Is the ongoing pandemic weighing on you emotionally?

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As the months pass by, and the pandemic dictates to at least some degree how we live our lives, are you feeling emotionally stressed? Are you frustrated, or maybe even a little angry that this seems so unfair? Do you feel more “on edge” than you did in the past?

Until early this year, we have lived our lives being able to pretty much go where we want, when we want, with not much thought to catching a serious disease. Some of us may feel we’re at least somewhat caged in now.

But catching a cold or even the seasonal flu is not in the same league as what we’re dealing with today. With COVID-19, hospitalization is often required and the chance of dying is higher than most diseases, especially among the over-60 crowd, which makes up the largest segment of this website’s audience.

How are you taking it? Are you feeling pretty close to normal, or maybe stressed at the loss of what was once your normal life?

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David Allen
9 days ago

The Pandemic itself does not bother me. All the news, hoopla and daily misinformation definitely causes stress though.

John
12 days ago

I just turned 60 a year ago. By January I was finally receiving my military and my civil service retirement checks. We finally had the repainting of our RV done. We bought a motorscooter to tote with us on a hitch carrier and had everything in place. Then Covid hit and we really could not go anywhere. At first, almost everything has closed. Later on, some things started opening, but with so much uncertainty of what we could and could not do or see, we’ve been reluctant to venture out. And now, things are getting a little better in that regard, but we have to worry about massive overcrowding of campgrounds and possibly true difficulty in finding somewhere to camp, if we do decide to take to the road. Not what I planned for retirement.

TravelingJW
13 days ago

The emotional weight is sadness due to 4 people we know who died of Covid symptoms. We met 2 more people on our current trip who had a parent die. We had another friend die a few days ago, not from Covid, but death is sad and emotional.
But other than sadness we are fine, just careful. We are on a 3 week, 5 state trip, and almost everyone is practicing social distancing with most wearing masks indoors. Has it affected us emotionally, not really. Except for some of the idiots on social media. It is emotional when people on social media forget common decency.

Lydia Bishop
13 days ago

I remember reading a book in high school called “How to Lie With Statistics.”
Nuff said?

Lydia Bishop
13 days ago

I became very aware of COVID19 early on since I live near Everett, WA where it all began. One of my sister-in-law’s friends lives in the LifeCare nursing home in Kirkland. (Her 96 year old friend is still alive and kicking!) In February I had a routine check-up at my doctor’s office and the receptionist asked I had been to China recently or had close contact with someone who had. At about the time I would normally be crawling out of my wintertime depression issues my state shut down in mid March. My husband and I usually take our trailer out in March for a few days. We’ve only been able to escape once this year. Camping is our therapy, much needed escape and the state was shut down. During this time I’ve been kind of “frozen in place” and my husband, the opposite. He has rebuilt the back porch, remodeled the kitchen and is now remodeling the bathroom. I froze, he became a mad worker bee. Don’t worry he’s got the skill set to accomplish the tasks.

Eric
13 days ago

Life goes on! We have been out in our RV 25 days so far this season and we have 15 more days planned and we both still work. Our lives have stayed fairly the same except with a few precautions. I’m looking forward to November 4th when this bs scam will finally be over.

chris p hemstead
13 days ago
Reply to  Eric

What happens on Nov 4?

Lydia Bishop
13 days ago

We might know the results of the election that morning.

Matt Johnson
13 days ago
Reply to  Eric

It depends who wins. It’s all about politics at this point.

Marie Dalzell
13 days ago

Obviously Covid 19 is out there but we personally choose not to live in fear. We have no health issues; if we get it, hopefully we’ll fight it off. If not, nothing I can do about it. We all have to die sometime and if it’s my time, so be it. At least I’ve spent the pandemic having fun while camping for our first season.

Humdrum Hermits
13 days ago

I read an article about an innovative company that switched to making “mobile morgues” for overwhelmed hospitals. It was supposed to be an upbeat article about a smart, timely entrepreneur but how can you read that and not feel sad.

Kathy
13 days ago

One of the things that surprised me was how self centered people are? It would help keep you healthy, but your choice. Why not think of others? You may come in contact with someone that is on chemo and has no one to go to the grocery store for them or a healthy person that goes home a child on chemo (like a St. Jude child) or someone helping elderly neighbors? I am shocked the number of Christians that refuse to wear a mask. Jesus said the greatest commandment of all, Love your neighbor. What better way to show love to your neighbor?

CTK
13 days ago
Reply to  Kathy

You are so right, Kathy. Religion is like the Constitution for some to spout, but only when it is convenient and benefits them. If people would only ask themselves what would Jesus do.

Matt Johnson
13 days ago
Reply to  Kathy

Because it’s not about facts, it’s about politics and control.

Simple mathematics tell us the more we test the more positive cases will show up, not necessarily in relation to hospitalization, which is the main factor number. But they don’t tell you that. Also the Wuhan virus molecule measures 60 to 120Nm its called a complex molecule. A N95 mask will allow approximately 20% of the Wuhan virus through. And that’s only if you pass a proper fit test. Paper surgical mask or cloth mask will allow approximately 90 to 100% of the Wuhan virus through. Again just looking at facts.

And if masks worked, why haven’t we opened up the country and mandate masks? If social distance works, why do we have to wear masks? The answer is because it’s not about the Wuhan virus, it’s about politics.

tim palmer
11 days ago
Reply to  Matt Johnson

I am not worried about getting the “Wuhan virus” as much as I am worried about catching Covid-19.

Travis
9 days ago
Reply to  Matt Johnson

Amen brother. Been preaching this for a while but everyone wants to be a sheep. Another way to explain it to folks that they may understand is using a mask to stop covid is like using a chain link fence to stop a mosquito. The best way to keep yourself safe is distance from others and wash your hands often.

Cat
13 days ago

Is C19 scary? Absolutely, so we do everything we can to prevent it from coming in the front door, including staying out of states where C19 has a good foothold. This has curtailed our planned traveling in 2020 but our hope is that 2021 will see us venturing farther afield. As we wait, we have gotten back on bikes that have been hanging from the ceiling of the garage for 20 years. Being outside does improve the attitude. Although not “stressed”, we are very disappointed by those people who feel they don’t need to wear a mask and/or distance themselves. We are disappointed in the shallowness and disregard from these people. Frankly, we’re highly stressed by the disrespect of our constitution by certain politicians in DC. That scares us more than C19.

Matt Johnson
13 days ago
Reply to  Cat

Because it’s not about facts, it’s about politics and control.

Simple mathematics tell us the more we test the more positive cases will show up, not necessarily in relation to hospitalization, which is the main factor number. But they don’t tell you that. Also the Wuhan virus molecule measures 60 to 120Nm its called a complex molecule. A N95 mask will allow approximately 20% of the Wuhan virus through. And that’s only if you pass a proper fit test. Paper surgical mask or cloth mask will allow approximately 90 to 100% of the Wuhan virus through. Again just looking at facts.

And if masks worked, why haven’t we opened up the country and mandate masks? If social distance works, why do we have to wear masks? The answer is because it’s not about the Wuhan virus, it’s about politics.

Edie Watson
13 days ago

Gosh, Chuck, I’ll bet you’re sorry you asked the pandemic question! People sure go off on a tangent. I just love all of the shoulda, coulda, woulda comments that are after-the-fact. We have a reality here that everyone must travel. in their own way. The main thing is to be considerate of others and not hurtful. That’s what our mothers taught us. I’ve been in mask-wearing communities, non-mask-wearing communities, social distancing and non-distance settings. I do what I feel is best for me. I wear a mask, keep my space, keep my mouth shut and go on about my business, letting others do the same. Have I had ugly comments made to me? Sure! What bothers the commenters the most? My no-comment! As Paul Harvey would say – “Good day!”

Julia
13 days ago
Reply to  Edie Watson

Well expressed Edie…👍👍🤗

Goldie
13 days ago

We do know folks who have been ill and some who died. In the beginning I really missed hugging friends and family. But I have a few friends now that I do hug again because we trust each other’s lifestyles. We have traveled for several months in our RV, attended one of the few rallies that didn’t get cancelled and even visited our manufacturers facility for a little work on our coach – which required moving into a hotel. We came home in time to fly to a long planned trip with friends and have planned another RV trip, including a rally, for December. We are both in our 70’s, we wear our masks, sanitize like crazy and live our lives. This isn’t going to go away soon. Everyone needs to find a way to live their lives around COVID-19. No one had to tell me when to start wearing a mask. I didn’t have to be told to wash my hands, sanitize or stay away from crowds who were not being cautious. It’s called personal responsibility. The blame game isn’t helpful.

Mitzi Agnew Giles
13 days ago

Retired nurse, concerned about numbers of people who refuse to wear masks and/or harass mask wearing. Have heat induced asthma and have been trying to talk DH into spending more summer time in areas where being outside won’t kill me at this time of year. I had plans for a more extensive trip this summer(first in 2017 30 day trip to Newfoundland/Nova Scotia reduced by almost half) and fell ill on 2018 trip to Quebec, 2019 almost killed by idiot tow truck driver on Blue Ridge Parkway) DH is somewhat less compromised than I as he only has cardiac disease, I have that as well as diabetes. Afraid that returning snowbirds will be asymptomatic- those are the ones who are spreading it to others. Lack of symptoms does NOT indicate you are disease free!

Matt Johnson
13 days ago

Please do fill free to wear a mask, it should be a choice. As a RN you Know to wear PPE that is appropriate for the problem you need protection from. There is a reason the technicians in Wuhan wore sealed suits with positive air flow. Think about it. Now here’s a little bit about masks
Simple mathematics tell us the more we test the more positive cases will show up, not necessarily in relation to hospitalization, which is the main factor number. But they don’t tell you that. Also the Wuhan virus molecule measures 60 to 120Nm its called a complex molecule. A N95 mask will allow approximately 20% of the Wuhan virus through. And that’s only if you pass a proper fit test. Paper surgical mask or cloth mask will allow approximately 90 to 100% of the Wuhan virus through. Again just looking at facts.

And if masks worked, why haven’t we opened up the country and mandate masks? If social distance works, why do we have to wear masks? it’s about politics.

Last edited 13 days ago by Matt Johnson
Marie Dalzell
12 days ago
Reply to  Matt Johnson

I saw a video on FB that an anesthesiologist made. He put on various masks from disposable to cloth up to ones that looked pretty serious, had filters (sorry don’t know the name). He used a vape to blow smoke through. It escaped from all 4 or 5 masks.

ron
13 days ago

If as a country we would have addressed this as United, we would have it contained. We will be dealing with this for years with the current divided approach.

Mike Albert
13 days ago
Reply to  ron

Ron, I don’t know if it would have been contained, but clearly reduced as did other countries. We swept it under the proverbial rug.

Jim
6 days ago
Reply to  Mike Albert

Seriously? It was swept under the rug? No, it became a political thing which first caused one political side to scream xenophobia, then scream resources were inadequate, then with revisionist history scream nothing was done in time. So, there’s that reality.

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Ann
13 days ago

I’ve reached the point where I’m not that stressed about the disease. We know better how it spreads. I stay outdoors, keep my mask on in public, wash my hands, and I’m fairly confident my family and I will all weather this successfully.

But we haven’t traveled all year, at first because of fear of the unknown and government limits, and now because we don’t want to fight crowds. And finances are an issue. I haven’t worked since early March, and things in stores are more expensive.

My biggest stress right now is that I’ve been called back to work. Which is good, but…I’m an adjunct college instructor, teaching a subject that has to be taught in person. The small college I teach at is clueless about keeping people safe in the classroom, and the students at my school are undoubtedly going to behave exactly like students everywhere. I’d like to turn down the work because it isn’t safe, but then I wouldn’t get hired back later.

Edie Watson
13 days ago
Reply to  Ann

Sympathize with you. I know you need your job. How about not only do you wear a filtered mask (I took apart a MERS13 furnace filter and cut its not filter size I needed. It made more filters than I could count! You just have to determine at the time the topside of the filter material and put a little X on each one that indicates that is the side to put toward your mouth when you put it in the mask filter pocket) but you also buy some of those plastic face covers to wear at the same time as the mask? That’s the way my FL granddaughter goes to school 2 days a week! I also wear my surgical gloves (don’t care what is said about the efficacy) and strip them off, wash hands, use sanitizer. Talk about cautious! This might work for you and reduce your stress about going back to the classroom. Best wishes, Ann.

Alaska Traveler
13 days ago

I usually enjoy the comments because they are not political. Every other media source is inundating us with “emotional” political trash. I have unfollowed almost everyone on my Facebook page, don’t subscribe to Twitter….etc. I watch no television other than reruns of old popular shows on Hulu and Britbox. The violence, disrespect and ignorance along with the virus is trying my patience but I won’t allow it to overwhelm. But I would appreciate those commenting to leave their political prejudice out of their comments and continue civil conversations we can all agree on. Thank you.

Irv
13 days ago

Two emotional impacts:
• Worrying about loved ones with severe cases and/or after effects of COVID19. Plus elderly relatives at high risk if they catch it.
• A slight case of cabin fever. We live in the woods so we go camping not to see nature but to use the campsite as a base to explore and visit museums, historical sites, museums, etc.

Traveler
13 days ago

My stress comes from the reactions of people.
Of course, you are an expert and your opinion needs to be loudly stepped over anyone else’s. Of course, it was someone else’s horrible life choices that killed them. Of course, those idiots in ______ didn’t do it right, the way you would have done it.

Notfunny
13 days ago

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Ed D.
13 days ago
Reply to  Notfunny

Hey, “not funny”, I agree with you. I deal with Companies all across the country. I don’t know anyone in my personal sphere, that has had anyone die from it. Only one person that I deal with professionally, has a Father in NY, who came down with it but recovered. We are just continuing with our lives and not allowing it to get us down. Right now we are in our RV, in N.C. We pretty much spend most of our summer months here, surrounded by a lake and Mountain ranges.
Going to a Grocery Store and touching something someone else may have already touched, could lead to contracting this thing. So my advice to people is to lead your lives and enjoy them while you still can. If you take a million precautions and still catch it, you will regret not enjoying life while you still had a chance to do so. So to all out there…..Stay safe and HAPPY CAMPING!

chris p hemstead
13 days ago
Reply to  Notfunny

I’m glad you’re posting information we can all trust.

Tommy Molnar
13 days ago

Since we don’t really know WHO to trust, Notfunny’s comments are as good as any other. Politicians are on the top of the “do not trust” list.

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chris p hemstead
13 days ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

The problem with “not trusting anything” is that you end up trusting whatever the hell you can make up as “true”. That 6% number was bogus and misleading. Science and medicine changes as we know more. That’s what you trust… or should, but that doesn’t seem to be too popular in many parts of this nation. I wonder why.

Mike Albert
13 days ago
Reply to  Notfunny

Ok. The CDC said that the 6% only had Covid-19 and the remainder 94% (your figures) had underlining conditions are 100% true. What you and others fail to understand are that the 94% did have Covid and that the six percent ONLY had Covid and no other conditions. Unfortunately, there was a total of 100% infected with Covid That passed.

Let’s look at it this way. I’m sure this will make it clear to a lot of COVID-19 nonbelievers.

Let’s say a healthy individual with no bad habits Is shot with a gun and dies. The coroner would rule it a death by gunshot.
NOW, if an overweight smoker is shot and killed, the same coroner would rule it as a death by gun shot.

Either way you look at it they BOTH died by gunshots.
Same goes for Covid-19. They ALL died from Covid-19.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
13 days ago
Reply to  Mike Albert

Thanks, Mike. Good explanation (correlation?). Unfortunately, a lot of people will only believe what they want to. Stay healthy. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

KellyR
13 days ago
Reply to  Mike Albert

Mike, it seems to me that you and I are the only ones that see it this way.

Ann
13 days ago
Reply to  Notfunny

Nearly all of the population, especially once they’re over 50, has one or more preexisting conditions. People live for years or decades with things like obesity, diabetes, COPD, etc. Then they catch COVID and die, like your BIL’s Mom. Without COVID, she would probably have lived for a number of years, and died this year instead as a direct result of COVID.

Beyond that 94% statistic that some news outlets misrepresented, the CDC also says that there are over 200,000 “excess deaths” in the US this year. The CDC knows how many people typically die in a normal year, and somewhere between 200-250,000 extra people have died. Which probably means that the official number of COVID deaths is about 25% too low, not too high.

chris p hemstead
13 days ago
Reply to  Ann

4% of the world’ population, 25% of the deaths. That’s an embarrassment.