Hi Lily, I really feel for you. My brother-in-law and his wife live in Hawaii, where the numbers are not so bad and people are, for the most part, acting sensibly. They realize they are lucky to be isolated from the rest of the country. Good luck and stay safe.
K & Terry,
With the American Thanksgiving holiday next week, Washington State, Oregon & California have issued "travel advisories" for populations. I expect other states to follow suit. (But, we'll see what actually happens...)
Our governor, Steve Sisolak, tested positive for the virus late last week, so he's in quarantine and, the last I heard, symptom-free, thank goodness. I don't envy his position in government: no matter what you say or do, someone doesn't agree with it - or worse. He's been threatened with a recall election a couple of times since mid-March, when he asked all Nevadans to stay home for two weeks, except for essential services, businesses. Small business owners have been hit very hard, unemployment rates skyrocketed along with the rest of the nation, our homeless rate has climbed from people out of work not being able to pay their rent. At that time, I knew that two weeks wouldn't suffice. Nor would four, or probably even six weeks. And, here we are, eight months later, with the highest positive daily reported cases in our county during the last week... and exhausted medical workers, diminishing medical resources, and no end in sight. (I re-read what I typed and, yes, Nevada's COVID-19 situation mirrors that of so many other states & countries. It's not just about us Nevadans, unfortunately.)
I work in an essential industry (construction) in our building's lobby, so have worn a mask at my office 8 hours a day, five days a week since mid-April. Some of my coworkers are able to work mask-free while alone at their desks, but are to be masked while in common areas and/or in meetings of two or more (per current CDC regs). Some of these individuals STILL complain about how wearing a mask is inconvenient, "a pain", they can't breathe (but no one has passed out, yet), or they believe that "with so many people getting sick, the masks aren't effective", etc., etc. All this even after our office staff have been touched by the virus: we've have about 10% of our staff who have quarantined at one point or another, and at least one person/a member of their family tested positive for COVID-19 in early summer. I chose to get myself tested, as well, as I had been in close proximity with this individual frequently. I was blessed that my test result was negative, yet my worries remain, understandably.
On the lighter side of things: the Earth is still spinning on its axis, my cat still loves me (okay - it may be "cupboard love", but I'll take it! LOL), I have the year's most expensive grocery shopping trip behind me, my personal library is stocked, there are many movies and comedy routines at the ready in my home on DVD & VHS, and the popcorn kernels are ready for their "hot oil treatment". : ) One genre of movies/shows I am NOT watching are those involving viruses and end-of-the-world scenarios! : ) Now...if only I could "hunker down" like K plans to, and just wait things out... ; )
I hope you & your family members, friends all stay well, and stay in touch! : )