Conquer Corona

How to Conquer Corona in Your Own Home

Dividing Your Home: A New Strategy to Avoid Contracting Coronavirus

Homes in the small town of Cleveland, Tennessee have decided to handle Coronavirus issues in a different way, to avoid contracting the disease.

Quarantine Home

DeAnna suffers from asthma and COPD, but is married to an airline pilot who is exposed to literally thousands of passengers and employees in a day. She also has two children home from colleges that have shut down, but who also have essential jobs and work with the public.  Rather than being exposed to the virus daily, she moved to their RV with a friend, who is also immune-compromised, to self-quarantine until a vaccine is released, hopefully in early 2021.  In the “Quarantine Home”, they order groceries from online pick-up, don’t eat out at all, and don’t leave the home other than to pick up groceries.  They order everything else they need from Amazon, to be delivered directly to their home.

Non-Quarantine Home

Her daughter’s friend, who has grandparents living in her home, and another friend who has an immune-compromised parent, have moved into DeAnna’s home.  DeAnna’s daughter says, “Since I’m home from college, I miss my friends; but now I still get to see them.” Her friends say, “It adds a little excitement to our lives, during this crazy pandemic; and it’s fun to live with somebody different.” Homes and families are topsy-turvy, and they’re mixing it up by dividing their homes into a “Quarantine Home” and a “Non-Quarantine Home”; but it’s working out great for everyone.

Staying Healthy from Corona

            So far, everyone is healthy and has avoided contracting the Coronavirus because no one in either household has intimate contact with the others.  In fact, DeAnna insists that this is the key to containing the virus – that the virus is actually spread by intimate contact.  The fact that her husband travels daily, in and out of busy airports, confined airplanes, and busy hotels for months, and eats out every meal daily, yet still hasn’t contracted COVID-19 means that it is not contracted by casual contact or through food preparation; and the fact that he is staying away from physical intimate contact with his family members has prevented him from contracting COVID-19.  (He has been tested by his workplace, and tested negative for both the virus and the antibodies.) He also takes the normal safety precautions.  He wears a mask, washes his hands, uses hand sanitizer, wipes down the cockpit and his hotel room with disinfectant, and practices social distancing.  (The airlines also take extreme cleaning measures before and after each flight, disinfecting with spray and cleaning all surfaces.)

Difficult Times, Psychologically

Admittedly, it has been difficult.  “I think we’re in very trying times, that no one is talking about”, says DeAnna.  “I think we’re all struggling, but you don’t see it on Facebook or social media.  You don’t see anyone talking about how hard it is, or what they’re thinking, or the arguments they’re having in their homes.”  I’ll admit.  We’ve struggled; but I know we’re not the only ones struggling.  My children felt abandoned when I first moved to the RV.  Yeah, they’re adults; but I’m still they’re mom, and they felt abandoned.  But I explained to them that I can live separately from them for 6-8 months until we get a vaccine, and then be here with them for the next 20-30 years… see them get married…watch their grandchildren grow up.  Or, I can live with them now, contract Coronavirus, and likely die from it because of my health issues.  So, it’s a trade-off.  And it’s a trade-off that I’m willing to make.  We have to look at the big picture… look at the long-term, and this will all be worth it.  Plus, we’re blessed. There are a lot of people who have it a whole lot worse right now.  We haven’t contracted it yet.  We haven’t been touched by it yet, thankfully.  And, daily, our prayers are with those who have.”


Avoid Contracting Corona

These residents of Cleveland, Tennessee have found a different way to handle the situation, by mixing up households and placing those who need to be quarantined in one household and those who can’t quarantine in the other home.  Will other families decide to do this too, in order to protect elderly parents, grandparents, or others in the family who are immuno-compromised?  It also avoids shutting down businesses and our economy, while still protecting those who need protection.  Sounds like a win-win to me!  Can you find a way to divide and conquer Corona?

This entry was posted on July 17, 2020, in Daily Life.

His Name is Roy

To give, or not to give.  THAT is the question.

His name is Roy.  We passed him on the street today, as we were taking a nice mid-day walk to Gardener’s Restaurant, on our lunch hour.  He was an elderly man, dressed in khaki pants and a collared work shirt, but both looked old and worn.  His unshaven face was lined with wrinkles, and his shoulders drooped forward as he walked.   As he passed us, he commented about the new building across the street and how nice it looked.  We stopped to talk to him about the building, and my friend quietly turned her back to me, drew her wallet from her purse, and politely asked him if she could give him some money.  He said, “Sure!” and took the money from her hand.  I stood and watched, wondering if the man was homeless, wondering if he really needed the money, and wondering if he worked.  I’m a strong believer in working for what you receive.  I’ve always believed that it’s not fair for one man to benefit from another man’s work.  I believe in giving, but only to people who are truly needy.

Roy began to open the paper bag he was carrying and withdrew a ripe, plump, bright red tomato.  Obviously, he had just been to the Farmer’s Market nearby, and the only thing he had bought was this one large, delicious-looking tomato.  He offered it to her, in exchange for the money she had given him, and she took it.  I guess he felt that if he received a gift, he should give a gift in return.  I was touched that he would give up the one thing he had purchased today.

He began to tell us that he had fought in the Vietnam War, which we could already tell from the label on the ball cap he wore.  He began to tell us about the day he left for war.  “I was seventeen when I got drafted.  On the day I was to leave, my little sister, who was eight years old, stood before me with tears streaming down her face, begging me not to leave.  Even at seventeen, I knew that I had to be the adult, and I had to be strong for her, while inside, my thoughts were completely different.  Inside, I wondered what my life would be like, where I’d be going, and most of all, I wondered if I’d ever return, or if this would be the last time we spoke.  ‘Now, now, Mary Beth.  Don’t you cry.  I’ll only be gone for a little while.  Can you stop crying now, just for me?’  Mary Beth tried to stop her sobs, and slowly began to quiet them.  He paused for a moment, as if he were looking at the past, and said, “And look at me now. I’m still here.”  My friend and I were touched by his story, and we patiently chatted a while longer with the man, obviously a person who just needed someone to talk with today.  A few minutes later, we thanked him for his service, as we turned away and continued our walk to lunch.   The words he said, as we walked away, will stay with me forever.  In a feeble, shaky voice, he said, “I’d go again for you, if I needed to”, as he smiled, waved and walked away, leaving me to continue my walk, blurred by tears at the thought that this elderly man would go to war again, for his country, and for ME.

That evening, I had a long-distance phone call with my mother, and she told me she had heard a sermon about giving, that day.  I thought it ironic that she would bring this up, on the same day I had met “Roy”.  She said, “The Bible says that when one man asks for food, you are Biblically required to give it to him.”  I said, “But he didn’t work for it.”  She said, “You don’t know his story, and you don’t know what he’s done.  It is not ours to judge.“  Sometimes, moms have the best advice, at the most opportune moments.  Her comments made me delve into my Bible, for what God has to say about giving.


 Deuteronomy 15:7-11 says,

“If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be. Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye look grudgingly on your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the Lord against you, and you be guilty of sin. You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’ ”

Proverbs 28:27 says, “Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.”

So the true question is not “To give or not to give.”  The true question is whether we, as Christians, will follow the word of God and give to the poor and needy.  Or will we turn our heads and walk away?

This entry was posted on August 31, 2014, in Daily Life.