I guess we are all three among the lucky ones. Eric's area sounds gorgeous......I think I read it's the largest man-made lake anywhere.....I too have to say I am pretty content so far, at least, being cooped up indoors, along with my easy-to- live-with husband Ron, who is my soul-mate and has been with me since 1987. There is no shortage of things happening of interest to us, and I have not yet gotten to any of the projects I thought I'd have time for. The process for getting food and supplies is working well, but that alone takes a lot of planning and time.....no more crossing the street for a needed container of milk, or driving to Trader Joe's with a list of a dozen items......
We are lucky to be living in a leafy green and wooded area of NYC.....up on a hill overlooking the beautiful Hudson River. We actually have our own little fyord in another direction on the Spuyten Duyvil Creek.....an advantage of living up high. And If we are brave about going out, our two buildings with 240 apartments sit on 13 acres of walks and gardens.....so this is not hardship living by any means. But, the consequences of getting this disease would be so devastating that we look at, but don't walk outside even in our immediate area.
Regarding the epidemic, the numbers for our area are staggering, and there is certainly no going out for pizza, like Dave's friend in Montana.
Our county has 35,000 confirmed cases, which is 2 1/2 percent of the population, the most cases per 100,00 in the whole of the US. Our zip code has about 300, but I do not know of any infections in our co-op or immediate area.
But it means that delivery people, and those working in groceries, delivering mail, bank tellers, and other in "essential services" working here but living elsewhere may be infected without knowing it.......or worse yet, knowing they are ill but working anyway to pay their bills.....The larger issue regarding numbers is that only 4% of New Yorkers have even been tested, with fewer percentages in the rest of the country.
So, no one really knows the true numbers of previously or presently infected persons in the United States. The news about antibody testing being done by 70 different companies, with varying criteria and levels of experience is not reassuring either.
Dave is right, though. We have experienced much worse on a personal basis in various ways in the past, and we will get over this eventually as well.
Stay safe, everyone, and take care.....and keep in touch.