Wednesday, 18 March 2020

There are now a nationwide curfew and quarantine

Well, what can I say but the fact that I am now experiencing my very first curfew and quarantine and to be honest, it is kinda scary? Not that I am worried about the virus itself, but the feeling of having your freedom taken away from you if you understand what I mean by that? I know its childish of me and a small price to pay in the situation we all are in at the moment and it's not like I was that much out and about in the first place. It's just the fact that now I am not allowed to and that gives me the urge to get out and do stuff, isn't it typical? The big shocker for me was the timing of it because I expected to have at least one or two more weeks before something like this happened!

The good thing in all of this is that we have been preparing for an “event” like this for a while now by every time we went grocery shopping we picked up a few extra items that got stored away for a “rainy” day. Not that it rains here in Huaral, but you know what I mean by it. what kinda had me rattled was the speed of how things escalated here in Peru. From the time of the first confirmed case of the covid-19 to a full-blown nationwide curfew took about a week and it's not like there are that many cases to this day either. If I am not mistaken, we are talking about 140 to 200 known or confirmed, but I do view this as a good thing. Because if this is done the correct way the spread of the virus will be limited.

The history behind this is that on Sunday afternoon we got a phone call from my inlaws warning us about the fact that there would be a curfew and that we needed to complete our preparations for a full lockdown of Peru. So within a couple of hours from receiving this phone call, we had gotten most of our remaining stock stored away. This was, for the most part, fresh products like vegetables, fruits, meat and other important goods. On the same day at 10 pm, the president addressed the nation with this information and that it would be in full effect by Tuesday at noon and completely expected people went full out crazy at the mall. So as of writing this blog post, most stores are out of the most day to day products.

At the time of our president addressing the nation all law enforcement departments, including the army, got their briefing on the situation and with that an official mobilization. I know it sounds kinda insane and you get the zombie apocalypse feeling of it. That is the feeling I was having the entire evening, but I am at the same time one of the lucky ones who has an office at home or on the same floor as my apartment. Most people here don't have that luxury. Most people here don't enjoy the luxury of being able to stay home from work over a longer period either and this is another factor in all of this that gets me worried. As said, I am one of the lucky ones.

At the same time, I can at any time of the day check in on my loved ones to make sure they are okay while being at the office. Because this might be my biggest worry in all of this, that one of them get sick or infected by the virus. When that has been said, I have made one last preparation to make sure things goes smoothly and that is the fact that I have put a single bed in my office, just to be on the safe side. You got that right, I am a bit paranoid when it comes to me getting sick but until I get the need to use it we as a family sticks together as a unit. To be honest, for many reasons I am not in a position where I can afford to get sick. If you are a dedicated reader of my blog you would know about one of them.

I know that this might sound insane and borderline paranoid, but its better to be safe than sorry and I do hate getting sick. At the same time, I haven't been sick since I moved to Peru back in 2016. I might have had the flu or a cold once, but no more than that. Anyway, I guess its time for me to wrap this post up and get it ready for my blog. Just wanted to update you guys on my situation here in Peru and in a way announce the fact that I will keep on updating my blog on this topic. At least as long as we are in this curfew and isolation. Let's call it an expat lost in the corona jungle type of thing. You can support my work through Ko-fi by buying me a coffee or two (Jack Bowler Sr), but please it's not something you have to do.

My thoughts and prayers go to my loved ones back home in Norway, the situation there seems to be much worse than here.

1 comment:

  1. Im sick, and i dont wish this to anyone.. Stay home, and i hope you and your family is safe and stay healthy <3