The Impact of COVID-19

From market crashes to cancelled tournaments to travel interruptions, the impact of COVID-19 is being felt by everyone. The most urgent impact is on those infected or those most at-risk from the COVID-19 virus. Because of that, we at Contemporary Spinster support decisions being made by informed professionals and leaders to try to stem the spread of the virus throughout the population. We abide by social distance recommendations to protect those most at risk.

However, those measures and the resultant consequences are still having real impacts on our lives, too.

Jaymee: COVID19 from a work perspective has had little to no impact as our entire company is remote. We have continued work as usual. I think with the distraction of COVID19 it has impacted my ability to focus, but work has remained the same. The biggest impact for me has been concern about my partner, who is is in the middle of a trip back to Africa. When the news first broke about the travel ban, I was super concerned with his ability to get home. As more information has come out I am less concerned about him getting into the US but now more concerned about his ability to get a flight home instead. Along with the stress and worry caused by that, as a single mom I feel trapped at home. I don’t want to put my kids in an unhealthy situation so shopping or running errands has to be coordinated with others. This means I have had to ask for help – not one of my strong points. I understand the need for safety, but I am struggling finding balance with my sanity.

Ellen: COVID-19 is affecting my community in different ways. My mother is 86-years-old, living in a senior living apartment complex. She, nor her neighbors, seem to understand the severity of the situation. I often find myself battling with her about social distancing. I have worked from home for the last 8 years, so I’m no stranger to isolation. My husband has been ordered to stagger hours and keep his office door closed at all times. When we aren’t working, we’re taking necessary precautions by staying home and distracting ourselves with home projects. I have to admit though, I’m having trouble sleeping. I spend a good deal of time attempting to find my breath while waiting for the inevitable bloom of this virus and re-train myself every day to appreciate every moment I have.

Rose: A lot of my feelings/impact is in an earlier part of the channel. But we have now been ordered to WFH and had a day full of drama getting the rules around that since I work for the city. My church will have services without communion tomorrow but then we are canceling services for the rest of the month. This is stressful for me as a lay leader and a person who believes we worship in community – online isn’t the same for me. There is a decent chance my marathon will be moved to the same weekend as one of my half Ironman races and I will lose my streaker status (I’ve run all 9 years so far). The race thing isn’t huge, but it is an impact when it is something you’ve been training for all winter. I also have a grandparent in the hospital for another issue, but fortunately she’s in a fairly rural area with no known cases.

Richelle: I work for Intermountain Healthcare as a Talent Sourcing Specialist – the majority of my work is already done from home. I do typically go into the office twice a week because I like to. My office is now the command center for the corporation. My desk will most likely not be impacted, but it may be utilized for the call center. I spent the earlier part of the week canceling our attendance at all external career fairs. As I made each call I could hear the emotion in each voice as I called. I was instructed not to email since it could be used by the media. It has been emotionally draining. Next came the school cancelations. I was in the minority, I want my kids here. I have a schedule and will try to stick to it. My 6-year-old doesn’t understand. My tween is being a tween and wants to party it up, he has asthma. His asthma terrifies me. I have several inhalers and albuterol on hand, but I worry. I’m thankful it’s not a natural disaster and we still have internet, plumbing and eletrictity; social media helps me feel more connected. I’m taking a lot of photos of things that make me smile each day and sharing them on Facebook. I’m encouraging friends to do the same. Let’s find those rays of sunshine!!

Laura: COVID-19 is inescapable. As a higher education faculty member who teaches face-to-face courses, our campus has moved online. That means I have to teach all of my classes online, classes that weren’t designed to be online classes. My remaining academic conferences for the semester have been cancelled, which means I’m out the money of more than a few flights. Otherwise, however, COVID-19 hasn’t had a significant impact on my life, yet. I’m not worried about moving my classes online, although it’ll push back working on some other projects. I am more concerned about not being vector and getting anyone else sick, so I am staying home, maintaining social distance, and trying to maintain my social connections with family and friends so I don’t feel isolated. I am most concerned about those who need help but either feel like they can’t ask or don’t know who to ask. As a result, I am struggling with feeling helpless and overwhelmed with the barrage of news that simply won’t stop.

While most of us here at Contemporary Spinster are relatively privileged these impacts are still reverberating through our lives. If you can, then, just imagine how the virus and preventative measures impact those most marginalized and disadvantaged in society. In closing, we call on all of us, but especially our political leaders, to think about how to provide long term support to low-wage, tip-based, low-income, and other individuals most impacted by the loss of income, health care costs, and instability caused by the coronavirus. This is a defining moment for us as people, as women, and as a country. We are nothing if we do not support those who rely on us the most.

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