Chances are you don't remember the first time you heard of the "coronavirus," now titled COVID-19. When the word was spreading around it was being compared to "just the flu" or simply a virus that other parts of the world were dealing with, not the United States of America.
Do you remember the moment you knew the coronavirus was for real?
Whether it be your favorite musician or band canceling their show (which may have now turned into canceling the tour), the NBA suspending the season, stores all across the country shutting down, or now practicing social distancing, there have been many startling transitions we've endured in just the past couple of weeks.
Do you have a distinct moment it hit you just how far coronavirus's wings could spread?
It is likely, in both of our lifetimes, we have never experienced anything quite like this, especially on such a global scale. We have never seen a pandemic cause such a dramatic change in our day to day lives.
But that is also the key.
You are not alone in this. If there is anything that history has taught us it is when things get really bad and we've almost hit the breaking point that people extend their hand to their neighbor (figuratively, of course). It's when altruism is displayed. It is when kindness comes to the forefront.
Is it okay to be scared? Of course, we are all human, after all.
But, we will get through this. It is important during trying times to keep a clear and mindful head and show concern rather than panic. With the support and empathy of our friends, family, and neighbors, we can overcome this.
Here are 5 social distancing tips from everyone at AIMM.
1. Wash Your Hands
You may be sick of hearing this, but it cannot be understated. Staying clean is important so you don't contract an illness yourself and to keep those around you healthy, especially individuals with compromised immune systems.
2. Only Go Out For Necessities
We know, we know. Spring is here and this is the time to finally leave your home and get some fresh, and warmer air. Unfortunately, to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, it is essential to only go to stores for groceries and necessary items.
3. Use Technology
Want to check in on relatives? Close friends? Give them a call and see how they are doing.
A call or text can go a long way right now.
4. You Can Still Get Outside
While you should definitely not be traveling to department stores, clothing stores, movie theatres, and restaurants, that doesn't mean you have to be chained to your couch. Go for a walk, do some yoga on your lawn, read a book outside. Just be sure to be mindful of others.
5. Remember that Hobby/Task/Book You've Been Putting Off?
Has there ever been a better time to take advantage of catching up on that show you've always wanted to watch, picking up that guitar in your closet, or reading that book you bought a few years back?
One of the healthiest things you can do during hardship is find a way to spin it into a positive situation.
We know this is an incredibly difficult time for many, many people. Please be mindful and kind to others, stay safe, wash your hands, and don't let the coronavirus stop you from growing. You can even take online courses to continue sharpening your music skills.
You can still sing, you can still play your instruments, you can still contact your friends via technology. You can still smile.
We will do our best to keep you updated regarding AIMM's schedules, but if you have any questions or concerns you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.