In January, 2020, news reports of a new virus coming out of Wuhan, China, began to appear around the world. Early reports called it the Wuhan Virus, but it was later classified as Covid-19, a Corona virus. By March, nations around the world had closed their borders to international travel, ordered citizens to stay in-doors and to practice "social distancing" when going outside. Stores were emptied of basic essentials like canned goods, paper towels and toilet paper.
Gyms, salons, restaurants, churches and other businesses were closed in order to keep people from coming into close contact. All major professional sports in the United States were cancelled for the year. The Tokyo Olympics were re-scheduled to 2021.
Even in stores that were open, customers were asked to keep six feet between themselves and others, and to stop bringing re-usable grocery bags, all in attempts to limit the spread of the virus.
As we experienced these events, we realized that many people may not be prepared for an extended period of being home, not working, not seeing friends or family. We had experienced several shelter at home events, from earthquakes, heavy snow, and now the Covid-19 virus, and we thought some of our experiences might be useful to others. Of course, over time many of the things we had tried in the past were no longer current (who uses a pager these days?), so we brushed up on our own knowledge and decided to share what we found with others.
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