More of the Same

It’s Monday 3/30, and not a whole lot has changed in the last few days. We continue to be allowed out for very limited hours determined by the last number of your ID, and going out is only for food, medicine, gas, banking, and medical care. Of course there are those who don’t follow the rules, but I have read about arrests by the police who are out there to enforce the rules.

Cases continue to increase every day but the rate of increase has slowed down – 674 on Thursday, 786 on Friday, 901 on Saturday, 989 on Sunday, and 1075 today. There are 5 cases near us, and some others around the province but the majority of the cases continue to be in Panama City.

graph from yesterday

The red line is total cases, and the blue one tracks the number of new cases every day. I hope the flattening of that curve means the quarantine restrictions are working, but of course the number of people tested also factor into those numbers.

Other than a quick trip to the produce market last week, we have stayed home so I’m not sure what is going on around town. Word is, it’s pretty quiet and shopping for food is easier without the long  slow supermarket lines of before. I’m happy that our produce guy is delivering our order tomorrow so we shouldn’t have to go out again for a week, or longer if he continues to be able to make deliveries.

There were rumors that we would be on total lockdown for a period of time, no going out for anything but the government circulated information that this was false and we shouldn’t believe anything unless it comes directly from the government or the health department. The government did come out with something new this afternoon though. Now, women are allowed out Mon-Wed-Fri, men are allowed out Tues-Thurs-Sat, and everyone is to stay home on Sunday. This is in addition to the restricted hours by ID number already in place.

It will be interesting to see how all this plays out, and under the circumstances I’d rather live with the restrictions here in Panama. I read about people out and about in the US and other places, many of them not realizing how dangerous this could be for themselves and others and I’m concerned. I’m really really concerned for the people in health care who are caring for infected people without adequate protective equipment.

As for us, we’re getting into a bit of a daily routine. I have enough going on that I keep plenty busy even without going out, and I figure I may as well use this time wisely and be productive. I do miss biking though. But, we’re practicing music and learning new material, so by the time the band is able to play again we are going to be full of pent up energy and a lot of new material! And, the house might be cleaner than it’s been in ages.

I’m very thankful for the internet and video chats to keep in touch with family. We had story and snack time again with the grandparents which was great, and I had a great chat with the other family yesterday.

reading some fun books with the grandmas!

All of you out there, I hope you are doing OK! I know this is a terrible hardship for so many, along with the isolation and uncertainty. We will get through this, though it’s going to be difficult for quite a while yet. Hang in there, and lets all take care of each other and do what we can.  Stay healthy, stay safe, and stay home if you possibly can.

About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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9 Responses to More of the Same

  1. Linda says:

    Thank you for your post. Thinking of you both and sending hugs!


  2. Kathy Meinberg says:

    Here’s a tiny sliver of hope: Please note that this is NOT a vaccine, nor a total curative. It is potentially capable, however of greatly reducing the ability of the virus to invade a victim’s cells and reduces the impact of the infection so that a potentially mild caws will barely be felt and a potentially severe case will at least be rendered non-life threatening. The good news: it might be ready for human testing in a matter of weeks. The bad news: if not, they’re pretty much back to square one. It’s an either/or thing, apparently. However it works out, it won’t be available tomorrow or next week so continue to isolate and communicate.
    Be considerate of your friends and others. DO NOT be an (expletive) scumbucket like has-been D-list actress Evangeline Lilly, who repeatedly declared that she “values her freedom more than her life” and has no intention of staying home or keeping her kid home. Clearly the dumb b(expletive) doesn’t care about her son or anybody else, either.


    • Oooh yes, that could be something! That’s exciting news. I’m sure the scientists will come up with something to help but like you said, it takes time. Meanwhile we have this battle to fight. And yes, you can have your freedom but when it conflicts with other peoples freedom to survive, then we have a problem 😦


  3. eswini says:

    Hang in there:) I’m also trying hard to see the positives
    All the best and stay safe.


  4. oldsalt1942 says:

    In some ways the whole “Social Distancing” thing is easy to do when you live on an anchored boat like I do here off of Anna Maria Island north of Sarasota . But I DO have to go ashore to get things done and I’m as careful as I can possibly be. I kNOW I’m one of the severely “at risk” people at my age, 77, and with severe COPD, high blood pressure and three arterial stents. I’m a goner if I get it, PERIOD!.

    Thankfully they’re still running the free trolley service here but the ridership has diminished fantastically. On Saturday I had to get to the CVS for my breathing med refills. There were four other people on the four mile journey. After picking up the meds I ducked into Publix for a couple of things and was back on the bus and back on the boat in less than an hour. Four other people on that ride.

    They’ve set up a safety zone for drivers. You get on at the back door so you don’t pass near them and the area forward of the back door is roped off. There’s a good 15 feet or so between the door and the driver.

    Sunday I saw that my 20# propane tank was nearly empty. Fortunately the hardware store here on the island, and conveniently on the trolley route, was open and selling gas. Now, in order to go get it some subterfuge is needed. You just can’t get on public transportation with a propane tank. In fact, the place that sells the stuff has a sign on their door that says, “No propane tanks inside.” So, here’s how I work it. I put the tank in a large trash bag and then put that into my green, cloth dirty laundry bag. There’s a lot of dirty laundry sitting on the bad because I’m avoiding the laundromat where there are always people. Next I put a couple of tee shirts or a towel on top of the can and partially close the bag. It looks like it’s filled with laundry. At the dock I put the bag in my shopping cart along with a big bottle of laundry detergent. Voilà!

    On the ride up there was ONE other person and I was solo on the return trip. In fact, the driver said he was half way through his shift and I was only the ninth passenger he’d had. I tell ya, if they stop the service I’m in beaucoup trouble cuz I couldn’t walk round trip to the store with my COPD.


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