How is your family discussing the coronavirus?

Now that the coronavirus is gripping the globe, it has become a topic of discussion in our home. My family regularly reads the news (Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube and other forms of social media) and comes to the dinner table with loads of information and questions.

We have been tracking the outbreaks, the quarantined locations and the death rates. A few of my kids especially love to read up on the numerous conspiracy theories surrounding the outbreak (all in the hopes school will be cancelled).

While I’m not too worried about the actual virus, it has brought up a lot of great conversations. We have discussed the importance of coughing into a tissue or sleeve (which seems to be quite a challenge for some of my ‘less than hygienic’ children), the need for food storage in case of a local outbreak, and the things we would do if we were stuck in our house for two weeks.

I really hope we don’t have any local outbreaks or a quarantine. If we do, my family decided we would need to buy long lasting proteins, like peanut butter and beef jerky, carbohydrates, and fruits and vegetables.

When we considered being quarantined, we all agreed it would be awful. We have not come up with a good plan to keep from going crazy. Board games and the many different types of media would only be able to hold our attention for so long. We all agreed it would be OK to go outside and play games, as long as we didn’t interact with anyone else.

My youngest has been considerably worried by all of these discussions. So, to ease her fears, we have also talked about what to do in case of a zombie apocalypse. Unfortunately, we have not finalized our plan of action, because we are still in a heated debate about whether or not zombies can be killed.

What kind of discussions is your family having about the Covid-19?

Here’s a picture of some peanut butter Hershey kiss cookies, because that’s what we would be making if we needed to eat a lot of peanut butter while being quarantined in the house (assuming we have all of the other ingredients and the zombies don’t find us).

Melanie Flake

Melanie Flake

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