How Are You Coping with the CoronaVirus?
I received over 100 responses! I will publish parts of your responses in the next 3 posts. I will, of course, edit these answers to protect their authors’ identities, but I wanted you to hear that the fears, worries, and stresses you are experiencing are not unique. You are not alone in this.
I am working on categorizing them as best I can and mixing the positive with the negative.
Working on a Shop Floor
I’m still working; my company is deemed essential since we provide wire and products for a variety of industries.
My husband is disabled and is self-quarantined to limit his exposure. I have an auto-immune disease and asthma, and I asked to limit my exposure – to work from home and come into the plant on 2nd shift (with only 4 workers instead of the 20 or so during 1st shift), but was told there were “no exceptions”.
I wear blue rubber gloves when I’m out on the production floor and when I go out to the grocery store. We have hand sanitizer EVERYWHERE and I use it when I come back to my office and take my gloves off.
Working from Home and Leaning on His Faith
I’m now working from home since our office was indefinitely closed 2 weeks ago. We don’t have kids at home any longer. I’m very concerned about my job (sales for a consulting services firm) as all my clients and prospects have put spending and new projects on hold until things stabilize. My wife and I are trying to prepare ourselves for the possibility that I may lose my job if this crisis goes on very long.
Overall, I think I’m coping fairly well. It’s impossible not to worry or be affected by it all. I’m trying to keep things in perspective and be thankful for all the good things I do have in my life. I lean on my faith as a follower of Jesus. I’m old enough now to look back over many difficult times in my life and know that he has never failed me and I can trust him. I’m far from perfect, so I certainly get down at times!
Working from Home is Fun for an Outgoing Introvert
I am working from home and in a good place—healthy, the family is here, & they are healthy.
I have my own consulting business post-retirement and my clients are working from home; I am not traveling now, but am still supporting them. As I am not traveling, I am billing more hours this week and last.
Go figure! Working from home is fun for an outgoing introvert!
Job is on Hold and Creating Structure to Cope
My contract with a non-profit is “on hold” (not terminated) as of today with the possibility of bringing me back for a few weeks if schools return to session. So I’ve had about an hour of work to do each day, which ends today. My first line of business is to try to establish some type of daily routine to give my days some structure. When I have a structure, I have less anxiety. This will be a work in progress. For now, I seem to be able to plan just a few days ahead.
Being outside is going to be an important factor for me. It’s going to be raining on and off for the next week which will make it tough. I think just getting into the car and driving somewhere with my husband will have to be good enough on those days.
I don’t have a master plan at this point. Just taking it one day at a time…
Elderly Parents Afraid to Leave their House
Our schools and offices are closed. My husband and I are working from home and our two high school students are learning online.
My two elderly parents live nearby so I am getting them groceries and supplies because they are afraid to leave their house. These are very difficult, surreal times but we will get through this together. I am grateful that my family can be home and we have the necessary supplies.
I pray for the well-being of health care workers and all those working on the frontline to help us.
Note: A common theme is many of you are dealing with elderly parents.
The Whole Family is Together
I work in the entertainment industry and have been working remotely from home for the past week. My wife has been placed on paid hiatus from her job.
We are also dealing with 3 kids aged 9,12, and 15 who have been home due to school closures and require attention with their school work, etc.
A silver lining to this situation is that the whole family is together and we all work from a large dining room table.
Government Contract has Ended
I am doing okay. Unfortunately, the government contract I was working on ended, right before the critical position that we find ourselves in right now.
With the pandemic on the rise, and with more of us working from home, new opportunities seem to be coming up every day. I am continuing to look for another work from home position. Fingers crossed.
Living Day-to-Day is a New Normal
I’ve worked from home along with my wife since 2004, so working from home in a crowded house is nothing new.
My wife’s company (a small high-end clothing line) will soon be shutting doors for 8 weeks and she will be furloughed. We rely on her earnings, so I hope my mortgage company will furlough my payments. (I’m not holding my breath.)
I work for an IT company in the US and the tariffs were bad enough before all this. It has been brutal with China going offline but with them going back to work, that is a bright spot. I do worry about being employed next month and next quarter just the same.
Living day-to-day is a new normal I’d rather not have but I don’t get to choose…
Oil and Gas Industry Contractor
My project management role is in the oil and gas industry. We were told to work from home starting Monday. The industry is very safety-conscious and they are practicing social distancing on the construction sites that have not stopped work altogether. Spending is being scaled back in proportion to the expected revenue losses.
Since I am a contractor, I expect to have my hours cut back or be laid off within the next month or two.
It’s like WWIII Combating a Virus
I have been laid off. My husband, who works mostly remotely, is fine. His company is now having those who can work remotely do so. My friends with small businesses were forced by the virus to close indefinitely. It’s just crazy how this virus is affecting the planet.
It’s like WWIII combating a virus…
My 88-year-old Father is in a Nursing Home
I’m currently teleworking from home, as are most of my co-workers. Thankfully, my paycheck is secure for now.
My wife has her own physical therapy practice and has experienced a big drop in clients coming in due to the fear of the virus. The children are both grown and on their own.
Our son is a (removed) with the US Marine Corps so he’s been deemed “mission essential” and continues to train. Our daughter is a (removed), and she too is working from home during this time. My 88-year-old father is in a nursing home where outside visits have been fully restricted. We can only drop things off for him with the staff and he’s told us by phone that they are having the residents eat in their rooms versus in the dining room. So far we’ve been able to get the groceries we need and as long as that continues I think we’ll come through this just fine.
This is just the first of 3 posts that I will be publishing. Notice the focus on jobs, family, and parents.
The 2nd post in this series can be found here.
Do you see yourself in any of these responses? If so please comment below.Marc Miller
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