Well…hello. It feels like our world has turned upside down in the last 24-48 hours. A few days ago we were happily skiing in Vermont, and now Mike has been working nonstop on COVID-19 simulations (grim stuff), we’re all obsessively texting each other articles on the latest findings, the kids’ school is closed for at least two weeks and I keep thinking that I’m short on breath which obviously means THE CORONAVIRUS WHAT ELSE COULD IT BE?

Well…stress. It could also be stress. (Love when anxiety rears its ugly head.)

And all of these “problems” of course, aren’t necessarily problems at all, at least not comparatively. At least two-thirds of the 31 million kids who regularly eat school lunches are economically dependent on them. Which means that we’re talking about potentially 20 million kids who won’t have enough to eat because of school closings.

That fact alone is heart-breaking. And yet it is only a part of what this COVID-19 pandemic means for our communities.

The good news? *Most* of us have nothing to worry about. For us young (young-enough?) and healthy folks, the coronavirus may simply feel like a small flu, perhaps even a cold.

But the data changes (pretty dramatically) for the elderly or people with compromised immune systems. And the reason that Mike has been so grim these last 24 hours is that the data shows – pretty severely – that more people will need medical treatment than hospitals can currently accommodate.

If we use Italy as an example (and we should – predictions for us are similar)…at some point there will be so many people needing treatment that doctors will start having to choose which patients get treatment, and which patients do not.

Even scarier, the lack of resources won’t just apply to COVID-19 patients. It will apply to anyone who needs treatment. There are only so many ventilators available. And they’ll likely all be needed (and then some) for COVID-19…as well as what they’re currently being used for today – things like critical care and major surgeries.

Our Bottom Line For COVID-19

The point here is that the spread of COVID-19 is a widespread public health issue. It is not simply a personal one. At the moment, the best way to help our communities is to do our part to slow the spread of the disease. This “flattening of the curve” (which I’m sure you’ve been hearing about) is all about slowing down the rate of infection, and giving our hospitals more time to treat the new patients (as well as their existing patients).

If we do not do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19…more people will die.

It’s really as simple as that.

So how do we do this? What does it mean to really flatten this curve? Well…as much as I hate this answer personally (soooo boooring), I think The Atlantic’s article Cancel Everything is right on. The article is really well-written, and compares the rates of infection in Italy to those in Singapore – two countries who have had dramatically different responses to COVID-19. The article ends with a fairly chilling story about the 1918 flu epidemic, and how the decisions of health commissioners in two different cities (one of them Philadelphia) had a dramatic effect on the cities’ death rates.

…For a few days, while none of your peers are taking the same steps, moving classes online or canceling campaign events will seem profoundly odd. People are going to get angry. You will be ridiculed as an extremist or an alarmist. But it is still the right thing to do.

If you are confused about what “social distancing” means in practical terms (me too)…the CDC defines it as “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.”

Um. I get the ‘6 ft’ part.

Luckily, The Atlantic (again) has an article I found really useful: “The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Distancing.”

What this means for us right now is that we’re canceling our weekend plans (I suspect Mike will be working all weekend anyway). We’ll be canceling our Spring Break plans and, sadly, we canceled the big Mom Edit conference that we’ve spent the last several months planning. The contributors were flying into Philly, and we had two long days of sessions and speakers and photoshoots and parties planned…for next week. WOMP WOMP.

I’m a terrible indoor girl, though, so I’m going to be looking for ideas to get us outside, yet still honor social distancing. (Hiking, I’m looking at you.)

What This All Means For The Mom Edit

Typically we’re not hurting for content ideas, over here at TME. We simply “report” on where our heads and hearts genuinely are (which explains all of the sneakers and turtlenecks, haha). But right now our heads are…all over the place. So we took to The Social Medias to ask you guys what you were hoping to see during these next few trying weeks (months?).

Your responses – per usual – were awesome. See them here.

It sounds like many of you want us to keep doin’ what we do. There’s something to be said for distraction. But there were also several requests for helpful pieces on our favorite books, TV series, documentaries to watch with kids, recipes, fun at-home projects.

So. We’ll do a little of both.

We have some helpful articles planned (they’ll drop just as soon as we can reasonably get them together…while trying to entertain our own kids, haha). But if you can’t wait, we’ve also created a new Facebook group, The Mom Edit Insiders. We’ve been meaning to create a FB group for a while, and now seems…well, good enough? We’ll use this group as a way to swap ideas and give early looks and (hopefully) build a tighter online community. Should be fun.

And Now…The Distractions

Only looks like leopard. Social Threads, a local online shop run by two New Jersey mamas (who I adore), have just marked a bunch of pieces 40% off. Including these wide-leg crop sweatpants and a matching sweatshirt in gray…or these printed sweatpants (with a matching tank). Love how the print on that last set looks like leopard…but is really hearts.

Let’s call this…the mashed potatoes of tops. I just did a collaboration with Backcountry (see it here) and it was so easy, thanks to this North Face hoodie that is now 40% off. I have a wildly irrational love for the darn thing, probably because it’s the sartorial equivalent of comfort food and I am HERE FOR IT. Literally all I’ve been wearing. (The soft gray is really pretty, too.)

Keens? Is that you? I like these sandals, guys. Sporty and just cool enough. Well done, Keens.

Battle of the raincoats. The Philly TME team actually gasped when we saw this white raincoat from Everlane. I was about to order but Syd had already tried it on and found it too tight in the shoulders/under the arms. Hmmm. I may be better off sticking with our longtime fav, The North Face’s city raincoat. (Love the slightly heathered urban navy color.)

Rothy’s has BAGS? I’m reallllly into the cool-girl nautical vibe of Rothy’s new, oversized clutch. It’s like Clare V., but made from recycled material (including plastic fished out of oceans). Even better, Rothy’s just announced that they’re closing all retail stores through 3/31 to help slow the spread of COVID-19…but are continuing to pay their employees. High-freaking-five. (And has anyone tried these bow flats?? Adorbs.)

You’re not getting out of that quantum mechanics class, kids. This tweet, from a Berkley professor, is giving me life. “In case the Bay area becomes inhabitable, I will move to the wilderness. I will still be reachable via APRS…”

Random stuff from Syd (from our internal slack channel): “If anyone is interested in epidemiology, Sawbones covered an awesome moment in video games where a ‘disease’ spread through a massive online player game (World of Warcraft). It was actually studied to compare how a disease spreads in real life.”

Oooo…we’ve got a new Newsletter. If you haven’t yet subscribed to our daily newsletter…join us! We’re trying really hard to make it helpful and fun. In addition to the new posts, we added a new section called, “Oooo…THIS” which just highlights something wildly drool-worthy. For example…I’m still thinking about this gorgeousness from a few days ago.

Well, that’s it for me! Stay safe, stay, uh…socially distanced? Ugh, that sounds horrible.

May you all have plenty of online connections this weekend? No.

Wishing you virtual– No.

Cheers to air kisses at 6 ft apart? Nope.

High-fives for weekend isolation? Worse.

Clearly, we gotta work on some new signoffs.

HAPPY WEEKEND AND WASH YOUR HANDS DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE.

xo,

S

13 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for sharing so much important information. I am super proud of my state (NM) for proactively closing schools right away and for continuing to offer food curbside or be delivery to students who need it. I have two children, and my little one is immune-compromised due to being in the middle of cancer treatment. This is truly terrifying, but I am really believe if we all follow guidelines we have been given, we have a better chance of getting through this sooner than later. Stay safe everyone, and check in on your friends, neighbors, etc.! Share resources, don’t hoard, and keep the faith. xoxo

  2. Our schools are closing for two weeks also. They’ve designated three schools for breakfast and lunch pickup in the mornings. They’re also providing hotspots for families that need them. I was really happy to see all of that! Our local park was jam-packed yesterday afternoon. I think it was a combination of the beautiful weather and people just wanting to be together. Social distancing is hard!

    • I’ve been fairly horrified at the cavalier response from many people. “If I go, I go” kind of thing or just a total lack of understanding of what pandemic actually means (even if the person themselves aren’t at risk). How could we be silent on this??? Sending all the good vibes to you – I suspect things are going to get pretty crazy (if they haven’t already).

  3. For moms out there looking for kids activities during closings, Kate Messner, a children’s book writer and teacher, has created a great list of resources. In fact, there are quite a number of artists and writers making resources available to families. Here’s Kate’s website: https://www.katemessner.com/read-wonder-and-learn-favorite-authors-illustrators-share-resources-for-learning-anywhere-spring-2020/?fbclid=IwAR3b9od40N0ADhv1NXljb_IC5NflS5_qbs6wHohiBkWzXyVttZhO5R5Pxrg

  4. Hi there! Thank you for sharing as always. I live up in the epicenter of the US situation- right in the Seattle area. All schools in the state are closed for six weeks and pretty much everything is shut down and exception of major businesses, grocers, etc. All the schools that I can tell so far are remaining open to provide breakfast and lunch for any child 18 and under regardless of whether they go to that district or not. And many of the schools are trying to figure out how to provide childcare for working families and those of first responders and healthcare professionals. A very scary time but like you said if we all do our part we will get through this together.

  5. So I know we are all stressed and worried but I would love to see some articles about comfy clothing. With all this staying at home I feel like we will all be in leggings and no bras. Maybe a great comfy round up to keep it interesting, I am looking at you silk slip.

  6. Thank you so much for this — you guys honestly are, as a team, a balm, refuge, comfort and guide right now.
    Shana, your warmth, honesty, humor and wit always sparkle in these Weekend posts; I love them and I look forward to them every week. And I deeply appreciated this one. You brought it, from every angle: Facebook group? AWESOME idea right now — and dude I haven’t been on Facebook in YEARS. But joined you chicas! Done! And addressing the Coronavirus itself, asking us what we’d like to see covered, sharing your own perspective and the great links at the end. Beautiful.
    Just — thank you.

  7. Please keep doing what you all do! This situation is crazy and as I gear up for an overwhelming situation at work (I’m a pulmonary RN) and dealing with the repercussions at home (assuring my kids that I will, in fact, not die because of what I do at work) I can use the fun, quirky, light, happy vibes that your posts often bring. Please keep giving me that! I have deactivated Facebook (which I did during the last election season, too) but I’m tempted to go back just to join in this group. Please keep your usual content coming. It is such a welcome distraction during these stressful times.

  8. I’m not on Facebook, so hopefully you’ll switch to another platform in the future. I look forward to it. A round up of ideas to keep bored kids occupied would be great.

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