First and foremost, I hope this message finds you and your family well, and coping with the new world we find ourselves sharing. While we cannot predict exactly how the Covid-19 pandemic will progress, there are things we can do individually.
At the time I am writing this, air travel is being severely curtailed, especially internationally, and in parts of the world most affected by Covid-19. While the post office remains open, I will continue to ship orders. I am supporting my suppliers by placing orders with them to add their new items, and to restock the items I have recently sold. Two inbound orders are supposed to leave the UK today, and as long as there are aircraft still flying the Atlantic, they should arrive at the end of the week. Together we can keep our hobby flourishing, our suppliers in business. Perhaps too a chance for those of us now “working from home” and saving all that commute time, we can reduce our personal stockpiles of unbuilt kits!
Besides AHS, I also operate a mobile automotive electronics repair service. While I am keeping both businesses open. effective today I am limiting my days on the road to three a week, and I have already stepped up my hand washing and “social distancing” practices. My wife and I are doing everything we can to avoid infection, avoiding large gatherings, limiting placing ourselves in so-called risky situations. I have a feeling we will be eating in a lot more, and Netflix is going to see a lot of our attention!
To paraphrase what I heard on a TV show this morning, we should focus our attention on the most reliable sources of news and advice. We should listen to the scientists and doctors – they are the best informed, the most knowledgeable, can give us the best recommendations to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. The World Health Organization (WHO) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) have and are sharing the best information. Please take what you hear from our politicians with a huge grain of salt – too many of them are still in denial, are ignoring the facts, and are making useless comments that are not helpful. Be careful which news organizations you listen to – some have it right, some do not. Last but not to minimize this, we will survive. For most of us this is the flu, for some and especially those of us advancing in age, or with underlying health issues, this could be a lot more serious. By following our medical services advice, we can keep ourselves free of this virus and out of the clinics and hospitals, freeing those resources for those among us who need it most. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones, and help your neighbours as you can. We will get through this.
So…. stay safe, stay well, this too shall pass. Apologies that I cannot help with supplies of T-P and hand sanitizer, but the AHS shelves are well stocked with kits, decals, resin and etch parts. With my extra time at home I should be able to get your order out quickly.
Stay Safe !