COVID has changed so many things in our lives. From the way we work to the way we socialize, almost every aspect of our lives is different right now. While I miss many things, I don’t want everything to go back to how it was before. There are a few things I’d like to keep after COVID.
Cleaning in public spaces is great.
I’ll admit that I’m a bit of a germaphobe. Just thinking about all those dirty surfaces from millions of hands at grocery stores or even the post office gives me the creeps. With the pandemic, stores have taken cleaning procedures that I’d prefer they keep. I enjoy the cart wipes, the wiping down of the credit card keypads, and the hand sanitizer stands.
Not only the stores, but our schools can keep it up too. It’s probably the cleanest they’ve ever been!
Wearing masks isn’t all bad.
Yes, it gets hot, and sometimes it is a pain when you have to turn around because you forgot one. However, masks have made a huge difference in our family’s health. My boys have avoided their normal colds this Fall and Winter. I haven’t gotten my yearly laryngitis or stomach flu from working with kids.
I’ve always been conscious of washing my hands, so I really think the masks have made a difference. Yes, I believe some of it is the increased cleaning and social distancing, but I also believe blocking out some of those germs is helping.
No, I don’t want to be required to wear a mask forever, but I do think it is a good idea during cold and flu season if you’re in close contact with people. We can protect our most vulnerable by putting up with a minor inconvenience.
Staying home when you’re sick is important.
I realize it’s hard to keep your sick kids at home when you have to work, but it’s also necessary. If we’ve learned anything from COVID, it’s that we can make even the hardest situations work. Also, our employers have learned that we can do almost anything from home.
So, if you or your kids are sick, please stay home. It doesn’t have to be COVID to be dangerous to other people. We never know who is fighting a silent battle and is immunocompromised. A simple cold to one can be deadly to others.
Please use those sick days or work with your employer or school to do things remotely.
Compassion is a Keeper.
We may not need to keep a social distance or wear a mask in the future, but we can still do things to show that we care for each other. We can go above and beyond what is asked of us to keep each other healthy and happy.
Remember making signs on our lawns to show our support for frontline workers or “chalking our walk” to make our neighbors smile? Let’s keep doing things like that. Do random acts of kindness, show your kids’ teachers you remember how hard their job is, and offer to help a struggling mom at the store.
Even though this COVID pandemic has been extremely challenging and heart-breaking, it has also brought out the best in a lot of people. Let’s keep that and continue to spread kindness.