It’s pretty crazy thinking how it’s all unfurled the past month or so. Who would’ve thought things would’ve spiraled this much and that things would be shutting down left, right and center? (Well, probably anyone who knew anything about infectious diseases. I read an article today saying that for people who actually study these things, it was a matter of when, not if, something like this would happen.)
I’m pretty grateful I’m not living somewhere where the situation’s pretty dire. Which isn’t to say I’m not affected, although it’s peanuts compared to what other people are going through.
When news of the virus first came out, I started seeing people wearing masks in public. Then it died down after government reassurances that there was no reason to wear masks and to calm down. (Now more people are wearing masks again.)
We noticed that a certain “Asian” suburb nearby where we’d always go for Asian food was seeming a lot emptier than usual. And there was absolutely no problem with getting tables anywhere. I don’t think I’d seen a single restaurant that was even a third full, and this is usually a suburb bustling with people.
And of course there’s toilet paper gate. We were down to our last two rolls before we found some. And if we had literally been at the shops more than 30 minutes after it opened we wouldn’t have gotten any. Being Asian, I already carried hand sanitiser with me anyway (haha), but I unluckily left it at a restaurant one day and it was a couple of weeks before I found any. Crazy.
We had a meeting at work to nut out the contingency plan. We’re all supposed to take our laptops home so if something happens we can all work from home. I ended up self-isolating for a couple of days this week because I was feeling a little warm – not enough for a low grade fever, but still.
Even today — I was supposed to go interstate for the weekend but I decided to cancel my trip last minute. 🙁 So it’s going to be a quiet weekend in. At least I’ll get to do my errands and admin.