12 Things Going Through Every New Jerseyan’s Mind In Light Of The Coronavirus Pandemic

New Jersey has been through tough times before, and we’ve recovered. September 11th shook us all, with many Garden State residents working in New York City, and many first responders answering calls for help. After 9/11, many of us thought we’d never be able to relax again…but we did. We mourned, we worried, but we’re still here today. Hurricane Sandy was another major blow. Lives were lost and the economic damage seemed insurmountable but we came together as a community.

That’s how we’ll get through the Coronavirus – as a community. We can support the elderly and immunodeficient by social distancing. We can check in with friends and family via phone or email. We can educate others on proper safety procedures (washing hands for 20 seconds, sanitizing phones and other frequently used surfaces). We can skip hanging out with friends, even when we’re bored. We can share silly stories and silver linings, and we can enjoy all the online resources at our disposal. It won’t be easy, but we can do it.

Though I don’t have any plans to focus heavily on the Covid-19 pandemic, preferring to share entertaining stories and destinations worth visiting when we can, I’m want to talk today about a few things that are going through the minds of many New Jerseyans.

These are valid questions. While I can’t answer all of them, there are a wide variety of resources available online. You can find information on the importance of social distancing, best practices for preventing transmission, symptoms, mental health tips, and a whole host of information on the CDC website. There’s a lot of misinformation out there, so it’s important to look to credible sources.

What I can help with is what to do when you’re stuck at home. I’ll be covering several virtual events and activities in the coming days and weeks (like this virtual museum tour) but I have a few ideas for you right now: conquer that home or organization project you’ve been putting off, read a book, learn something new (a skill or language, perhaps), start a gratitude journal, call friends and family members, make your own cookbook of family and favorite recipes, exercise, try some kid-friendly science experiments, or play board and card games.

Share your favorite (appropriate!) at-home boredom busters in the comments.