Coronavirus, courtesy, and common sense (a vent post)
CORONAVIRUS. The coronavirus outbreak is increasing exponentially here in the states. People are starting to frantic buy and my family is literally down to our last toilet paper roll. It’s been difficult trying to find toilet paper that my oldest sister offered to donate a few. We were lucky to find single/small packs of toilet paper and flushable wipes at our local CVS and DollarTree store. I see some people trying to sell a 24-pack of toilet paper for crazy amounts of money. I’m really not surprised.
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A couple of days ago, our local Costco was out of all the essentials except water. I wasn’t mad though. I would rather have water over toilet paper. We were also able to find diapers and wipes after resorting to Pull-Ups and travel wipes. Seems like a lot of parents have a size 6 child running around. How fun is it to change a toddler in poopy pull-ups? I feel like I’m being forced to start potty training.
COURTESY. Both my sister and best friend joked about people needing to get a Bidet. It’s actually not a bad idea. After the first outbreak and 8 months into the Pandemic, the fires, the earthquakes, the riots – anything is possible. You’re actually setting yourself up for success when you prepare for the worse. Maybe a friendly reminder that we’re not on total lockdown. We’re still able to go out and purchase these items when we need them, but it’s difficult when there’s really nothing left to buy. It’s nice to be courteous of others, especially when you don’t necessarily need the products right-at-that-very-moment.
Canceling Christmas is an option this year. There was no questioning about it. It was simple – just cancel it. Then it became a conversation of breaking down the families into different days, so on and so forth. Of course, it’s easier said than done, especially when it’s the holidays and all you want to do is spend it with your loved ones. One thing’s for sure – this is definitely not a time to go out with a bang. I want everyone that I love to roll out into 2021, 2022, 2023…
Disclaimer: I am not here to give medical advice nor should you read this post as medical advice. Seek medical advice from your physician if needed.
COMMON SENSE. Using basic common sense to limit exposure to the virus is again, easier said than done, but it’s as simple as following what’s been asked of us since the outbreak first started.
- Wear a face mask PROPERLY
- Don’t touch your face with dirty hands
- Be aware of your surroundings and maintain a 6 feet distance
- Use proper hand hygiene (especially before taking off your mask and once you get home)
- Limit from congregating in large gatherings, especially when you’re eating and your face mask is off.
- Follow-up on COVID-19 updates
Just curious. When you see someone wearing their mask down to their chin talking to someone else, how does that make you feel? Or do you get worked up when you see someone wearing their mask with their nose exposed? I always give people the benefit of the doubt. So much that my husband gets mad at me when I do because he thinks that I’m taking “the other person’s side.”
So it looks like there are no exact dates on vaccines yet, but they do plan to distribute the vaccine to anyone who wants it.
As long as it’s FDA approved, I’m all for it.
Updates on Covid-19 vaccine:
The Covid-19 vaccine is not FDA approved. However, the FDA did authorize the use of the Pfizer vaccine for emergency use. No one is being forced to receive the vaccine. This includes healthcare workers.
Healthcare workers are one of the first to receive the Covid vaccine here in the states. If a healthcare worker is at increase risk of contracting the virus because he/she works closely with covid patients or may work in an acute hospital, then he/she will have the first option of receiving the vaccine. Again, healthcare workers are given the option to receive the vaccine and can decline if they wish to.
I am a nurse who works closely with Covid patients. This meant I was given the option to receive the vaccine. On December 20, 2020, I received my first Pfizer dose. I was told to wait at least 30 minutes after the vaccine was administered due to my anaphylactic episode after eating nuts. This was just a precaution; although, they were more concerned with anaphylaxis/anaphylactic episodes from certain medications. People with no history of anaphylaxis/anaphylactic episodes are told to wait for 15 minutes after administration.
I did not experience any side effects aside from soreness at the injection site. This lasted for about 1 1/2 days. After that, I was okay.
They say the Pfizer vaccine needs to be administered in 2 doses. After the 1st dose is administered, you would need to receive the 2nd dose 18-21 days after your 1st dose.
On January 7, 2021, I received my 2nd Pfizer dose. It was very different from the first dose which I expected. When Pfizer was tested in Europe, it was mentioned that the 2nd dose is the dose that usually causes symptoms. So, it was expected that symptoms would occur, and that is exactly what happened to me.
It started off with soreness at the injection site. It was so bad that I could not lift my arm nor sleep. I could not get comfortable. Shortly after, I was experiencing a slight chill and nausea. From then on, I was unable to rest nor sleep because I was uncomfortable the whole night.
I finally fell asleep without realizing it. When I awoke the next morning, I had a headache, body aches, fatigue, and a sore throat. I was not feeling well at all. The body aches were even worse. The symptoms finally subsided after I took Tylenol and Motrin. I felt better for the rest of the day.
Anyway, stay safe out there!
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