I really, really wanted to write something other than a COVID-19 related post today.
A story from the past, maybe about the time I lived in Italy for three years as a child...but wait, Italy is in the throes of a COVID crisis right now. Zero COVID-19 degrees.
Oh, I know--a teaching story from the beginning years, lucky to start with four students in my resource room housed in a portable. But that has to do with my current career as well; I'll give it one COVID-19 degree, since I'm a librarian now.
Hmmm, a post about my former pets growing up? Makes me think of the animal shelters fostering out dogs and cats as they are having to shut down...I know someone who is fostering a dog. Shall we give it it three COVID-19 degrees?
Anything about my current job and lifestyle is definitely a zero degree situation. Working from home, staying at home, going for walks in the middle of what would be a workday just to get my usual steps in (that's my goal for today, anyway)--all COVID-19 related.
The one factor offering a few more degrees of separation is my personal health and that of my family and friends. No one in my personal circles is sick (knock on wood). We don't know if we're carriers or not. In light of that unknowing, I'm going to pretend that COVID-19 is beyond six degrees of separation. Hopefully it will remain so, as we live our separate lives.
(If you're not familiar with the "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon", here's a link that explains the game. There is also an interesting play/ movie called "Six Degrees of Separation"--not meant for children. This is all based on the premise that we are all connected within six degrees of separation--hence the need for social distancing during a pandemic.)
(GIF by Toby Morris and Siouxsie Wiles. More illustrations here.)