Things are a little strange and unusual right now. Our governments are not on the same page when it comes to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The result is a whole lot of panic and confusion and people still not realizing how serious this is. But this isn't a time for panic. It's a time
Things are a little strange and unusual right now. Our governments are not on the same page when it comes to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The result is a whole lot of panic and confusion and people still not realizing how serious this is. But this isn’t a time for panic. It’s a time to do our part to support the health care system and workers and to protect the vulnerable. As the situation changes on an hourly basis, many of us understand now that handwashing isn’t enough, and that cancelling major events was indeed the right decision. Medical authorities like the World Health Organization (WHO) are calling for the implementation of social distancing to help mitigate the spread of the disease. Social distancing means the difference between the rapid spread of a disease that the healthcare system cannot manage, resulting in a higher death rate, and a slower spread of the disease that decreases the burden on the healthcare system and ensures that everyone can get the help they need. We can all do our part to help #FlattenTheCurve.
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— Dr Siouxsie Wiles (@SiouxsieW) March 10, 2020
But social distancing doesn’t actually mean *social* distancing. We need to keep physical distance, but now’s absolutely not the time to disconnect. Here are a few suggestions to help us get through this by checking in on each other and supporting each other.
Check in on Each Other
We’re all connected digitally now, so there’s no excuse not to reach out for a check in with friends and families. Now’s your chance to make use of all those virtual tools to plan fun virtual gatherings with friends. Have a virtual movie night! Go on a virtual museum tour! Play online games! Or just have a big ol’ group chat!
Check in on Yourself
If you’re stuck at home and working outside of your normal routine, it’s important to take the time to check in on yourself and consider crafting a new routine to keep you from getting antsy or down. Be sure to practice some self care and make sure you are hydrating, eating properly, staying active, and doing your best to get the proper amount of sleep. This might also be a great time to try out that new hobby you’ve been eyeing.
Rely on Medical Authorities for Your Information
The media headlines won’t help with panic and anxiety, but if you want to stay in the know, refer to medical authorities and government websites such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Health Canada, or your local health units. These sites will provide the full context of the situation, rather than the bits and pieces that the media will report on.
Be Mindful of Others Who Can’t Implement Social Distancing
If you are in a position that allows you to work from home for an extended period of time, that’s great! But, for many reasons, some people are unable to do that. So practice empathy in what you share online about your stay-at-home experience.
Support the Vulnerable
COVID-19 is not just a disease that can affect the elderly. There are many people of every age who have compromised immune systems. If you are able, consider doing what you can to support those who can’t. For example, if you’re able to go to the grocery store for yourself, please consider doing so for friends or family for whom it would be a risk to go out right now. Or add a few extra items to the food bank donation box.
Support Small Businesses
Small businesses are being hit very hard financially. Though you may not be able to visit those businesses in person, check to see if they have online options that will allow you to support them.
The world will make it through this crisis and the economy will bounce back. Hopefully, people will learn many things from the experience and governments and companies will understand that prioritizing healthcare and well-being over corporate greed and ableism is better for everyone. Hopefully.
Also, here’s some comic’s news:
The Short Run Dash Grant is accepting applications until April 24 to help self-publishers finish their comics
The Very Very Shopping Network offered virtual shopping alternatives to the cancelled Emerald City Comic Con.
Mariko Tamaki is taking over Wonder Woman this summer.
Captain America artist Allen Bellman passed away at the age of 95.
Marvel is publishing a Shang-Chi miniseries ahead of the movie release.
Marjane Satrapi talks to the Financial Times about directing ‘Radioactive’, writing Persepolis.