A word on Covid-19...
I know, I know.
EVERYONE is posting, writing, talking, crying, and sick of hearing about, Covid-19.
I get it. I'm simultaneously overwhelmed and tired of it too!
BUT. As a website aimed at first responders and emergency services personnel, I would be remiss to ignore the topic as if there was not a global pandemic going on! I'm not going to get into deep details; there are plenty of other resources to find out what we know about the virus, how to protect yourself, family, etc, what changes are being made [by the hour, it seems].
I will say that I encourage you all to find reliable, factual, and scientifically-backed resources that aren't focused on fear-mongering. The CDC website is a great place to start. If you follow this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html you'll be directed to the CDC's "about Coronavirus" page, where they have a lot of useful information.
If you are a first responder, I will simply say "thank you". It's hardly enough, but I hope you know, that in the wake of this crisis, those two little words carry more weight than ever.
Additionally, don't forget to take care of yourself! I don't just mean hand-washing and proper hygiene (that's the obvious stuff). I also mean your mental health. Emotional health. Those "touchy feely" things most of us avoid talking about. :) I'm not telling you to thoughtlessly check yourself into therapy (that should always be a researched decision), or try mediating for 15 before bed (I know you're asleep 15 seconds after your head finally hits the pillow), or try a detox juice flush (just...don't).
What I WILL suggest are things like this: check in with your coworkers- share a laugh, send a text; make time for friends and/or family- spend a few minutes reading to your kid before bed, remind your spouse you love them, call your parents, video message a friend; keep hydrated! I know it's tough when you're running around all day, but if nothing else, chug some H2O when you can sneak in a bathroom break! Chug in the morning, and chug some more before bed- it all adds up. Hydration is a topic for another post, but in short, dehydration not only leaves you thirsty, but also lethargic, foggy-headed, and irritable. Drink up!
And if you are a lay person, a family member of a first responder, or just a curious blog-reader (hello!)...you can do this. We all can. We all will. Because frankly, what other choice do we have? Give up on everything? Hell no! We fight with everything in us! We stay home when directed, we support our fellow humans, we donate to charities, we keep ourselves healthy (if not for yourself, for your spouse, your kids, your dog). If you are currently out of work- hang in there. It's going to be a rough go of it for a while, but we will rebuild. If humans are nothing else, we've proven that our species is resilient, especially if we have community behind us.
So, friends, I semi-apologize for yet another Coronavirus post. But I also don't. Because it affects each and every one of us, and you need to know that we are all in this together.
Back to regular posting soon!!