Stay safe out there, everyone!
I walked into one of my favorite local grocery stores after depositing what could be my last real paycheck for March and saw the tell-tale signs of a community in panic. Toilet paper was gone, milk supplies running low, and other cleaning essentials wiped out. I got a text from my mother and sister, desperately on the hunt for toiletries my grandmothers needed to get through the day.
The next few weeks were the ones that really baffled me: at-risk demographics were shopping at stores and going about their days like nothing was happening. Clinging to some sort of normalcy, maybe, or just too stubborn to take any concern as health organizations published statement after statement about how important it is for the public to help “flatten the curve” of COVID-19.
Weeks later, the United States is almost blanketed in shelter-in-place orders, yet my home state refuses to issue one…
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