Conversation with Rocio

Rocio is my daughter. She went to Panajachel to help her mother with a couple of things months ago. They the Toque de Queda happened and she has been stranded there ever since. While she technically lives in Guatemala City, her DPI says Panajachel. She really is stranded.

She called today with no plan to get back here but wanting to know "how bad" things are here. As she ran out of saldo, then I did, I figured I would just write the answer here as it will be useful for others.

  • Are people falling over dead in the streets? (She didn't exactly say it like that but she was very concerned.) The answer is no. There are about 8000 active cases in the country. Probably 7000 in the Guatemala department. Population: about 3,000,000. So, about .2% are infected. Let's say 10% of those will die (which is way high but let's work with it). That gets us to .02%. Not all that scary. And, we eat better, don't have to be out working with others, take vitamins, ... We probably won't get sick and, if we do, we are more likely to survive than most. Additionally, I have HCQ and zinc -- a combination that seems to be very effective against covid-19.
  • Is there any food in the supermarket? Yes. After I ran out of saldo, I make a quick market trip -- to buy some food and saldo. I bought acelga, blueberries, zucchini, whole wheat (sorta) baguettes, Bear Naked granola, some red wine, cow bones for Lula (it dulls her too sharp teeth), some "hot" edam cheese, fresh corn and probably some other stuff. The only thing I haven't seen recently but used to see is whole wheat flour.
  • I don't want to go to public markets ... While being in an enclosed market doesn't appeal to me, there is one on Ave. 1 not far from here which is along the street. Open and not crowded. A good choice.

There were probably going to be more questions but this is a good start. Things are not crazy here.