- Many of us have loved ones that have compromised immune systems and want a hard line of “no travel” but want to support businesses at this time.
- I personally had three trips scheduled in March: Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Kansas City. I cancelled two and kept one as an essential work trip.
- During my Kansas City flight I was wearing a mask and gloves. I felt like a freak show.
So, we have never seen anything like this. A non-discriminating highly concerning virus that seems to favor the lungs and immune compromised and the seventh strain of its kind. For a lot of people, there is an inner conflict about the newly given rules to stay home and work. But what if you can’t because you have rent, food, bills and other basic financial obligations that you don’t trust the federal government to cover?
You may find yourself in a pickle. Many of us have loved ones that have compromised immune systems and want a hard line of “no travel” but want to support businesses at this time. You can do your part to “flatten the curve” and also be proactive, like-support the takeout portion of small businesses in your area that are being affected. Taking personal responsibility and do your part during this international health crisis is a must.
If you must travel for work, here are some things that you can do to be personally and socially responsible:
- Begin ramping up your vitamin intake and immunity (Using vitamin C, D, Zinc, Elderberry, Garlic, and multivitamins are amongst some popular supplements that can help. Consult your healthcare professional first).
- Begin charting your temperature daily before you travel.
- Sanitize and prioritize: Sanitize-Wipe down the area you will be occupying before and after. Hand sanitizer, and or soap and water to wipe down surfaces. Prioritize-Prioritize your travel and trips to the store (Please don’t leave unless you must).
- Wash your hands with soap religiously.
I personally had three trips scheduled in March: Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Kansas City. I cancelled two and kept one as an essential work trip. As I prepped for my travel, this virus began its big sweep and the world truly changed on my end the week of March 13th.
The 4-5 trips to multiple stores every other day began with me charting my temperature daily as I prepared to fly to Kansas City. It would be my first trip there and I was looking forward to it. As different cities across the US put rules for staying home and physical distancing in place, independent workers and people that have to travel for work that want to comply and also not put themselves in harms way have a rough decision.
Here is what is interesting about the travel portion of this: during my Kansas City flight I was wearing a mask and gloves. I felt like a freak show. The captain, flight attendants and TSA agents weren’t wearing masks. Some were wearing gloves, and some were not. I actually had a flight attendant say to me, “I’m already exposed to whatever I’m exposed to.” There was another flight attendant that said to me, “This is so over done, I think the media is blowing this out of proportion.”
When I landed at my destination Friday March 20th, we were greeted with a thank you for supporting the travel industry, and a “stop listening to the news” PSA as we deplaned. Which begged the question: Is there a disconnect or lack of trust that our government will take care of us at this time? Is that why we still work, fly, commute and risk it? And is it any surprise with the current administration, that people feel distrust of the government meeting the very diverse financial needs of the American people? Given that none of us have ever been in this situation, is there any reason why anyone should? To find answers for the future I often look to the past.
During the pandemic of 1918, (and we should probably stop calling it the “Spanish Flu” because that’s racist AF) According to adjunct professor Brian Angel of UC Santa Barbara the US government wound up going into a repression following the pandemic as there was minimal federal government financial support for citizens. As of March 24, the Federal government has put together a stimulus deal.
For the entrepreneur and small business owner that spent ten years of blood, sweat tears and sacrifice to finally see a peak in your business, to the business owner that just opened their business, to the healthcare professionals and anyone that feels like giving up at this time: Please remember the immortal words of Winston Churchill:
“We shall not fail or falter. We shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we will finish the job…And, never ever-ever give up.”