Around the Corner Special Edition 2020
About COVID19 (Corona Virus)
As I write this, the panic that invaded Gainesville in the spring has subsided, replaced by confusion. We are bombarded daily with conflicting information from scientists, politicians, and people who seem just to want attention. Sadly, the pandemic has taken friends and loved ones from us. Many people have lost their jobs with little prospect of finding work elsewhere. Our world seems to have been turned upside down. What to do?
Should we be concerned? Of course. Should we panic? No. Should we take reasonable precautions, like wearing masks, practicing good hygiene and avoiding crowds? Absolutely. Do we all need to head for the bomb shelter, the safe room, or the root cellar? No.
I do not intend to give medical advice here. The things you need to know are on the CDC website. I will simply echo the common sense things you all know about avoiding disease. During my long career as a nurse, I assumed every day that everyone I met had some type of germ I didn’t want. That meant I washed my hands thoroughly and often, did my best to keep my immediate environment clean, and took care of my health. You have no power to cure this virus, but wearing a mask, hand washing and observing social distancing are things you can and should do.
In addition, remember all the things you learned as a child about keeping healthy? They still apply. Eat right, stay hydrated, get enough sleep, exercise, and don’t let stress get you down. Anxiety interferes with your body’s defenses.
That being said, my shop is open. To shop in-store you must wear a mask and clean your hands upon entering. We can’t wipe down yarn, so you have to cover your face and clean your hands. I have cancelled classes and groups for the time being. I have been disinfecting the commonly touched surfaces in the shop, and washing my hands frequently, from the day I opened. Again, I believe everyone has germs I don’t want.
If you are unable or disinclined to leave home, call me with your order at 972-880-3667. I will take your information, add a shipping fee, and mail your merchandise to you. You may also have someone pick it up outside the door. Have a knitting or crochet question? Call, text, or email me.
To answer a question that I have been asked, you need not be afraid of yarn, knitting needles, or other products made outside the US or delivered to you. The virus does not live for aeons on surfaces. Imported products travel for at least a month before reaching the warehouses in this country, where again, they remain for weeks before making their way to the shelves here.
The Elm Street Hookers cannot all meet at once, so I have set schedules for two or three people at a time to come in. We sit in the front of the shop, where we can practice social distancing. We can still discuss gardening, grandchildren, and our projects safely. Want to be included? Call and I will find you a time to come in.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for news updates related to the shop.
In all that you do, exercise good judgment. We want to see you again and again, in good health.