Crises Can Emerge in Unexpected Forms - Be Prepared -

working remotely at home because of the COVID pandemic

Bryson and Rose are a 30-something couple who both are working remotely at home because of the COVID pandemic. Their two children, ages 8 and 11, are attending classes online, too.  The nice thing about this setup is that there is not the mad dash to get everyone’s breakfast and out the door to catch the school bus. Even so, everyone still has to dress for their online interactions. All seemed fine, as they went about their routine. But crises can emerge in unexpected forms.

Rose’s mom died from lung cancer ten years ago, and her dad sadly died from COVID-19 a few months ago. So, the family is shaken, and caught up in grief. But they know other people who have lost loved ones from COVID, so they tell themselves they aren’t alone.

Bryson’s dad died in an auto accident when Bryson was 15. With the help of lots of relatives and good neighbors, the men in his life tried to step in to give him the kind of support he lost when his dad died. It sure didn’t replace his dad…but it helped him to feel less abandoned.

Bryon’s mom, Trudy, their only living parent, lives in the house she and her husband paid off through the years and she doesn’t want to leave it. But with the pandemic she honestly does feel trapped there. She’s 55 minutes away from from Bryson and Rose on the other side of the city when the weather’s good. And in this pandemic, with her need to be cautious to avoid contracting “the virus” she feels isolated. She’s 78, and when the Arctic storm hit her area, the city was paralyzed. There was no mail delivery. There was no electricity for 2 days, and her water was turned off the first night.

She stayed in bed with piled blankets and kept her cat in bed with her to keep them both warm. She talked with her son and her friends on the phone. But had to keep conversations short so she would not run down her phone battery. Once a day, she would walk to her car, and run the engine with the garage door open so she could recharge her phone. These sessions were good for warming her up, too, with the car heater.

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By the third day, they were having “rolling blackouts” that lasted 6 or 8 hours at a time, with 15 min breaks of electricity. Those rolling blackouts were more like solid blackouts with rolling power bursts. Then, the 4th day, the power burst lasted 4 hours. Finally, she began to notice ice forming on the bedroom ceiling. A couple hours after the power came on, the bedroom ceiling caved in. Flooded her bedroom. Her furniture.

She called the hotels nearby in hopes she could check into a room until the insurance could pay to restore and repair her house.

Of course, she could have been with Bryson and Rose when she heard the storm was coming, but COVID!! So exasperating!!

Since they are an active family, even though they’re careful and use protective masks, social distancing, and other precautions, they’re exposed to people more than Trudy is. So they didn’t think it was safe for her to be with them. And they had no idea how bad this winter storm phenomenon was going to be.

Trouble was, all the hotels were booked up.

Trudy finally just sat down and cried. She felt so helpless, so alone, and so frightened. She’d always been independent, but this extreme cold, lack of power, no water…it was overwhelming.

Still, when the ceiling broke and her house was flooded, she was afraid to continue to stay there.

 She called Bryson crying, asking him what she should do. She asked if he knew anyone who had a four-wheel drive vehicle who could come pick her up and take her to his house.  She was desperate.

Bryson and Rose were so frightened for Trudy, but had no resources for getting her to a safe place. They deeply regretted they hadn’t invested in the plasma cell technology they’d learned about at the beginning of 2020 that removes COVID particles from the air and makes it safe.

If they had, there would have been no fear for Trudy to join them during this storm where she could be safe and have their support. Even though they lost power and water, too, they had stocked up in advance and had battery operated heaters and bottled water. She would have been so much more comfortable there.

And she would not have been alone and afraid.

Bryson and Rose had always talked themselves out of investing in this because everyone said the pandemic should be under control by the end of the year, and they didn’t want to spend the money. They thought it would be fine. They forgot that crises can emerge in unexpected forms.

However. This was the straw that broke the camel’s back. It was all over the news that US COVID deaths had reached 500,000. So even though vaccines seemed to be helping to slow down the spread of the virus, it was still dangerous, people are still dying, and precautions are still necessary.

Bryson called everyone he could think of through work and his tennis club to see if anyone knew anyone with a 4wheel drive vehicle to get his mom to safety.  He knew she was fighting panic, and the streets of the city were frozen.  Grocery stores weren’t open. Frightening.

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Finally at 2am, a coworker called him with the name and number of a friend of his brother-in-law who drove a 4wheel drive vehicle. He offered to pick up Trudy in the morning.

And he did, along with her cat and her clothes. His heater was blowing hard when he helped her into the seat, and she finally felt she could let down. She put her cat carrier in her lap, sagged against the seat…and eventually began to thaw. Then she sobbed, and sobbed, and sobbed. Trudy apologized, but she honestly wasn’t sure she or her cat would have survived this horrific arctic blast by themselves. 

In less than 2 hours, Trudy was safe and warm by the fire in Bryson and Rose’s house.  Of course, everyone in the house wore masks, and washed their hands often. The children were so relieved their grandma was safe, they were glad to cooperate.

First item on the agenda when the power was restored?  Bryson made the call to order the technology for his home that destroys and removes viruses, bacteria, and mold from the air and from surfaces.

He and Rose could have lost Trudy in this unexpected nightmare of an arctic storm. They were caught by surprise and were not prepared. If they had invested in this system at the beginning of the COVID crisis, Trudy would have been safely and securely with them and would have had their support and help through all the difficulties of the freeze.

And they also knew that even after the pandemic was under better control, it would still be present. And their world class air purifier and surface sanitizer would continue protecting all of their family from SARS-CoV-2 as well as any other viruses, like influenza for heaven’s sake, that were present.

Because crises can emerge in unexpected forms. It is better to be prepared than to put the people you love at risk.

Since they were able to get financing for the system, it gave them time to pay for it while enjoying its protection every day.

So what did they buy?

Airocide Air Disinfection units destroy 99.99% viruses, bacteria, and mold from the air

Steramist Surface Disinfection destroys 99.9999% viruses, bacteria, and mold from surfaces

VitaLux Hand Sanitizer with Aloe, Vitamin E, and a lovely lavender fragrance to soothe and nourish skin while pathogens are destroyed

Get the jump on the next crisis, while protecting your loved ones and employees from viruses that cause COVID-19 and Influenza, as well as bacteria that cause staph infections, strep throat, and bronchitis, and molds of all kinds.

This is an age of biological warfare. The COVID pandemic has shown what can happen. Arm yourself, your family, and all the people who matter in your world. Make your home and office the safest on the street.

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