CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and FIFTY
“Do you want to talk about them as we go?” Jacob asked.
“Sure,” Aaron said.
“We’ve been researching and studying ventilation for the school that my sister and I run,” Jacob said. “The biggest advantage that you have is that you can open your apartment to the outside air. Everyone has a patio.”
“Right, but some of us can’t open them ourselves,” Cassidy said.
“Or when we’re out on the patio, our neighbor is right there,” Aaron said.
“Good point,” Jacob said.
“We wondered about the filters?” As if she were asking a question, Cassidy’s voice rose at the end of her sentence.
“You mean will they keep the virus out?” Jacob asked. “No. Nothing we know of will do that so far. We know that the HEPA filters help. We have that on the air system for the building, but. . .”
Jacob got his cellphone out and set it on the table.
“Let me make a note that we should get an HEPA for every apartment,” Jacob said. “That just makes sense.”
“Some people are making them off a YouTube video,” Cassidy said.
“I’ve seen that,” Jacob said. “Heard good things about it, too.”
“There’s a guy on my floor. . .” Cassidy gestured to the audience. Someone in the back raised his hands in the air. “. . . who’s willing to make them for everyone. We just need help with supplies.”
“Done,” Jacob said.
“Oh, okay,” Aaron said. “The nurses said that there might be vaccines available soon. Since we’re not a nursing home, she wasn’t sure if we’d get the vaccine first.”
“We don’t want to be selfish. . .” Cassidy said.
“I don’t mind,” Jerry said.
Cassidy rolled her eyes at him and continued, “. . . but we’re a vulnerable population. We believe we should have the vaccine as soon as it’s available.”
“I agree,” Steve said. “I believe our entire nursing staff agrees, as well. I have put our staff on a list with the state so that the staff will be vaccinated as soon as possible.”
“I have a call into the state today,” Jacob said. “I’ll ask what we can do.”
“Good,” Aaron said. “We need to exercise. It’s one of the things that helps with our pain and depression. Right now, we’re trapped in our apartments, working our asses off, without any break. We need a break.”
“I didn’t realize you weren’t able to use the gym or the pool,” MJ said.
“Let’s figure something out,” Jacob said.
“It seems like a scheduling issue,” Honey said. “Why don’t I see what I can work out?”
“I’ll add it to my list to check with the state,” Jacob said.
The three floor captains nodded.
“We also don’t have any of our alternative health support,” Cassidy said. “No acupuncture clinics. No massage. It sounds silly but for some of us, these treatments are a key to living without pain.”
“They are lifesaving,” Aaron said.
“Good point,” Jacob said. “I’ll talk to Blane and see if he can come over or if he knows of someone. It also occurs to me that what we really need is some private outdoor space, for massage and acupuncture treatments, that doesn’t put people at risk. But I’ll talk to Blane and see what he says.”
“Good, that’s really good,” Cassidy said with a smile.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow...
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