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.