COVID-19 Is No Laughing Matter – New Mobility Magazine

Humor has always been my chosen weapon for combating depressing news. It helped me cope with my spinal cord injury and has helped me deal with difficult situations many times since. When I posted a photo of a local supermarket produce section that had been stripped bare of kale as local shoppers reacted to the early warnings about COVID-19, it seemed funny:

Over a week later, I’m not laughing. When I posted that, there had only been one confirmed case in my state. Now, the governor of Oregon declared a state of emergency. The number of confirmed cases is growing. If that wasn’t enough evidence that things are serious, now Costco has stopped handing out free samples.

There’s a good argument the majority of the population should just chill out, wash their hands regularly and use common sense. It appears that for most people, COVID-19 only results in mild symptoms, so the idea of letting the virus run its course and not spreading it to others who may be at higher risk makes sense.

The advice I keep getting hung up on is the recommendation that if you think you are sick or may be infected, then you should stay home and quarantine yourself. That’s good and all, but what about those of us who rely on personal care assistants?

I’ve got a stockpile of meds, supplies and cleaning materials that would make even the most ardent doomsday prepper envious, but without my personal care attendants being able to come to my house, it’s less useful than the blank pages one Australian newspaper printed as a solution to the nation’s toilet paper shortage.

If you think you’re contagious, asking a caregiver to break a quarantine feels kinda shady. Not only are you jeopardizing their health by requiring them to be in your vicinity, but you’re enlisting them in an agreement to act against the common good.

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