Toilet paper and a tropical island
Saturday, February 29, 2020
I’m in an airport lounge with DH. We’re going on our annual overnight trip to Ishigakijima in Okinawa. There aren’t many people on the streets these days and more than half are wearing masks. I’m not too worried about the virus. The numbers are still fairly low, especially when you consider the size of the population. I’m just being careful to wash my hands and keep my immune system up by exercising, getting enough sleep and having a laid back attitude. DH has conditions which make the virus a concern, but he’s not in the most vulnerable age group and he’s monitored several times a week. Right now the most bothersome thing is that people are hoarding toilet paper. Whenever there’s an unusual situation here, people clear the stores of toilet paper. It’s irrational because most toilet paper is produced domestically but the shelves are bare. It’s makes you notice what are some of the surprising essentials of life!
No corona virus here, but people have cancelled their trips. I don’t know if it’s a result, but we got a room upgrade. The schools are open - unlike much of the rest of Japan. It’s a relief to get away from talk of the virus and no problems finding toilet paper! Might go to the supermarket and buy a couple of rolls.