Everyone could use a little inspiration right now as the country is on lockdown during the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Actress Missy Peregrym provided some of that with an Instagram post she shared recently.
The post was a re-share of something Brené Brown originally posted. It shows an image that reads “We’re all in this together.” In the caption, the “FBI” star wrote, “I agree with this [100 emoji].
More than ever we need to be hopeful and share the damn toilet paper.”
Brown’s original message was much longer.
“Surviving this crisis will take a shift in mindset, and that’s tougher than we think – especially when we’re afraid,” Brown wrote. “Fear and anxiety can drive us to become very self-focused. This global pandemic is a real case of ‘getting sick together’ or ‘staying well together.'”
She continued, “Our choices affect everyone around us. There is no such thing as ‘individual risk’ or ‘individual wellness.’ This is the ultimate reminder that we are inextricably connected to each other. Turning away from collective action right now – as tempting as it is – will only generate more pain.”
It went on:
Owning and embracing our global interconnectedness (from a safe distance) and thinking about others as we make choices is, ironically, our only path to safety for ourselves and the people we love.
We can all get really shitty really fast when we’re afraid. I get it. I’m using deep breaths along with my personal mantra: ” Try to be scared without being scary.” Feel free to borrow both – they can help.
It’s also really normal for everyone to be on our nerves: The people who aren’t following the rules, the 10-second hand washers, etc. I get that too. TRUST ME.
But, like it or not, we just can’t give up on people. We’re all we have.
Stay awkward, brave, and kind. Love each other. Spread calm.
Heath officials are urging people to remain in their homes as much as possible and avoid all social gatherings. Additionally, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.