The COVID-19 Diaries (April 2020)

Dear Reader,

Can you believe that we have muddled through a full calendar year under the oppression of COVID-19? Last month, I looked back on how quickly the coronavirus situation surged in the U.S. by revisiting some of my March 2020 blog posts (more here). Today, I would like to continue and conclude this reminiscence by looking at how the situation went from bad to worse over the course of April 2020 with the aid of my blog entries.  

Events happening in blog posts do not necessarily correspond exactly with the dates the posts were published. Delays of a few days are common.

April 2, 2020

People continued to panic buy and stock up on food, which made grocery stores a hub of activity and prime target for contagion fears. I know people who were sanitizing their milk cartoons and handling their shopping bags with gloves — I think we have all calmed down a bit in 2021. However, during this time, we made it a point to cook and bake more at home.

Post excerpt: How often do you find yourself at the grocery stores these days? I haven’t shopped in over two weeks and now I see that the supply of fresh foods in the refrigerator is scarce.

April 4, 2020

How did we make quarantine more bearable? Well, according to one study, alcohol became the remedy of choice for many with consumption among adults increasing by 14% from 2019 to 2020.

Post excerpt: “They say that you don’t need alcohol to have fun. This pandemic proves that you don’t need fun to have alcohol.” – meme circulating on Facebook

April 11, 2020

Remember when working remotely was a novel and exciting experience? “Tele-medicine” entered our vocabulary and Zoom downloads skyrocketed (as well as stock in the company). While some lockdowns began in March, April was when these policies really began to span nationwide.

Post excerpt: When we are sitting in a Zoom room, we stare at our colleagues, our open email inboxes, or at other internet windows. However, one place we certainly are not looking during our virtual meetings is into each other’s eyes. 

April 23, 2020

With warm weather quickly approaching, some states (looking at you Georgia) considered lifting some social distancing policies early.

Post excerpt: Just as expected, the lifting of strict social-distancing policies in Georgia is being met with considerable resistance.

April 2020 was a TOUGH year… I mean month. There was so much unpleasant change and in some places COVID-19 was treated like a political issue rather than a global health crisis. I am so fortunate to be able to write this post in April 2021 when the vaccine is being made available to more and more people every day.

I wish you good health, Dear Reader, and stay safe. Unfortunately, it’s STILL not too late to catch the coronavirus….

Love,

Raven

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