It was bad enough that we were in the middle of the worst pandemic of our lifetime, but we were also dealing with a hurricane.
- We were told that if you wore your mask, kept your distance, and stayed home as much as possible, then you were safe.
Our home was destroyed by the hurricane, and we had to go to a shelter. Few people were using masks. We were herded in like a bunch of animals. The air conditioning was faltering, and I doubted if they had an air purifier installed. If they did, it wasn’t working very well since the air conditioning was nearly non-existent. There were several elderly people who were trying to keep their distance, but failing to maintain it. I donned the only mask I had left, and I found the box of disposable masks that kept in my overnight bag. I gave the people a mask and I went over to get them coffee. I guided through the mass of bodies so they were nearer the air conditioning air vents. The one woman was having a difficult time breathing because of the heat and humidity. With the little bit of airflow from the air vents, she was beginning to feel a bit better. She told me that she wished it would quit raining so she could outside for a short time. She needed fresh air. Two hours later, she got her wish. Although the streets looked like small rivers, she was able to get outside and get some fresh air. It felt better than the air conditioning inside the shelter.