From disbelief to enthusiastic acceptance, here are the 5 stages of lockdown acceptance.
It's been almost 2 months since a lockdown was imposed in The Golden State to ‘flatten the curve’ and limit the spread of covid-19.
In the words of Valery Legasov from the miniseries Chernobyl, we are dealing with something that has never occurred in the USA before.
As you would expect, it’s taken a while for the gravity of the situation to sink in.
People are beginning to accept the new order of things, but very slowly.
Huntington Beach’s premier escape room presents the 5 stages of lockdown acceptance.
Probably much ado over nothing
The first stage when people are completely taken aback by the announcement.
It doesn’t sink in.
That was still the time we would remain buried in Instagram all day, only coming up occasionally for a whiff of the real world.
Predictably, we’d think it to be something that would blow over fast.
Full of bravado
Within a day or two, as newspapers, cable news, and Twitter keeps blasting the scale of what’s been going on all around the country, and the world, reality starts to sink in.
But, you know what?
We’ll get past it.
We’ve always done.
The Great Depression. 9/11. The Dotcom Bubble. Great Recession.
We’ve weathered more than our share of storms; we’ll do it again.
This would be the stage where we serenade the neighborhood with our best rendition of ‘My Heart Will Go On’, and upload all kinds of inspirational stuff on social media.
This would probably be the time around which Dr Deborah Birx’s scarves went viral.
As the days slip by, supplies run low, and our unfamiliarity with the new world of being prisoners inside our own homes, and not being able to be with our near and dear ones, rankles.
Some tend to lash out, tweeting about the unfairness of it all.
Others feel awful, but keep it to themselves.
Settling into the new normal
As the days roll by, and bad news - of deaths and hardship - keeps trickling in, people start settling in to the new normal.
The New Normal
The critical elements of the new normal are
Making the two basic rules of social distancing and wearing masks a part of our routine.
Asking after neighbors, and offering to help should they need any.
Taking a look at the family financial situation, since by this time layoffs have started.
Even as people remain peeled to the TV and Google for any new news about the situation nationwide.
A New Hope
By now, there seems to be an acceptance of the reality of the situation - that we are in this for a longer haul than we thought.
So, people start
Mastering the art of working from home.
Making every effort to get used to being cut off from the near and dear ones for a long time, if they live elsewhere.
Trying to learn new skills, and create new business ideas, so they will be ready for when The Great Reopening begins.
It was hope, and resilience that led our country from The Great Depression to becoming the most developed economy in the world.
It’ll be the same hope, resilience, and deference to medical advice and government rules that’ll power us past this.
Mr. Fox wishes you the very best!