My wife and I were caught in Massachusetts when the states locked down. In our mid-sixties, we were in the age group that is most vulnerable to COVID -19 and have learned a lot over the past six weeks, living in a motel, ordering practically everything we need online, and taking care that we took no chances in order to protect our four-year-old twin grandchildren.
We immediately took stock of what cleaning products we had on hand in our travel trailer, which we had come to Massachusetts to pick up out of storage. We had some and placed our first online order for what we thought we might need. We ended up with a bottle of anti-bacterial soap, a couple of containers of alcohol wipes, bleach to supplement our normal wash products, a box of rubber gloves that I had for working on our vehicles, and a partial box of N-95 masks that I had for painting. Other than that we used common sense, caution, and whatever came to hand in individual situations.
We travel each morning to our son's home to care for the grandkids while my son and his wife are working so we used their home address for deliveries in order to have an area away from all but necessary contact. Had we been at home we would have used our garage there. When deliveries were made, we asked the delivery agent to unload everything on the porch to keep the chance of contamination in the garage as low as possible. One of us would then put on gloves, a mask, and a jacket to go out and bring the packages into the garage area. We would sort items that needed refrigeration, items for the freezer, items we needed to use now, and items that could stay in the garage for the three days the experts tell us it takes for the virus will remain active on most items. Everything is first wiped down with alcohol wipes and items that are in plastic are washed in a sink of soapy water with bleach added. This is done for every item that enters the home unless it came from our motel room or our travel trailer.
When we need gas for our pickup, we put on a glove and a mask that we keep in the pickup just for that reason. We wait until the service station has no other cars fueling and then pull into the pump furthest away from the center pumps and try to park in the upwind position if possible. Besides making sure we don't touch anything with the ungloved hand we have a wipe ready to wipe the credit card before placing it back in the vehicle. If another vehicle does pull in for fuel we are careful to remain as far as possible from the occupants.
Some people may think all this caution is a bit much, but we would rather go overboard than chance infecting ourselves or our grandchildren. The methods soon became easy to remember and were no effort. They may not be perfect but they do work and any persons in our age group who fear the states are opening too early for safety's sake should figure out a method to remain safe that works for you and for your environment. Personally, after six weeks of being forced to live in a motel, we are ready for the states to open. Even if we have to remain sheltered in place, we understand how others feel, and if they are in only slight danger from the virus and are willing to take the chance, they should be allowed to do so.