A year of traveling while facing a coronavirus pandemic: March-June, 2020
|Remember the toilet paper shortage? Rice, flour, eggs, and butter also were in short supply.
The 2020 pandemic affected everyone. During the first 2 months, Caroline I were traveling in the Caribbean, Mexico, Florida, DC, Oahu, and Maui. Yes, the novel coronavirus was slinking around the world, but it had not yet been recognized as a malady that would incapacitate and kill millions of people (as of today, over a half million Americans have died).
On March 10, we were back in Logan, UT. On March 11, the WHO declared Covid-19 a pandemic. On March 13th, President Trump declared a national emergency. Universities began to shut down and send students home. There were nationwide shortages of certain foods and materials, like toilet paper, as people began hoarding essential items. The focus of prevention was still on physical contact with a virus-contaminated surface, with 1 video of a physician demonstrating how to disinfect all of his groceries getting more than 24 million views in 1 week. People were not asked to mask (there was a nationwide shortage of N95 masks), but we were asked to socially distance.
|Our home gym... treadmill, exercise bike, and weight bench.
|A crowd of seniors all trying to get into Smith's to buy groceries. Every cart at the check-out had a package of TP... one per customer!
Governments started giving advice. Do you remember getting a postcard from President Trump on guidelines to combat the coronavirus? One hundred and thirty million postcards were sent out, "...encouraging Americans to take social distancing seriously. stay home, and practice good hygiene." Again, no mask recommendation.
|April 8th at Lowes, searching for flowers. For me, wearing a mask in public started around this time. I was certainly in the minority in April!
|A new cottage industry sprang up, making face masks. This was my first homemade mask, sent to me by my dear friend Jane.
|People began to adapt. Here, neighbor Onya celebrates her 7th birthday by riding her bike past the homes of her friends.
|It was painful to watch workers wear masks to protect their customers, while customers did not reciprocate (mid-May). This was happening throughout town, unfortunately. Of course, this is reflected in the rise in cases through 2020 in Cache County.
|After the snow all melts, mid-May.
|Oops, I spoke too soon. May 23rd.
Caroline and I decided to learn more about contact tracing, so we took an online course in contact tracing offered by Johns Hopkins University.
The rest of the summer was one of household maintenance, walking in the evenings with Caroline, and running, biking, and racing. I've blogged previously about how different races dealt with Covid-19, from holding a "virtual race" to staggered starts to self-registration. We also hosted all the kids for 2 weeks to celebrate family, retirement, and birthdays!