Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Guide
ASERT has compiled resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current COVID-19 outbreak.
Hello again my dear readers,
How these crazy times just keep getting crazier. It’s felt like a long time since we last spoke. I took a ‘vacation’ during late June, and I’d like to offer you all a few fair words of advice if you or a loved one is planning on doing the same any time soon.
Although we’re still experiencing the effects of the pandemic, sometimes visiting family can take precedent. That’s what happened to my partner and I about a month ago; with my mom and both his parents/their families all living in Michigan, everyone wanted to see us. So we said ‘why not! Travel can’t be that bad right?’. Well, now we’ve lived it, and the least we can do is recount the experience, what we did and what we wish we did better.
Before I get this list started I’d like to clarify these tips are based on my own experience. Life is often complicated and messy, so please just ultimately try to listen to the CDC, and stay as safe as possible.
1. Have a good quality disposable mask for your flight. My partner and I were fortunate enough to get 2 pairs of N95 masks for the flight out and back. From our experience flying was probably one of the riskiest parts of our travel. The two airlines we took have ultimately decided they’d prefer to pack people into a smaller number of flights as opposed to keeping distance. Sharing a closed amount of air with 50+ strangers isn’t a walk in the park these days so try to take extra preventative measures when flying.
With those few words of advice and anecdotes, I hope you understand why I’ve referred to my vacation in quotation marks. I loved seeing old sights and familiar faces, eating my mom’s cooking again, but overall that trip was a stress-inducing nightmare. Next time I’d like to delve deeper into the mental health side of this topic as well.
But for now, my readers, stay safe and stay healthy,