Quarantine Series

3 Lessons from the Pandemic

When we are old and gray, (if we survive these  days) we will ask each other – Where were you when COVID happened?

We will all have our stories to tell. This time will shape us all. It will change how we  think, our financial decisions, political views and maybe even career options. This is our generation’s version of World War.

For months, I’ve been following COVID news. My son and his family had travel plans to Japan. I also worried about my husband, Dave. Years ago, he had pneumonia and he catches flu easily.

As early as February,  I made changes at home. I increased our fruit and vegetable intake and we were more consistent with our daily walks. We had to be healthy.

I ordered more Vitamin C and Fish Oil from Amazon and I made sure we  were all taking these.

I  got four big bottles of 70% alcohol. I knew alcohol will ran out. I refilled spray bottles from Daiso and placed these all over the house.  

Fast forward March, we did a road trip to Michigan. Daily, I was watching the news and  FB updates from friends, both in Manila and here.

On our last night in Michigan, a friend in Arizona posted that grocery shelves were empty. It was midnight, but I told Dave we had to go to a 24 hour grocery. I knew that in a few days things will be crazy in California.

So we got 70% alcohol, water, and food without hassle in Michigan.

Driving back home, we were tuned in to the news. We did another stop in Amarillo to get more grocery. Friends texted me that shelves were empty. They had to drive around and line up long hours at Costco and Target.

Thank God, we didn’t have to do that. We didn’t have to stand in long lines.

I learned a few lessons:

Use social media wisely. FB is a good way to keep updated. This is how I find out if there will be typhoon in Manila – this way I can tell my kids how to prepare.

We all read FB and the news, but sadly, people waited until the last minute to react.

Be proactive. If there is crisis going on,  always ask yourself- how likely is this to affect me. It is better to err on the side of caution than to be caught unprepared.

Have an emergency checklist:

  1. Cash – In case of power failures (think earthquakes, typhoons) ATMs may not work. We must have a little emergency cash – always.
  2. Always have basic home supplies like medicines, food, water
  3. Never let your car tank go below half.

I pray that this  will end soon. But more than that, I pray that we will learn our lessons.  Because I am certain, this is not the last crisis we will face.

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