The Coronavirus is Not the Boogieman
Hold your horses! Calm down and use common sense, the coronavirus is not the Boogieman.
Hello everyone, Fired Up Fred is back! Did you miss me?
My grandson went off to college and didn’t fix my computer before he left, which left me yelling at the TV instead of writing to Edhat. My computer now fixed in time to calm your fears about the coronavirus.
Come on people just use common sense. Just remember all those things your Mom taught you! They still hold true. Wash your hands with soap and water. When using a public bathroom, if you have to sit on the toilet use that paper gasket and use a paper towel to turn off the water and open the door. For us in the older generation that are the most at risk, maybe refrain from shaking hands and you youngster's refrain from all that hugging. Not sure what that’s all about. In my generation hugging was reserved for grandparents and married couples.
Anyway, don’t get your panties in a knot, this too will pass. This virus will run its course. This is not the plague! Common sense is not so common.
Even at my elderly age I braved going out of the house to go shopping, I needed a new shirt. So I was standing in a long line on Friday morning. These shoppers were not afraid they still wanted to spend their money on something other than toilet paper. Standing in line watching the clerks check out people I noticed the clerk wearing rubber gloves. I watched closely as he worked handling the clothing items, paper money, and coins, which is unusual these days. As he was going about his work, he wiped his nose on the back of his rubber glove 6 times with that one customer. He’s young so I don’t worry about him but I do worry about the lady that was over 55 that was his customer and then I was next. I was hoping I would get another clerk but no I got rubber glove guy. My strategy was to use a credit card, use my handkerchief to grab the bag and wash my shirt when I got home. Old guys like me have to be careful. Kids don’t have much to worry about because they don’t even have real money, just cards. So, word to my generation, use a card if you have it and use common sense.
Don’t get me started about Costco Gate. Ridiculous! Buying up all the toilet paper. I have more sympathy for the college students that can’t get a hot dog and a soda for $1.50 because they aren’t a member. You know they will just stand there and have someone else buy it for them just like the underage kids when they want beer.
I was at my doctor's office last week and they told me someone stole a box of masks they had in their waiting room. Masks are not going to protect you. They are for sick people with symptoms so they don’t spread their airborne illness to you.
Look, your chances of getting this virus are rare but don’t put yourself at risk especially if you are elderly or have a medical condition. There you have it!
I’m Fired Up and my name is Fred!
Fred is a long time member of the Santa Barbara County who enjoys sharing his opinion on local issues.