Please, Stay Home.

If you don’t think Coronavirus is serious enough to stay home, please keep reading.

If we stay home, the spread slows down.

My best friend is an ER nurse at a busy hospital. Her husband is an EMT. They are on the front lines. They have two small children. They have nowhere to take their children, as all family members are either elderly or also have small children. At home, they can’t stay away from their own kids. Someone has to feed them. They have no choice but to risk their own health and their children’s health.

If we stay home, the spread slows down.

My mother is 68 years old. She has a respiratory condition. My parents are not leaving the house, and they are not allowing visitors. My dad is disinfecting everything regularly. They are forgoing their hobbies and sacrificing seeing their children, grandchildren, and parents to keep themselves and others safe. If my mom gets COVID-19, we will not be able to see her, but she is one of the highest risks, and I have no doubt she would die. No one in my family would ever recover. We are that close. This is not being dramatic. This is the truth.

If we stay home, the spread slows down.

My sisters, three of my nieces and nephews, and some of their friends and significant others work in the grocery industry. They are not able to stay home. They would likely recover, but I don’t want them to get sick at all.

If we stay home, the spread slows down.

Over 23,000 people have died worldwide. That’s 4,000 more people than reside in Waukee, Iowa, one of my city’s larger suburbs. It’s more than a third the population of our largest suburb, West Des Moines. That’s 9,000 people short of the entire population of the Des Moines Public Schools.

If we stay home, the spread slows down.

I don’t know what it will take to get people to stay home. I would hate for it to take hundreds of thousands of people to die. What I know is I cannot bear losing my best friend of thirty years. I cannot bear losing a sibling, a parent, a niece, or a nephew because people didn’t want to stay home. Staying home is not convenient. It’s not fun. It might not be safe for some people, and I know this is an impossible ask. But if you have the ability to stay home, please . . . stay home. I know I’m not the only one who could lose the people most precious to me.

Talk to me!