It has been brought to my attention that the governments in many states are issuing “stay at home” orders. My state has issued such a thing, so what is in the stay at home order for my state? Well, nonessential business has to close, most businesses can be remote and telecommuting is allowed. However, essentials like feeding livestock, food distribution and delivery from places like grocery stores and restaurants is allowed, and then there’s healthcare. Luckily, essential healthcare services are allowed in my apartment, and my home health aids have been good about coming, most of them at least. This one we currently have is amazing, and I want to thank her and the thousands of others for coming in and fighting on the front lines of this pandemic, which includes disabled and elderly folks who have compromised immune systems.
However, I understand the need to explain the usurpation of natural rights to leave one’s home to do what we want and gather and socialize. First and foremost, in Colorado, there’s a fine of $999 for not obeying the stay at home order if you are a repeat offender. I understand that there are a lot of stupid people who think the stay at home orders don’t apply to them, and we need a way to get the message across. But in other places, leaving the home means lethal force, like martial law. This is too much. I’d encourage governments to only affect the pocketbooks, not the lives, of individuals seeking to leave a home. And God forbid if someone was being abused, please, forgive the wife and children whose husband is very abusive and can’t be trusted. So what can you do in a lockdown situation?
- Communicate with friends, and participate in zoom meetings. See the video chats 101 post I did in this blog.
- Walk your dog while practicing social distancing.
- Go to pharmacies and doc offices and get care, including prescription meds.
- Go to the grocery store to pick up food, practicing appropriate social distancing.
- Exercise in fresh air, provided you stay six feet away from your neighbor.
That’s about it. You could pick up food for family members at high risk, and it doesn’t matter where you get the food. Restaurant food is just as good, but I have a note for those who think it’s okay to keep churches open. You can’t, it’s currently against the law for churches to stay open. You can’t have gatherings of ten or more, and the president may get the ball rolling by April 12 to lift some of the restrictions. Ugh. He doesn’t seem to get it. Human lives over profits, that’s what I’d do. If that was me in Trump’s shoes, I’d have locked down the country, and banned lethal force of course. I’d have given police departments guidance on how to enforce the stay at home order on a national scale, and I’d have given the police no leeway for brutality. Trust me on this, it won’t be easy for some to pay for visiting a friend in need, and that’s what we need to do now. We need to stand together and help one another through this time of crisis, and never ever use lethal force. However, entitled white privileged folks will probably get the virus if they don’t obey the orders, which more than half of them probably won’t. The stupids make the rest of the world look bad, and our case count has topped China’s and Italy’s, which makes it all the more important to … STAY AT HOME!
So what can you do in a serious abuse situation? If you’re a wife reading this and you feel as though your husband is controlling every aspect of your life, please note I see you. Please read the prior post on abusive situations, and Dr. Phil McGraw’s video is also on YouTube, just don’t let your husbands see this video. I love Dr. Phil and his videos, and during this time of crisis, the Dr. Phil show is in hiatus.
So, if you are a fan of his work, check out Dr. Phil’s YouTube channel. He posted an important one for victims of abuse. During lockdown, it is important for abuse victims to get out, more important than ever that they seek shelter in a place without the virus present.
Thank you for reading.