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A Senior Hiding From Covid-19

Updated on November 1, 2020
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Don is a Writer and a Storyteller. He has published over 9 books on varied subjects along with many articles and commentary on his blogs.

A rendition of what the Covid-19 viral bacteria actually looks like.
A rendition of what the Covid-19 viral bacteria actually looks like. | Source

Hiding from CoVid-19

God knows that we, the public, are being inundated with, daily even hourly updates on the status of so many facets of our battle with this new disease, called CoVid-19.

So I’m just going to speak to what this old man who happens to live in Florida, is doing to avoid the possibility of “Death By Covid

The Covid-19 Attack and History

This seriousness of the whole Covid-19 battle is unique in the modern history of mankind that honestly, every few days or so, makes me sit back and walk my mind through what this has already been done to humanity, just so I don't avoid becoming jaded by the enormity of it all.

Who Did It?

How humanities battle turns out and determining just who is actually going to be blamed for its release onto the public, will be documented by Historians in the future.

I remember a popular truism from the times of WWII. There are numerous variations on the original phrase, but in essence it states that History is Written By The Victors of Wars, not the Losers.

Hopefully. one day we will have access to the real facts on this new disease which will explain just how the people on this planet of ours were able to go so long before we recognized, and reacted to, the potential dangers of such a devastating biological threat like this one.

Regardless, right now after all I have learned over the past couple of months, I believe that one of two things which are going to happen once we have dealt with this disease.

Inevitable Changes for our Planet

I believe that either the world will be forced to adapt to a new reality, one of a human lifestyle that will always have the threat of a CoVid-19-like infection hanging over our heads; whether or not our scientists will actually develop a viable vaccine.

Come on! Stop shaking your heads!

You're an intelligent person and you know how to read between the lines of BS that are being streamed on the teleprompters for our worldwide newscasters to then repeat to us.

We are already being told that if we’re lucky, there will be a new type of “flu shot” for humanity to be injected with, hopefully only annually; because there is no expectation of there being an actual CURE for CoVid-19!

So, what else are we not being told about this type of threat to humanity?

A Personal Defense

Knowing all of this, I already have my own personal defense system and presently I try to live within its bounds.

A few weeks ago I jokingly told a few people that I was a “Three Time Loser”; but surprisingly, they didn’t laugh. Bad Joke, I guess?

I stole this term from the many gangster movies i used to watch as a kid; because I actually do have three major physical conditions that this new disease loves to attack in humans.

  1. I am in my Seventies.
  2. I have a Kidney Transplant.
  3. All transplant recipients have to take anti-rejections drugs that suppress our immune systems.

Thus my three-time-loser philosophical identity.

When this CoVid monster first showed it's ugly head, I consulted my Doctors on what I should do to protect myself and I have to say that I love the brutal honesty of the medical experts. They pulled no punches when they explained that any one of these conditions dramatically increases the chance that I will most likely die if I contract CoVid-19.

So, I had to accept my "new reality" for what it is and I quickly put together my own collection of personal defenses which i could use to increase my odds of surviving until there actually is a vaccine which will protect me.

I can say that I did not live through what I have lived through without learning how to run when it was time to run; but more importantly I know how to fight when it’s time to fight. Presently, I'm in the fight mode.

A Defense that fits My Lifestyle

Each of us should have a personal plan that fits with our lifestyle. I have one that works with my existing lifestyle and at the same time gives me the most flexibility as I wait and watch the "Health" world attack this disease. Below is what my new reality looks like..

I am A Floridian

I am a Floridian living in a small community so I am more isolated than many others. I may not be a native Floridian, but my wife and i did move here ten years ago; so, I now call myself a naturalized Floridian, in case anyone cares. And physically, I live in a relatively rural area; it could even be described as being a small town.

I live in a Senior Community

My Wife and I live in a Senior community. In case you’re not aware of them, they’re also called 55-plus communities; and pretty much everyone living in ours is in the same age group as myself. And generally speaking. due to our ages we all have similar maladies; which we manage with medicines and entertaining ways to get some level of exercise.

It’s a good lifestyle for a Senior couple and as an added benefit of living in one of these communities we, by design, are voluntarily confined to our community and isolated most of the time from the local population.

Tiki Bars and Happy Hours

Typically our entertainment includes;

  • Traveling around the country in our RV, which presents its own level of isolation.
  • playing Golf, Fishing, and even Swimming in our own pools Plus we have our own Tennis or Pickle Ball courts.
  • Riding Bikes and Jogging on our own almost five miles of streets.
  • eating Dinner (along with a couple of drinks) early in the evening at our own community restaurant and the occasional local restaurants with their own very strict isolation rules.

You might believe say that this is an unhealthy lifestyle? Well, sorry folks, but we’re SENIORS! We have worked and saved what money we could, our whole lives, so we could spend our latter years doing what we never had time to do while we built and ran America. And we like our isolated lifestyle while this CoVid-19 thing is being fought.

How has Covid-19 affected these Senior activities so far?

  • Travel - This activity is almost totally restricted, but an RV is in itself a great form of self-isolation wherever you may take it to camp..
  • Jogging, Bike riding, Tennis, Pickle Ball and Golf - We can still play these sports with relatively low levels of danger within our own communities.
  • Dining Out - As the phased re-opening progresses for everyone else, I see a new paradigm of service being implemented by these business' that makes me feel safe enough to occasionally enjoy an evening at a Tiki Bar or other restaurant.

In Florida, if you want to sit outside with your friends; in the shade of an umbrella or Palm Tree; and enjoy the near tropical scenery that’s only a few feet away; then you're going to frequent a lot of Tiki Bars.

So, we Seniors end up at certain Tiki Bars, a lot. We enjoy our friends and the weather, and as a safety note; being our age, we are normally home by the time most of the working people of Florida get off from their jobs.

How I Defend My Body

I know, I have probably said too much about my lifestyle, but I had to let you know about my lifestyle before I could explain my particular personal defenses against this disease.

Businesses Cleaning

I have been self-isolating so far and now I can go pretty much anywhere and rely on one thing that was never available for me in the past.

I can count on the fact that the businesses I will frequent, have thoroughly cleaned every surface that I may have to touch and have even put up barriers between wherever I might stand or sit, and the staff.

Face Masks and Gloves

I now have access to decent face masks and gloves and I have them with me at all times. I have already developed a habit of picking up a mask before i leave our house, wherever I plan to go out.

I am now one of those people who wears a mask as my main protection tool.

Washing My Hands

After this disease showed its face, washing my Hands quickly evolved from a habit to an obsession. I now do this without hesitation throughout my day.

Using Disinfectants

Where my wife and I might once have used a couple of good household cleansers that happened to be good disinfectants, we now have our own supply of disinfectants; wipes, sprays, and soaps, in our house. And we rarely walk by a dispenser without using it.

Avoiding Idiots

i have found that the hardest task for us so far is just the logistics of keeping away from the Idiots out there who seemingly do not practice any forms of self-protection.

I avoid going near those other people who, for whatever reason, feel they have some kind of personal immunity to this disease and actually believe they don’t need to even wear a mask.

My attempts to comply with the many restrictions I follow do force me to take my own stand with these people, or what I call potential carriers.

From my perspective, they know what they’re playing with, so I have to accept their reality which is; that it’s their life and it’s their potential death; but stay the Hell away from Me!.

No Bubble for Me!

My wife and I have no plans to isolate ourselves from the rest of the world, especially not to the point that we may as well be living in a Bubble.

Our lifestyle is not one where we frequent many of the places that our younger generations find so enticing. This in itself is a large part of our self-isolation. You see, we have no delusions of some personal immortality and our lifestyle is a cautious one.

I remember that a General once said something like; Nations send their young men to war because the young have no fear of war and they have their own feelings of immortality.

I have no such delusions; I am well aware of my mortality and going forward, I will be watching the world’s war on CoVid-19 closely.

And when necessary, I will take whatever actions I need to take that will insure mine and my wife’s survival.


'Nuff SAID!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Don Bobbitt

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    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      11 months ago from Ruskin Florida

      Nancy - I'm sorry for your physical problem, but as a writer you know just how much time it takes to craft something good. i've been living in my community for a decade now and I still get the occasional friend who ask me; Whre Have You Been? I haven't seen you around for months now!

      I just laugh it off an go on with my life!

      I hope you have a great Day,

      DON

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      11 months ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Good article, Don.....well written and comprehensive. I have been self-isolated for a couple of years now....live alone and cannot go out without help because of very poor balance. I do use a rolling cart, but it is still difficult to get around. Fortunately, I am a writer and used to being alone a lot of the time. It's good to be able to keep up on what others are doing to remain sane during the pandemic. I certainly appreciate articles like this one. Tks, Nancy

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      11 months ago from Ruskin Florida

      John - You have looked at the situation and cam to the only logical conclusion on surviving this pandemic. Cooperate and Plan and Persevere!

      But each time I venture out, I see literally hundreds of people, even families, who are acting as if there is no deadly disease out there?

      I't a Crazy World, My Friend, Crazy!

      Hace a Good Day though,

      DON

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      John Hansen 

      11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      The self-isolation hasn’t affected me a lot other than not being able to visit children and grandchildren and our one per fortnight restaurant visit. There are no recorded cases in my small town and new cases in the entire state have almost cease. My wife and I are still practicing social distancing and wearing masks when doing the shopping however. One good outcome will be the increased awareness of personal hygiene and not taking any of our freedoms for granted. Good article.

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      11 months ago from Ruskin Florida

      WillStarr - Thanks for th prayers,and being old isn't a handicap, as long as you have the right tools to override the bad parts.

      I'm a Learner, and I am watching for my lesson in man's stupidity and hopefully in how we all get together in our future biological battles.

      Take Care,

      DON

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      11 months ago from Ruskin Florida

      Eric - I'm glad you see this whole thing like I do, and I hope you and yours are keeping yourselves safe as time keps marching along.

      Have a Great day,

      DON

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      11 months ago from Ruskin Florida

      Liz - There are few things I can think of, very often, that are really great about CoVid-19, but being old, retired, and not needing a job does place my in an enviable position, while so many others around the world are hurting financially because of lost jobs.As they say, I've Been There, and I've Done That; but it was in my youth.

      My lifestyle now does have certain comforts that allow me to have a more analytical perspective on how this disease and humanity are progressing towards a real vaccine.

      Have a Great Day,

      DON

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      WillStarr 

      11 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I too am older than dirt but otherwise healthy, Don. We'll be praying for you.

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Count me in on defenses and being a three strikes fellow. I liked this one.

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      Liz Westwood 

      11 months ago from UK

      You give an interesting personal insight on how COVID-19 has impacted your lifestyle

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      11 months ago from Ruskin Florida

      Peachy - It's interesting how we already had many of the healthy habits that are now almost demanded of us, now that we potentially have this Covid-19 residue lying around us?

      Have Good day,

      DON

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      peachy 

      11 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      I had the habit to wash my hands if someone touches my stuff, especially when i am in the office

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