However, change will continues for us and many others in the coming weeks. I have been recommended to stay home for work and my daughter will be also coming come for school this coming week. Travel has been cancelled until further notice and many other normal situations have changed. Routine trips to purchase basic needs have become adventures of random luck to find them. This is not a surprise for many locals here as we are prone to catastrophes like Hurricane which also push many to hoard supplies to prepare for the worst.
Given my experience in these situations of emergencies and my risk management way of life, I started to buy supplies weeks before this had stated to gain traction elsewhere. I was holding off because of the pending move from one home to another but time was becoming a risk so we loaded up on food and supplies about a month ago. As the concerns were delayed, I continued to add to my supply each week as items continued to become available. That continued until this week as my visits to supermarkets and the pharmacy started to show aisles of missing items. While masks and hand sanitizers have been gone for weeks, now basic need items like toilet paper and water were gone or very limited.
Given what I have been seeing this week, I am surely not heading back to any stores soon. Instead, the family is getting ready to stay at home and get used to being around each other most of the time. For us, the benefit of moving into a new home brings the sense of discovery and adventure as we learn are way around the community and the home. We have a great backyard and if the weather continues as it has been, there will be great opportunities to be outdoor in the coming weeks. The facilities are also pretty great but we will probably steer clear of them given the recommendation of “social distancing” that has become prevalent from experts.
We still have a lot to learn with the upcoming challenges. Many are nervous which is understanding given that this is a lot of science that many do not know about. With the amount of inconsistent information available if we are not careful, it will not be surprising if panic sets in although I hope it does not get to that. However, like I normally do with any risk, it is better to be ready and not need it than need it and not be ready. There are many ways this can go but prioritizing the things that are most important is the best approach; keep your families safe.
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