My Life in LA County During COVID-19: March 24

Harry Keller 80By Harry Keller
Former ETCJ Science Editor
& President of SmartScience

My sympathies go out to the workers in these stores because they are being exposed to all sorts of customers coming in. -HK

Mar 24, 2020 at 7:47 AM: We are continuing to try to find a way through this crisis. We have toilet paper enough for about a week right now. We walked to the local Gelson’s Market, which is about 1.6 miles away with our modest backpacks, not the huge Rick Steves ones. It was around 2 pm when we left on our journey.

The first thing we noticed was lots of children playing in the streets. I hate to be repetitive, but this behavior is dangerous. One spot had a foursquare grid set up that spanned the entire street. Schools are out, and children are not studying. They are playing. I would be too. After all, few (if any) children like school. If the children from one family play with those from another, the virus can spread that way.

I think that we must all make a real effort to stop the spread until we can be vaccinated, or a cure is found. 

Upon arriving at the store, we encountered an employee who was wiping down shopping carts. She was very friendly. This is a good start for our visit. Inside the store, the paper section was totally bare. I have to wonder whether people are using TP substitutes such as paper towels that may clog the sewer pipes. Are there bathrooms with a stack of paper napkins next to the toilet? We are in strange times indeed.

Want pickles? No problem. Looking for tortillas (in Southern California), look harder. We found some, but they were expensive. Then, Gelson’s is not a Sav-Mor store. The checkout was trivial. They did have a red line marked on the floor so that the next-in-line person would not be too close to the person checking out. My sympathies go out to the workers in these stores because they are being exposed to all sorts of customers coming in. On the other hand, restaurant employees don’t even have a job now, and most employees in either category are not likely to die from the virus.

I can still smell. At least, that symptom has not appeared yet. -HK

We checked out, walked home, unloaded our modest loads of groceries, and washed our hands for 20 seconds or more. We are not planning to go anywhere until Sunday when we will travel to our mountain lot to do some work there. There’s no one there, so we do not risk exposure. If we have the virus despite all precautions, this trip will be canceled. I can still smell. At least, that symptom has not appeared yet.

One Response

  1. Harry, your COVID-19 journal is helping to keep all of us sane by capturing a view from the perspective of everyman. As many of us begin to run low on toilet paper, what are some options that won’t clog our toilets and sewers?

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