Doing my own research

As I traverse the Covid-19 news, I find conflict in my understanding. I want to be wise is my approach to this virus. Yet, I really can’t find a middle ground (which is my preferred spot) so I can conduct my life in the best way possible.

I find when I google covid-19:

“In depth info: How it spreads, Incubation period, Who is most at risk

              Followed by – For information purposed only. Consult your local medical authority for health                      advice”

Heading under local and national resources are: General information, Re-openings, Testing, Quarantine, Travel

Okay so this sounds like good resources.

Then there are the common questions like – Is a headache a sign of the disease? Who’s at risk for severe Covid-19? Looks good.

But then we get these-Does Antonio Banderas have Covid-19? Does Alyssa Milano have Covid-19? Really? Seriously? These are some common questions in the height of this situation? The weight and value given to anything pertaining to celebrity stuns me. I don’t know them, their lives have no bearing on me, why are they important enough to push ahead of information like the following:

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face
Masks or no mask. I guess it depends on whether you are gathering for a high profile funeral or collecting together to protest, then this is up to personal discretion.
Each state has an online presence with particulars for the citizens of that state. Go look for yourself.
One thing I can share from personal experience is while living in Misawa, Japan I often saw Japanese people, young or old, wearing masks. I discovered it is done when an individual is sick and provides them a way to protect others while working or going to school. In their culture you don’t skip work or school with a cold, flu, etc. It is just not done, so you mask up to protect others. When you are well you go without one. I wonder how differently Americans would feel if we practiced this?
So…I wear a mask when required in order to buy groceries, gas, home improvement supplies, animal supplies and anything else I cannot have delivered. I live in a rural are without access to delivery outside of Dominos. I wear a mask to my church as do the other members.
But let me tell ya, pulling that thing off once I’m in my car feels as good as yanking off a bra when I get home!
My grandson started Kindergarten today, at home, Zooming on a laptop. It’s not ideal but at least he is learning the discipline of it, and once he can go face to face school, he will know his wonderful teacher’s faces, and his classmates too.
My daughter started teaching today as well, same school and same way as grandson is learning. I pray for them both as they wander the covid learning maze. Being only five, he has a tendency to mind wander.
So I guess my advice to you is what I am trying to take myself: do your own research. Don’t go to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for information.
Cheers!
-N

For Real?!

Ok, I seriously don’t get it. These humans cannot be for real.

You know the ones I mean, everyone has seen the photos. Usually titled “Wal-Mart customers” and show a series of seriously disturbing pictures of humans in various costumes which I have to think had to have been done on purpose.

Why would someone, anyone wear any of this in their own home much less in public? These photos have to be a set up and these people are part of the gag. My initial reasoning is there are no innocent bystanders nearby staring at them with a shocked, deer-in-the-headlights expression on their faces. Trust me, if I saw someone who was dressed like any of these people that’s what I would do.

That leads me to my second reason why these have to be staged. I have never seen this in any of the Wal-Mart’s I’ve been to, even the ones in the south. I’ve been to stores in South Carolina,Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico and Arizona and nothing-zip-nada.

One wonders why an individual would allow themselves to be photographed in this way and be displayed so disparagingly? To allow oneself to be ridiculed and viewed with contempt is beyond me. But isn’t this what many celebrities do? Except they have the looks to get away with it, and their antics are usually kept to venues where such acts are acceptable and expected.

It must have something to do with wanting fame.

In what environment does laughing about the now viral shot of your huge butt crack or nasty camel toe lend itself to thoughts of esteem building, fame and fortune? It really does sum up the allure of reality TV. Reality TV is the soap opera of my mother’s time. Topics not for public consumption were dredged up and put on display to help the average housewife/college student live vicariously in the romance, pain and intrigue.

Who decided these people’s lives and their unwarranted narcissism is interesting and worth my time? Who wants to see a marriage crumble under the onslaught of real or imagined infidelity? What is “real” about this stuff and what compels someone to display themselves like this? If a camera is following you around while you conduct your life it isn’t real and won’t be.

If you really want to immerse yourself in living someone else’s life, do your brain a favor and read about it in a book. Exercise your mind and develop your imagination in a way the side-show antics of over paid and non-talented celebrity lives can never do.

So leave the too tight, too short, too see-through and too nasty at home and give Wal-Mart shoppers a rest.

-N