations over them.

Others have medical conditions; pulmonary issues and such, that preclude them from wearing one.

We look like extras in an alien apocalypse movie when we go about our day.

To give some history of the goings-on of 2020 I wanted to add this overview of our current state of affairs. It's a way to remember this time if we ever get out of it. Right now, that light at the end of the tunnel, President Trump was looking for doesn't appear to be lit.

They're saying this thing could last into the fall. And if the summer can't kill it, like a flu tends to die down in the heat, who knows what will.

We are at day 51 of social isolation.

Schools closed for my state on March 13th and distance learning started on March 16th.

Schools have officially been closed for the remainder of the school year.

People are working from home wherever possible and some have become teachers at the same time.

Summer camps are expected to run beginning on June 29th. So far.

Unemployment has skyrocketed, with people applying for benefits and waiting, while unable to pay their bills.

There are lines of cars running out of gas as people wait for hours for bags of food to feed their families.

There are strips of tape on the floor inside stores to keep people at an appropriate distance from one another in line and in the aisles.

Some stores have arrows pointing up and down aisles to keep traffic flowing in one direction so people don't walk face to face by one another.

Restaurants are open for takeout and delivery only.

Stores are offering curbside pick up.

Some parks and beaches have been closed. Parks that remain open have their playscapes and swings taped off to prevent kids from accessing them.

Churches are closed. We have been relegated to online services while we praise and worship God in our kitchens, living rooms, and dens.

Gyms are closed.

Sports arenas, concert halls, and areas of entertainment in general has been cancelled everywhere for the forseeable future.

Weddings and organized celebrations have been cancelled and/or postponed. Till when?

There are caravan birthday parties and celebrations going on in various neighborhoods while the guest of honor stands outside and waves at their loved ones driving by.

Children can't play together and have playdates for fear of the close contact.

No one is hugging, kissing, or shaking hands anymore.

We have to social distance 6 feet from anyone not in our immediate household.

People cannot gather in groups of more than 5. Are large families in violation?

There are Zoom parties going on to allow some sort of contact for birthdays and other memorable events or just to have Bible study and work meetings.

The Red Cross is in dire need of blood donations.

Toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer and disinfectant were, up until recently, in extremely scarce supply.

People have heart decorations displayed on their front doors, windows and yards as a way to thank healthcare workers for their bravery in going to battle every day with this killer virus.

Mental health concerns are at a high as people toil with themselves in isolation and others in the medical field deal with things they've never seen before. Some have taken their own lives.

Groups are protesting to have their state reopen so they can go back to work.

As of today, the average gas price in the United States is $1.79.

Hopefully one day we can look back through these and relish in the fact that things got better. Excluding the gas price average of course.

If you have any to add to this list, please share them in the comments section.

Be safe out there.