A Writer’s Diary – An Abundance Of Caution

BB1FF4B5-A150-4942-B7DB-C0717128B26CI am and have been for the vast parts of my life a loner so the isolation and social restrictions resulting from CoVid-19 have not affected me to a great degree psychologically, but it has physically. I have never enjoyed exercising indoors or even at health clubs except for playing tennis inside during the cold Illinois winters. I have always preferred to be outside riding my bike in years past or currently enjoying long walks through the city streets or along the river. Yesterday for the first time in twelve days I left the hotel and ventured outside. The short walk felt good to my legs and heart. I wore a mask and latex gloves. I donned my hat and sunglasses. I felt protected but also a bit weird.

The human body has nine points of entry protected by a thin (five layer epidermis): 2 nostrils, 2 eyes, 2 ears, 1 mouth, 1 anus and 1 genitalia (male or female). Germs or viruses can also enter the body through opening in the epidermis via cuts or bites. So that left only the entry to my ears unprotected during my brief walk.

I went to the bank to make a deposit. The guard greeted me at the door and squirted a gob of hand sanitizer onto my latex covered hands. I presented my bankbook and money to the cashier who was also clad in a face mask and gloves. Two other customers came in behind me and stood two meters apart. I completed my transaction, again greeted the guard (an Ecuadorian custom) and left the bank to continue my walk.

I do not know what the long term effects of these social changes will have on the people here. The hotel owners with whom I am in isolation still greet me and each other with an air kiss on the cheek each morning and evening. Parents still hug and love their children and men still greet one another with a handshake. We protect ourselves from elements of the outside world as much as we can but here family is all about love and the expression of that love. Perhaps some things are worth risking life for regardless of the abundance of caution we use otherwise.