Sunday draws to a close, as we're about to start the bedtime routines. We're approaching the end of our first week, technically started on Tuesday last week, looking to start another workweek in the morning.
In nearly every way, this was practically a typical shut-in Sunday. Breakfast, play time, kids on iPads, dad napping in front of the television...
The wife did break quarantine again, for a humanitarian mission to fetch supplies for her tech-challenged and self-quarantining mother. She ran through a few Target stores to fetch some requested supplies, dropping them at her mom's door, trying to protect her from exposure. They've been chatting more on the phone, and we're trying to think of ways to talk her through video, in case she needs a dose of faces.
My mom lives in a rural town surrounded by farms and other small towns, not as popular, although still charming. She's tech savvy, but doesn't live in a delivery-much community, so she can't take advantage of that. She'll drive "into town" to hit a Walmart for groceries, as the options in her town are limited to a hardware store and gas stations. My mother also hosts my brother, who had been working until his place laid people off; I'm not sure if he's in or running about.
Both of our mothers are retired, and have been homebodies since before the social distancing direction was given. They both live an hour away, give or take, out of the city, so their risk of exposure is different. Her mom, though, lives in a bedroom community to our city, popular with the "get away close" party crowd, which brings its own troubles.
I spent my time home with the kids, keeping them fed and doing a little playtime, too, and being tech support when iPads went awry. I did watch a new movie on Netflix while the little one napped. I'll blog a blurb about that after the kids go down for a nap, and try to remember to come back here to link it, now that I've teased.
I'm looking forward to audio and video work with adults tomorrow. There's been a little asynchronous chatting, but meetings start in the morning. Work as normal, as much as we can, is our direction. I start with calls to India while the kids eat breakfast.
In Minnesota they've reported 169 confirmed cases, and the state's first death of a confirmed patient; 57 cases in the largest county. The CDC reports 15,219 confirmed cases, and 21 deaths of confirmed cases, with confirmed cases in all of its states and territories. The WHO reports 292,142 confirmed cases, and 12,784 deaths of confirmed cases. I don't mean to make this into a scoreboard, especially since all of those places are keeping tabs, and I've linked (and will add links to the sidebar of this blog later). I did want to note our first death, an 80-year old man, and put our local status in the overall scale.
I'm in the camp that believes we've got a lot more cases than this. One of the consistent messages is that there aren't enough tests to go around, and that not everyone is being tested. That 169 cases in Minnesota, comes out of 4600 identified tests. I'm sure there are many more people that have it but don't know (yet). Either they're not symptomatic (yet), or they have symptoms but don't think this is what it is, or maybe they just haven't been tested and confirmed. Some of the skyrocketing we've seen and will continue to see will be because testing continues. Also because symptoms will start appearing in affected people, and because people with symptoms will seek treatment.
Another thing that goes unsaid, but was almost said when they said "don't get tested just to check" in the talk yesterday, is that getting tested and finding out you haven't got it doesn't mean you are immune; just that you haven't gotten it yet. Hopefully someone who tested negative continues to take precautions and stays that way. I'd be concerned that where I was waiting for my testing would make me sick.
Everyone's healthy, still. No fevers or unexpected coughs. Still mostly sane.