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Your partner could have coronavirus, and so could you. How many people have coronavirus? Just thinking about the possibility sends chills up my spine. It’s normal to worry and stress out about a situation like this. A lot of couples are facing the same scenario right now. Not only are businesses suffering because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but relationships are, too. 

We still have to pay mortgage notes, rent, utility bills, car notes, insurance, you name it. It will all become due at some point and time in the near future. Hopefully, we’ll have the resources before long. In the meantime, we still have to eat. Since the kids out of school, many households wonder how they are going to get through the rocky road ahead. 

Well, one thing’s for sure, and that is there’s no sense in freaking out over something we have little control over. We all understand if you’re feeling a bit anxious and overly concerned but try to stay calm. It’s hard, I know; you’re concerned your partner could have coronavirus, and what’s more, your boss laid you off. Can it get any worse? The truth is, it can.  

Not only are you laid off, but 3.3 million callers are jamming the phone lines filing for unemployment benefits at the same time. I’ve called and it’s crazy trying to get in. Some days I don’t. The expectation is that it’s going to continue to rise.

By April, it may be 40 million people out of a job, not including those who are self-employed and the workers who are not eligible for benefits. The reality is if we don’t have any savings, we could be in big trouble waiting for companies to defer payments, make arrangements, or receive the stimulus money. The good news is 45 is doing something sensible for a change and giving people the help they need to get by. Hopefully, the pandemic will have subsided before the benefits run out. 

I spoke to Credit Acceptance regarding the pandemic and loss of income, and the response I got was if I did not make a payment, they’d tow my car over one month’s late payment. Yep, believe it. I don’t know if that came from the corporation or from a hateful customer service rep, but some creditors are not sympathetic to the current state of emergency. So, what do we do in the meantime? How do we care for our loved ones who may have coronavirus? 

You, Your Partner, and Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers caregivers guidance. The person who’s ill should not have any contact with other people in the home. They should have a room with a private bathroom if possible. If not, clean the area well after each use. Ripe down doorknobs, counters, toilets, or any surface they touch with Lysol and alcohol. The infected person should also wear a mask and gloves to prevent infecting someone else in the home. 

Right now, the US can’t be sure of the number of cases, and that could be due to a “shortage of test kits.” The coronavirus mainly has attacked people in their 40s, but there is at least one case of an infant having the virus. So far, they don’t have any evidence connecting the coronavirus and pregnant women. The best advice is to use gloves when you have to touch surfaces like public doors, counters, and shopping carts; however, be careful how you take the glove off. 

Refrain from touching the gloves that have touched handles, doors, etc.. Stay a safe distance (“social distancing”) when you must go out in public. Staying away from someone who has the virus is easier said than done when your partner could have coronavirus. 

Someone with a weakened immune system has a higher risk of becoming ill than a healthy person, so avoid going out or coming into contact with someone who has the virus. But when your spouse is that someone, what should you do? How do you take care of them and not get sick yourself? It’s scary to take care of someone with an extremely infectious disease like the coronavirus, but equally, as heart-wrenching to think about leaving them in their time of need. 

Close to a million weddings were scheduled in the United States alone this spring. Couples are contemplating postponing their marriage plans. Some are willing to go through with their dream wedding and honeymoon. At the risk of catching COVID-19, what are some options for these people?

Couples and wedding planners are agreeing to plan smaller ceremonies and delay their honeymoon until they lift travel restrictions. At the same time, not everyone will wait it out or have a small wedding, although the CDC thinks couples should cancel their weddings or postpone it. If couples are going through with the marriage plans, minimize stress by celebrating with ten or less close family members or friends. 

Dealing with Stress Related to Coronavirus

I don’t know of anyone who isn’t feeling stressful about the coronavirus. This virus doesn’t care how much money you have, what color your skin is, your religion, or where you live. The disease simply doesn’t care about you. In fact, in some instances, it’s fatal.

Healthcare professionals say there’s hope but does coronavirus have a cure? The thought that your partner may have coronavirus is enough to depress a person. So, here are a few suggestions to help prevent you from going insane. 

Drink Water, Eat Right and Sleep Tight 

You can’t neglect your body, not even during a pandemic. It’s crucial to self-medicate but with the right stuff. Eat healthy meals and get plenty of rest. Most people are at home right now, so there’s no excuse now.

Connect With Friends and Family 

When it comes to coronavirus and travel, the government advises against it. Although we’re isolated, it’s still highly important we maintain relationships. Social distancing doesn’t mean forgetting who your friends are or your family, including your church family. If your church as a social media page, check it out. See what they have to offer in terms of virtual services or news about community events. We need all the positive vibes and uplifting activities we can get. 

Get Professional Help if Needed 

You want to focus on yourself and how you are dealing with the ordeal. Don’t worry about what anyone would think if you need help, get it. “If people are finding they can’t stop worrying,” Ey said, “it might be helpful for them to talk to a counselor short term worries.”

If you are anxious or feeling some type of way about the coronavirus, try some calming exercises. Release stress hormones by exercising, says Sydney Ey, a professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University, and “your mind will follow.”

Y’all stay home as much as possible. Please take this seriously. It’s in the Bible so stay prayed up. 

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Mikki Donaldson is a southern girl, born in “hard time Mississippi.” She, like her town, has seen many hurricanes, but bounce back each time. Mikki is no different from any other person with a passion, late to bed and early to rise. The writer adores her family and seeks to leave her mark on this remarkable world.