"Self-quarantining requires people to have your back" by: Jessica Shepard

   So, I know there’s a little learning curve for citizens to socially distance themselves in the wake of COVID-19 reaching Matagorda County. 
   And there’s been plenty of jokes about it on social media, too. 
   After all, many of us still have to go to work and aren’t able to take extended time off to quarantine ourselves. 
   That’s what “social distancing” is – self quarantining! 
   To be completely honest, I’ve always been a bit of an introvert and have no problem self-quarantining myself at home. 
   Sometimes, I don’t even leave my room and just spend my time reading, crafting or playing a videogame. 
   Close friends of mine are having trouble finding activities to keep their children occupied now that they’re out of school. 
   Plus, districts statewide have suspended sports and extracurricular activities, too. 
   That means families are spending nearly 24 hours together under one roof and I’m sure things are getting stressful already. 
   Spring Break was last week, so, anyone who was out traveling is definitely now stuck at home. 
   If you’re not used to spending time indoors for great lengths of time, it can definitely get hectic and sometimes, borderline painful. 
   Especially if your internet is slow or too many people are using devices hooked up to it. 
   That’s what happens here at home when we’re working on the paper and still keeping up with social media on our smartphones. 
   It’s only gotten worse the last few days because my brother came home and he’s such a huge gamer. 
   We’ve just worked out a sort of timeshare where we use one device apiece to keep the internet traffic down. 
   Other than that, we’re running at normal capacity for work. 
   I suppose we’re lucky that way and I just have to remind myself that not everyone has the same access to the internet or breaking news as I do. 
   And that’s something we all have to keep in mind as well. 
   With limited areas of free WiFi around town and several cellular phone dead spots in the county – that’s something to keep in mind. 
   Staying informed and up to date on the COVID-19 pandemic is important for everyone. 
   Especially when the leaders in our city, county, state and federal government are taking steps to keep the citizens healthy and safe. 
   We’ve been told to maintain at least six feet of distance with each other and it’s just a struggle to stay in the same room at work without stepping on each other’s toes. 
   Let alone not crowding each other in the kitchen making dinner or having family movie time on the couch. 
   I guess we’ll just keep practicing healthy hygiene habits and try not to get each other sick. 
   And while I know we’re struggling, we always maintain the mantra that “the family that suffers together, stays together.” 
   It’s worked for family vacations and emergencies in the past so, we’ll just keep upholding it now. 
   After all, it’s easier to hurdle an illness if you’ve got people watching your back and helping to take care of one another. 
   I hope you have someone watching yours as well as my family watches mine.   

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