I write this as my kids work on their math schoolwork a few feet away from me. There is much giggling and chatter, so I don’t think much learning is happening. Yet it’s nice to hear their happy chatter now, as there have been a lot of tears lately as well. This is a very difficult time for all, and this will be our reality for a while — we’re all doing what we can to adjust. I’m guessing that your days are similarly disorienting.
There is so much that is out of our control. And yet, we all need to keep trying, keep working, and try to find our new normal.
One thing that is clear during this time of crisis is that friends, families, colleagues and communities come together to help each other in a time of crisis. It is good to be reminded of the kindness and generosity of others during such challenging times. It’s a good reminder that we need to take care of each other.
And yet, unfortunately, there are also some who will try to take advantage of people during a crisis. Please be aware that there are an ever-increasing number of COVID-19 cyber scams out there: phishing emails, fake charities, robocalls, and so on. Sadly, these schemes seem to spike when communities are at their most vulnerable. Be careful out there.
Here are some web sites that have more information and helpful resources:
- From Google: How to avoid COVID-19 online scams
- From the Federal Trade Commission: Coronavirus Advice for Consumers
- From the FBI: Protect Your Wallet—and Your Health—from Pandemic Scammers
Be safe. Be well. Stay alert and stay informed.