Corona virus 34

132,547 positives in Italy. Up 2.7%. 16,523 deaths.
1,253 positives in Umbria. Up 1.1%. 44 deaths.

352,546 cases in the US. 10,389 deaths.

Buongiorno a tutti. Tuesday. Martedì. Today marks the fourth week of quarantine. 28 days.

Italy has turned the so-called corner. Which is good. The lockdown continues however. Luther and I were discussing just how long the Italian populace…or any populace for that matter, can be told…”just 2 weeks longer” before anarchy ensues. Is it better to say right up front, this is going to take two months? Set expectations more realistically. Because when you say you are locked down for two weeks…people hunker down and try. Then they say, well, that was good, but we need two more weeks…so we do it again….now we’ve got two MORE weeks. And people are definitely not being as good anymore. Not sure the answer.

I watch the news from the US and other countries daily. And see the numbers going up. I enjoy Governor Cuomo. And I hear him say the curve is flattening…and that’s good too. But, from our experience here it seems way too early to believe it is truly under control. I hope it is so. If the Italians get antsy being told to stay inside for weeks, I know the Americans will chaff against it even more.

I decided to make masks for Luther and I…I decided this last week. Since then I have thought about it each day. Which means I’m making progress. A couple of days ago, while cleaning out the kitchen drawer, I found a dishcloth that looks like a good thing to use to make the masks. Big, big step! Yesterday, I ACTUALLY downloaded and printed a pattern for masks. HUGE step. Now, the patterns are sitting on my desk. I will contemplate them for at least a day or two… before looking at the sewing machine. It may take a day or two more to get that out…🙃

I took trash out yesterday. 🗑 I also went to the ATM. 💶 And I made minestrone soup for lunches. 🍲. Luther went to the farmacia. I counted 18 people waiting in front of the bank this morning. I think I will go out on the terrace and add guano to the pots of soil to enrich the dirt. Sigh. As you’ve probably noticed, I don’t have too much to talk about…on day 28 of quarantine. Living through historical events can be amazingly boring.

photo courtesy of Jill who has a beautiful garden and sends me pictures everyday to cheer me! Thanks Jill!

Stay home and safe… no matter how boring.🌈

8 thoughts on “Corona virus 34

  1. Carlo

    I have to agree with Ben. Your daily observations of life in an Umbrian town are never boring. In fact, so much of art, creative perception, and innovation is about noticing and drawing attention to the small things we overlook ever day. Keep it up and thank you.

  2. Nancy Hampton Post author

    You are right Carlo. Even though so many of us feel such isolation, there are people working out there who are not so isolated. I read about grocery workers in the US dying.
    If the outdoor restrictions were relaxed it would help a lot. I am envious of those who can…

  3. Nancy Hampton Post author

    Gosh Ben. That is so encouraging. I woke up this morning and thought…what do I write about? It was really the first time…but you know? It makes me do stuff. So that’s good right? And I do realize it is a diary of sorts… so I will keep on, keeping on as the saying goes…thanks for supporting me. And I you. As things are so hard…for us all…

  4. Carlo

    We’ve been staying at home for three weeks now in the Chesapeake Bay region. The one thing that makes it completely bearable is being able to go out for exercise—walking, running, bicycling. Without that, it would far more difficult. Maybe some eventual relaxation of that type of restriction would help.

    One big complicating issue I see is something you noted earlier. Health care workers, food production and distribution workers, delivery and distribution workers, manufacturers making medical products, and other “essential” operations are still out and about—practicing social distancing but nevertheless working in the same spaces. Thousands of people are still working in enclosed spaces.

  5. Ben (C) Fletcher

    Hi Nancy,
    Nothing boring about your posts at all, despite what you said today! I look forward to seeing it every day, so I hope you keep enjoying it. Thanks very much for doing them – I am sure they are valuable to people as well as a record of the times.

  6. Nancy Hampton Post author

    I noticed the distancing in front of the bank was less well implemented too. And when I dumped trash yesterday there seemed to be more people out. The nicer weather doesn’t help I guess. I think today was just a boring day…I’ll put some spice in it tomorrow 🤣😂

  7. Joseph Roveto

    Your writing is important. Don’t stop. I, too can imagine anarchy. In fact today Paul saw while on errands, too many people out, and too many without masks. WTF!

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