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A Whole New World: Big Adjustments in the Midst of a Pandemic

Marion Charatan

Posted on March 31, 2020 09:52

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In uncertain times such as these, we have to accommodate the changing landscape. But how to stay away from family you live with?

It's on everyone's minds. It's almost impossible to get away from coronavirus news. Every website or platform you look at has COVID19 as the lead story. 

Back in the day, when I was a reporter, the adage went 'if it bleeds, it leads.' The same holds true today. 

I am not minimizing the seriousness of this global health epidemic, a virus that is highly contagious and unpredictable in its wrath. Some seem to recover with the mildest of symptoms, while for other patients, the illness attacks with an unprecedented fury. 

The best advice I have gotten is to remain 'socially distant' and wash my hands repeatedly, which I am doing. I talk to friends nationwide, and it doesn't seem to matter if they are single or married--people are experiencing loneliness, fear and a feeling of powerlessness. 

TV and film production has changed overnight. I watch broadcast news and late-night talk programs at times and it's interesting to see how hosts are handling the latest rules to stay safe. Shows are not producing in-studio, for the most part, and if they do, there is only one anchor at the table and the rest of the staff tapes from their homes. 

I alternate between Fallon or Colbert for late-night viewing. Stephen Colbert is sophisticated and intelligent. Recently,he broadcast from his bathtub at home. Did I like this? Not really. I found it a bit gimmicky. I prefer when he sticks to jokes and sharp political commentary. It was too distracting for me to weather viewing him in a tub.

Jimmy Fallon, a Saturday Night Live alumni,  is a goofy persona who serves up comic relief on his show. As he broadcast from his home in the Hampton's on Long Island, he introduced his two adorable daughters who designed cue cards for the adapted program. I noticed he's not practicing social distancing with them. He hugged his daughters and playfully slid down a home slide in his rec room with one on his lap. 

How awful for a parent to think they may not to be able to touch a child! There are differing opinions about this specific aspect of social distancing when it relates to family interaction. An Atlantic article, Coronavirus Risk Doesn’t Stop at Your Front Door, cites the conflict between proper safety measures and the need to connect with your family or significant others. 

It is vitally important, if you live alone or with others, to frequently wash your hands and disinfect. As the article pointed out, I never thought about how much I touch my face until the current health crisis. 

Isolation for both singles and families has increased because we are told to keep away from everyone. But in that isolation, we have to find the best ways to connect and stay positive. Call, text, Skype, Facetime -- do whatever it takes to stay in touch.

Marion Charatan

Posted on March 31, 2020 09:52

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