For me, this is day three of social distancing. Saturday I went to the farmer's market and the grocery store. The grocery store had the empty shelves that everyone is talking about, while the farmer's market had fewer vendors. I didn't go out again until Sunday evening for a walk at a very large shopping mall. There it was easy to maintain social distancing, because most stores were closed for the day. Which brings me to today, where I only went outdoors to do some yard work. There are weeks more of this ahead. Weeks.
Social distancing does not mean stepping away from doing work. It does mean perhaps doing work in different ways. It doesn't mean having no contact with people. It does mean having contact with others in ways that keeps everyone safe from COVID-19. It doesn't mean being selfish. It does mean taking care of the community in a very different way than normal.
Days 1 and 2 felt normal, but today does not. And knowing that this will continue on for weeks means that somehow I - and others - need to become comfortable with this new normal. Tips welcome.
So how are you doing? What do you need help with? Leave a comment and let's get through this together.
A Mixed Bag of Resources
- Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research
- Vox. (Mar. 16, 2020) What are the rules of social distancing?
- SAMSHA. Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health:Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak
- Barrett-Fox, Rebecca. Please do a bad job of putting your courses online
- World Health Organization. Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak
A Few Resources to Stay Engaged and Entertained
- 100+ Free Video Read Alouds (for children)
- Storyline Online (for children)
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems! (video)
- Metropolitan Opera to Offer Up ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams’ (video)
- Project Gutenberg (books)
- Internet Archive Open Library (books)
- The Philharmonie Berlin (music)