“How are you?” has a new meaning

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Before COVID-19 arrived in the United State, “How are you?” was more of a greeting than a question. No one wanted an actual answer, or seemed to care if you broke your toe, or if your boss was a creep.

The typical answer to the question of “How are you” was: “Fine. How are you?” To which the other person answered: “fine.”

In this present nightmarish time, “How are you?” is an actual question on your mental and/or physical health. People really want to know if you are sick or well.

Currently, when someone asks me “How are you?” This is how I respond (and they listen!):

My response:

I’m doing great, except:

  1. I lost my job at the gym
  2. I’m afraid to leave the house
  3. I’m worried I’ll lose my health care (there’s a lawsuit in court to kill the Affordable Care Act)
  4. I’m concerned about a food shortage
  5. I cut up my food really slowly and carefully in case I get cut and have to go to the hospital since they are overwhelmed, contagious centers
  6. I can’t go near friends and family
  7. I couldn’t hug my mom on mother’s day.
  8. I don’t know how I’m going to vote, pay my bills, or receive my paychecks if the postal service isn’t funded.
  9. I can’t sleep well because I don’t know what the future will look like.
  10. Fire season is approaching so I’m worried houses will catch on fire with no one to put out the flames if states don’t receive government funds.
  11. I worry about looters breaking into my home since so many people have lost their jobs.
  12. I’m sickened and stressed that more demonstrators will be abused by racist police.

Other than that, I’m fantastic! How are you?

 

P.S. I want to hear from you. How are you doing? What are you going through? What can I do to help you?

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