What It’s Like To Shop In A Coronavirus World

It is safe to say that our world has changed. The future of dental hygiene has changed, although we are not sure what the future will look like, it certainly cannot stay the same as before COVID-19.

I went shopping for essentials yesterday, a quick shopping trip to Aldi’s. Everyone was wearing a mask. I felt like a person from Invasion of the Body Snatchers in the last scene. Everybody was looking at me as if I didn’t belong. I mean everybody was wearing masks and gloves. I had only my sunglasses on.

I stood at least 6 feet from everybody, the best I could. The store was actually packed with people, wearing masks and gloves. I went over to a bin that held dozens of hams and a woman, garbed in a mask and gloves, was there busily sorting through each and every ham looking for, I guess, the perfect ham. I watched and waited for her to select her ham but she was having a hard time making a decision and continued sorting through each and every one. Meanwhile I stood there, waiting, as people walked past me to get into line. The line was at least 20 people long and I didn’t want it to get longer, I needed to get out of there ASAP.

My intention was to maintain a distance of 6 feet away from everyone but quite frankly at this point I was getting irritated at this woman’s inability to make a decision over a ham. I went over on the other side of the bin (2 feet away from her) opened it up and grabbed a ham, shut the door gave her a look and got into line. Boom chaka laka!

Tick tock lady. I need to go. I was breathing everyone’s air. When I got home I told my husband that everyone was wearing masks and that I would not go out without wearing one. He said, with everyone wearing a mask, I was safe(r). That may be true but I still felt buggy and took a shower.

I ordered some cloth masks off of Etsy and am waiting for them to arrive. Until then, I made a mask out of a sock. I have plenty of old knee socks that I cannot wear because they choke my calves. When I tried on my sock mask I found that because the material is pretty thick, it chokes my face.

Best to just stay in.

Are you staying put? Would love to hear how you are handling our current situation.

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