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Letters: How are you self-isolating?

Johnson City Press • Mar 22, 2020 at 6:00 AM

With Monday’s Question of the Week, written before two cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) were identified in Washington County on Friday, we asked how our readers were social distancing to avoid the spread of the virus. Here are some responses we received.

We have to make the best of it

I’m keeping social distance as best as I can. My church, First Christian, has canceled in-person services for at least the next two weeks, but our senior minister is leading a prayer group on social media every morning (except Sunday). I’m praying more, and trying to worry less.

I look at the self-quarantine time as an opportunity for a jump-start on several community projects I am involved with. I have a long list of things I have been putting off, but want and need to accomplish. Cleaning and organizing closets. Spring cleaning drawers in my kitchen. I hope that I will find long-lost objects in the junk drawer in my kitchen. Cleaning out my freezer by consuming some of the contents, and then replenishing the shelves. Reading several books in my ever-growing stack of books to be read. Writing several notes that are long overdue.

I am making a list of people I’ve not talked to in far too long, and making a phone call or two every day. Today I got to spend telephone time with a friend from childhood, time that we both enjoyed and promised each other to do again before too much time passes. Enjoying an extra cup of morning coffee. Listening to Mozart and other favorite composers. If we are still quarantined when they’re in full bloom, clipping bouquets of fresh flowers from my yard and sharing with friends.

This is how I’m social distancing, and it doesn’t sound half bad!

REBECCA HENDERSON
Johnson City

Think of those who can’t isolate

My husband and I “escaped” Washington state six weeks ago. We love East Tennessee, our new home, our new community. We’re fortunate that being able to self quarantine isn’t a problem for us because we can both work from home.

My concern is for the workers in the restaurants. We do continue to eat out frequently, because these servers, dishwashers, hosts, etc., still have to go to work. In talking to our server yesterday, I was surprised to hear he is barely making it. He relies on his tips, as they don’t even make minimum wage. I hope there is going to be compensation for these people. Like our server, they have families.

I understand about limiting social interaction. But people have to survive, to pay bills, to eat. What about them? I appreciate our President taking action but if there is any red tape that will prevent immediate funding to the people that need it most, that needs to be done away with swiftly.

TERI BABCOCK
Johnson City

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