If you are quitting smoking, social distancing might exacerbate feelings of depression and anxiety. There IS a light at the end of the tunnel, but if you feel you can't get past these feelings, write a blog and ask for help. If you think professional help might be needed, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
And, no, if you are quitting smoking you should not be buying and drinking ANY brand of beer or liquor. It's well known that drinking alcohol can lead to convoluted thinking. Convoluted thinking can lead to the belief that "just one won't hurt!" It WILL, it ALWAYS will, send you down the path to becoming a full-time smoker again.
Stressed out over the virus? Take a walk! Call a friend! Blog! Just don't drink alcohol.
I have had my taxes done cheaply by a friend for years; he retired and I was on my own this year Decided to use Turbo Tax and was moving right along....still grumbling about having to type the same Required Minimum Distribution payer ID, name, address, etc. separately instead of the program figuring it out, but after about three hours, I got to the point where both Federal and State were ready to be filed......hit "File" and the screen FROZE - it just FROZE!
I got on chat and the "helpful" person obviously had no independent knowledge of how the program worked and only had a book from which to look for an answer, and it apparently didn't have one. I have a BIT of computer savvy and knew what they were suggesting had a high probability of causing the loss of all of the information I had so painstakingly entered. No WAY was I doing that.......so I just walked away from it. Just walked away. I didn't smoke; I didn't yell or scream, I just walked away, ate my lunch, called a friend WITH some computer knowledge. Turns out I needed to turn my ad blocker off, re-enter my driver's license ID, other info for the Feds and VOILA - they filed! THEN I got e-mails saying they had been rejected by the Feds and State. I did not need to smoke, yell or scream. I left the e-mails sitting there and got my dinner, read for awhile, THEN opened the e-mails. Turns out I had transposed two in the string of the payer ID number for an RMD. Fixed that and
Smoking was NOT required!
I promise you will be able to deal with life's travails if you quit smoking. It's actually EASIER to do so!
If so, be cognizant of SPRING on the horizon. For the first two years of your quit, change in seasons, vacations, holidays, annual events of any kind are all times for which you don't have a lot of practice experiencing without smoking. You might have some strong smoking thoughts. Be prepared, not surprised. If you have to, pull out the tools you found helpful early in your quit and use them again.
More cases of COVID-19 are likely to be identified in the United States in the coming days, including more instances of community spread. It’s likely that at some point, widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the United States will occur. Widespread transmission of COVID-19 would translate into large numbers of people needing medical care at the same time. Schools, childcare centers, and workplaces, may experience more absenteeism. Mass gatherings may be sparsely attended or postponed. Public health and healthcare systems may become overloaded, with elevated rates of hospitalizations and deaths. Other critical infrastructure, such as law enforcement, emergency medical services, and sectors of the transportation industry may also be affected. Healthcare providers and hospitals may be overwhelmed. At this time, there is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19 and no medications approved to treat it. Nonpharmaceutical interventions would be the most important response strategy.
Older people and people with severe chronic conditions should take special precautions because they are at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.
imho - this does not require anyone to buy surgical masks or extra toilet paper! It IS worth staying at home to reduce your exposure if you have underlying conditions like diabetes or COPD. Better safe than sorry.
Be careful out there (in my best "Hill Street Blues" voice)!