Please don't Corona(virus) me.
Living with the effects of Coronavirus.
Imagine living in a day and time when you can't visit the ones you love.
Imagine having family members that are locked in a nursing facility and you don't know if you will ever see them again. Imagine having a child in the middle of a worldwide disaster and not having any money or resources to buy milk.
This is the world today.
This isn't a movie, it's reality.
As a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and entrepreneur, this virus has touched me in many ways and I pray that it goes no further. From closing my childcare facility to pushing back party dates, the long term effects are unknown. Many small business owners will really have to evaluate the effects of the closures. How will we maintain if this goes into the summer?
There are so many questions to be asked and not enough answers. Sunday I gained a beautiful niece. Her mother owns a childcare facility as well that had to close while she was giving birth. She has no resources to even buy her child milk or other supplies.
Many people will run out of money very quickly and beyond the financial view, it has set people into a depression. All over social media, I see people in panic. As I try to stay calm and offer myself as a resource, the reality is that I have five children and three nieces and nephews as well as siblings that I now have to care for. The question is what will happen next. No one really knows. All we can do is pray for direction and strength.
Angela Euell McNair is the founder and director of Jump Start Early Learning Center, LLC in Erie. McNair holds a MSW from the University of Pittsburgh, and serves as a Director of Erie's Public Schools and serves on the Governor's Advisory Commission on African American Affairs, she was also a 2016 40 Under 40 honoree. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.