Surviving the Pandemic

by blackspanielgallery

Surviving the pandemic will require keeping a good state of mind, which can happen by dwelling on the positives and not the negatives.

Surviving the pandemic is an imperative. It is not something that is merely optional. But how is surviving the pandemic and maintaining a stability possible? The pandemic places restrictions on our movements. It is the driving reason for financial collapse in major markets. In short, it has changed lives.

How much it affects you may depend on where you are located. In the United States there is a request that restaurants and bars close, except for take out food. Cinemas are closed. And sports are halted. Conventions and large meetings are being cancelled.

People are requested to limit gatherings to ten or less people. This restriction impacts planned events, with major gatherings being cancelled, some with the hope of rescheduling at a later date. This limitation also affects planed weddings. Club meetings are cancelled. Even churches are closed. The Archbishop of New Orleans gave a dispensation to allow Catholics the option to not attend Sunday Mass. Then, he ordered the cessation of all public Masses, Stations of the Cross, and even Confessions. In this highly Catholic area parishes raise money during Lent by selling fried fish plates. Not this year. People are not eating in, so the comradery is lost.

Schools were closed with just the weekend notice for parents to find alternative care for their children should they have to report to work. But many have no work to which to report.

Doctors are cancelling visits for checkups. Even my eye doctor cancelled a visit I had scheduled for over a week from now. Dentists are being restricted to necessary work only, so having teeth cleaned is not happening.

What Is Open

Food is available, but choices are limited.  Some people are buying more than is appropriate, making an unnecessary shortage.  Pharmacies are open.  Banks are open for drive through and automatic tellers, but some closed their lobbies.  Some stores remain open, although the City of New Orleans has ordered malls to close. 

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Seeing Some Good

While conditions are not great, and certainly some are seriously ill, with some deaths being reported, some good comes of this.


As airlines ground numerous planes, and cruise ships remain docked, I realize we are limiting, and maybe in a short-term reversing, global warming.  Adding to this is the reduction of vehicles being used as people work from home, and schools change to an online format.  A setback is recycling has been cancelled here.  While none of these things are pleasant in modern society, they may become the way of the future, so having a glimpse of how things could be may convince more people to become environmentally responsible.


While food is available, there are crowds in the stores and long lines.  The value in limiting exposure to the virus by reducing the number of visits to the store is obvious.  This causes one to pause before having that snack, since making food last longer is now a priority.  As we eat less, we might just lose weight.


Getting sunlight is recommended.  One activity that works is taking a walk.  Another is working in a garden.  So, we might exercise more during the crisis.


A healthier diet can also result.  Restaurants often fry many items, and salt is freely used.  Fewer restaurant visits may mean a healthier eating habit.


I have heard some movies are now planned to be released via streaming, for a fee.  That usually means a savings, since the popcorn and drinks are rather expensive at the movies, and an entire family can watch the movie for a single price.


Surviving a pandemic requires a positive attitude, and that is possible by concentrating on the positives while being aware of the many negatives.


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Updated: 03/21/2020, blackspanielgallery
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blackspanielgallery 7 hours ago


The news showed the cheering for the health workers in the U. K. There were uniformed people who could have been police standing well spaced in front of a large building clapping, at least a dozen of them. I suspect it was London, which the media seems to think is all of the U. K. Then they shower Prince William's three children clapping. Other than Manchester United when the World Cup is being played I doubt they realize Manchester is an actual place.

blackspanielgallery 21 hours ago

Morale boosting is important.

frankbeswick 21 hours ago

We in the UK had a morale boosting exercise in which at 8 pm last night the nation was filmed applauding the NHS [National Health Service.] We came out in the dusk and clapped and cheered. My street was filmed by Channel 4 news and they aired a brief interview with my wife. At the end I was briefly filmed in the street cheering. No one was directly healed through this, but the healers were boosted, so maybe they were empowered to carry on.

frankbeswick 1 day ago

Marsha, I always use Chrome, but I can use Edge, and I still have Internet Explorer available. Try resetting your router.

blackspanielgallery 2 days ago

Frank, I agree. I am in a position not far removed, except by an ocean, from yours. My small online selling business has been reduced to about half, and the companies that supply me with things to resell are not shipping, but that is on minor concern.
MBC, I am in Louisiana, which is also hard hit, a result of Mardi Gras.
Let's all be as positive as possible.

MBC 2 days ago

I live in Colorado which has about the 5th or so largest effected state. Thank goodness for our wonderful Governor, and all the Medical and emergency workers!

MBC 2 days ago

Frank what browser did you create this page on? I seem to be unable to sign in on chrome - my email is [email protected] Thanks Marsha Camblin

frankbeswick 2 days ago

I am trying to be positive by counting my blessings. This is important at this time of pestilence. Here they are: I have a secure income from pensions; my mortgage is paid off; I have a good wife and family; I have interesting things to do; there is enough food; I live in a law-abiding and generally secure country; I retired from examination work this year, so the closure of examinations does not deprive me of income; and I have my religious faith.

I think of the condition of some of my ancestors, who walked across Ireland and travelled on the decks of the potato boats to find work in Manchester, where they dwelt in disease-ridden slums. Yes we are having problems, but I have so much to be thankful for.

blackspanielgallery 3 days ago

In Louisiana the governor has ordered shutdown, with people allowed to go out for food and pharmacy needs, including restaurants for pick up orders only. Many are having phone orders so waiting time is eliminated, and they bring the food out to avoid people entering the place. Many accept credit cards only to avoid handling money. we can go out for exercise and to get to those places considered essential. They are not stopping people and asking where they are going, it is on a personal responsibility system. They are now forcing places not essential to close. Postal service is still working. Schools are closed. Barber shops and hair salons, as well as nail salons where physical contact is required are not open. Gyms are closed. Playgrounds are now closed. Walking paths are open.

Writing and reading on Wizzley are allowed!

frankbeswick 3 days ago

Britain has gone into lock down, with only essential travel permitted. I am permitted to go to my allotment, as exercise and work are permitted.

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