Lessons that I Learned From the COVID-19 Pandemic
Seeing as how the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over, I am considering this a work-in-progress.
1. Modern Americans will panic-buy weird stuff (toilet paper, fresh food, bread, etc). If you are concerned about being able to get back to the grocery store or the items’ availability when you get back, then stock up on non-perishable foods and home goods that you regularly use. Hoarding perishable items is bad for many reasons, but are you really going to eat 10 loaves of bread before it goes bad? Plus, purchasing loads of stuff at the last minute will force others who may really need it to have to go without. Maintain a good supply every day so that you won’t fall into the panic when an emergency does occur.
2. The media and social media are MAJOR contributors to people’s panic, stress, and bad decisions. (Not a new lesson, but I wanted to include it.)
3. Americans have become very dependent on paper products (TP, paper towels, napkins ), so anything that you can do to reduce your dependency will give you a step ahead of your neighbors (as well as save you money).
4. The average modern American no longer cooks at home or knows how to make anything. Being a DIY’er at a time like this can help to reduce stress significantly. Knowing how to cook, and doing so regularly not only saves money and helps to keep you healthy, but during a pandemic, will significantly reduce the chance of you being exposed. All it takes is one infected restaurant worker to share the germs with a lot of people.
5. If the government orders a quarantine, do your part and STAY HOME. Don’t argue, don’t fuss, just do it. The government didn’t want to put quarantine orders into place, but when they asked people nicely to refrain from gathering in groups, and to limit outings, people didn’t listen. Weeks after the government began pushing protective measures, people were still going out and going about their daily routines as though there was nothing to be concerned about… This is why federal, state, and local governments took action and began tightening restrictions. These restrictions will continue to get tighter as needed until people stop pushing their luck, and the spread of the virus is under control. Then even after the virus is under control, the restrictions will need to stay in place for whatever period of time is necessary until people stop getting sick.
Each time someone new contracts the virus, that extends this pandemic for another 2 to 3 weeks or longer, so as long as people keep getting exposed to other sick people, we will continue to be restricted for the foreseeable future. So, instead of getting upset about the situation or being defiant because you don’t think that you should have to put up with it, just find something to do at home, and try to stay healthy and safe.
6. Preppers of all types truly learned the value of having the knowledge and supplies that they so carefully accrued.
7. A home garden of any size is invaluable when simply going to the store could be life threatening. Gardening has many benefits from the hobby of giving you something relaxing to do with your free time, to providing healthy food and herbs for you and your family.
8. There is still good people in the world. (Luby offering food) (OK jail making masks) (MD brewery making handsanitizer), a boat sail manufacturer in Maine retooled their sewing machines and began making masks to donate. Yes, over time the government did begin ordering manufacturers to stop making the items that they were making, and instead begin medical related supplies that are in extremely short supply. However, these people that I mentioned did what they did of their own initiative. The government didn’t have to order them to do this, they did what they did simply because they saw that it was severly needed and they knew that they had the ability to help. I’m sure that there is a lot more stories like this across the country and around the world, but these are just some that I came across. During this time of panic, stress, and dispair, it is encouraging to see that some people are still willing and interested in helping others even those who they may not know personally.