The Coronavirus pandemic has hit the world incredibly hard, with no nation spared from its effects. Many people have been furloughed from their jobs, or worse, they have lost their jobs and we have all been confined to our homes during large periods of quarantine as we try to stop the spread of the killer virus. Another effect of the pandemic is that we have had to change the way we go about doing many routine activities, from going to the supermarket to taking the kids to school, as nothing can be done as it was barely six months ago. One important part of society is our pharmacies, as we all need access to life-saving medicines.
Here we are going to take a look at how pharmacies can serve you better during the pandemic.
By aiding social distancing
During the pandemic, we have all been urged to maintain social distance from one another to prevent the spread of the virus. Due to the nature of pharmacies, there are likely to be many people visiting with underlying illnesses as they need to collect their drugs. Chemists can help to ease this pressure vulnerably by opening up their services to the online market, ensuring that people in the at-risk category can order their prescriptions online and have them delivered directly to their front door. This hugely increases social distancing and helps reduce the risk of those already suffering from an underlying illness from contracting the Coronavirus.
Pharmacies do not only offer prescription goods, they increasingly cater to body products in general, and you will find a vast array of items such as shampoo, toothpaste, and other products that are not considered strictly essential. By opening up an online shop these goods can be purchased online and delivered directly helping to keep the distance down between pharmacist and buyer and thereby reducing the risk of the virus being transmitted. A bi-product of the fact that you can shop online is that there are fewer overheads which means that prices are often much lower than they would be in a bricks and mortar shop, allowing people to save a few extra pennies, even when delivery costs are taken into account.
As we heed our government's advice regarding the pandemic, we are advised to stay indoors as much as possible and only to venture out for essential goods. Whilst prescription drugs are considered vital it is important that you are getting what you need without putting yourself at risk, so many pharmacies are helping the most infirm by delivering drugs directly to people's front doors. Prescriptions can be ordered over the phone or by the click of a button via the internet and drugs will be delivered within 24 hours ensuring that patient's needs are met without putting them at risk.
With traditional bricks and mortar shops, there are only a certain number of hours a day that a pharmacist can physically work due to licensing regulations or labor laws, however, an online store can be open 24 hours a day. Sure, each prescription will still need to be physically checked by a pharmacist and signed off by a doctor, but at least the order can be placed whenever, and non-essential items can be ordered and shipped throughout the night. This frees up the pharmacist to take care of their real work which is the dispensing of important prescriptions and delivering advice to the local community.
A better choice
Often when you visit a pharmacy in person that particular pharmacy will buy all their stock from one individual supplier meaning that you are limited in choice. Whilst this is not an issue of prescription drugs as these will have been issued by a doctor, for anything else you will be stuck with the products and pricing that the pharmacy decides. Now that many pharmacies are available online it is much easier to shop around and find the specific products that you want at a better price as competition is so much greater. You will save a fortune and the bonus is that you do not even have to go and pick them up as they can be sent directly to your home.
As we have learned there are many ways that pharmacies can serve you better during the pandemic. By offering online services and home delivery it cuts out the need to physically go to a store, thereby helping to maintain social distancing as well as keeping the most vulnerable out of harm's way. Added competition means prices will drop and there will be many more products available thereby increasing competition.
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Except for 16, I have celebrated all of my milestone birthdays in New York City.
I turned 16 in Arnold, Missouri. Arnold is a small town (though not small anymore) 20 miles south of St. Louis. St. Louis is known for the Gateway Arch, a beautiful arch of shiny stainless steel, built by the National Parks Service in 1935 to commemorate Thomas Jefferson's vision of a transcontinental U.S. St. Louis is also known for its custard, a frozen dessert that is so thick, they hand it to you upside down with a spoon inside. Something else about St. Louis you should know is that there is a courthouse just steps from the base of the Gateway Arch where one of the most important cases in history was tried: Dred Scott v. Sanford.
I'm turning 50 during what I define as a miraculous time to be alive.
Mr. Scott was born into enslavement around 1799 and, in 1830, was sold to a military surgeon who traveled back and forth between his military posts in Illinois and Wisconsin, where slavery was prohibited under the Missouri Compromise of 1820. In 1842 the doctor and Mr. Scott both married, and they, all four, returned to St. Louis. Still enslaved, Dred Scott filed a lawsuit against the doctor's wife for his and his wife Harriet's freedom. We don't know exactly why he chose this moment in time to file a lawsuit, however, he did. At the time of filing his, now, famous lawsuit, he was 50 years old. Ultimately, The Scott family did not gain their freedom, but their profound courage in filling this case helped ignite the Civil War and what we would come to know (or think we know) as freedom from enslavement for all human beings. Powerful then and even more powerful now.
My next milestone was turning 21, and I did it in the Big Apple. Having only moved to "the city that never sleeps" a few months prior, I knew nobody except my new friends, the bus-boys from the restaurant I was working at, Patzo's on the Upper West Side. And, yes, pazzo is actually the correct spelling of the Italian word, which translates to "crazy." Trust me we all had several laughs about the misspelling and the definition going hand in hand. I worked a full shift, closing out at around 11 PM, when, my kitchen team came out from the line with a cake singing, "Cumpleaños Feliz." It was fantastic. And the kindness of these almost-strangers was a powerful reminder of connection then as it still is today almost 29 years later.
I design the life I desire and the Universe creates it for me every day. I show up, keep the story moving, and work hard because I am relentlessly devoted to making the world a better place and this is how I choose to leave my legacy.
When I turned 30, I had just finished a European tour with Lucinda Childs dance company. The company had been on tour for months together and were inseparable. We traveled through Paris, Vienna, Lisbon, and Rome. We ate together, we rode on a bus together, we had drinks after shows together, and we even took turns giving company class to get warmed up before a show. It was deeply meaningful and dreamy. We ended the tour back in New York City at BAM, The Brooklyn Academy of Music. It was an incredible way to end the tour, by being on our home court, not to mention I was having an important birthday at the culmination of this already incredible experience.
So, when I invited everyone to join me at Chelsea Pier's Sky Rink to ice skate in late August, I was schooled really quickly that "tour" does not mean you are friends in real life, it means you are tour friends. When the tour ends, so does the relationship. I skated a few laps and then went home. This was a beautiful lesson learned about who your real friends are; it was powerful then as it is today.
Turning 40 was a completely different experience. I was in a serious relationship with my now-husband, Joe. I had just come off of a successful one-woman dance show that I produced, choreographed, and danced in, I had just choreographed a feature film, John Turturro's Romance and Cigarettes, with A-list actors, including Kate Winslet and James Gandolfini, who became a dear friend and had even been on the red carpet with Susan Sarandon at the Venice Film Festival for the movie a year earlier.
And I encourage all women to identify their power and choose to be fully in your power at any age.
This was a very special birthday, and I had, in those 10 years between 30 and 40, come to cultivate very real friendships with some wonderful colleagues. We all celebrated at a local Italian restaurant, Etcetera Etcetera (who is delivering for those of you in NYC — we order weekly to support them during COVID), a staple in the theater district. Joe and I were (and are) regulars and, of course, wanted to celebrate my 40th with our restaurant family and friends. We were upstairs in the private room, and it was really lovely. Many of those in attendance are no longer with us, including Joe's Dad, Bob Ricci, and my dear friend Jim Gandolfini having transitioned to the other side. Currently, that restaurant is holding on by a thread of loving neighbors and regulars like us. Life is precious. Powerful then and today even more so.
I write this article because I'm turning 50, still in New York City. However, I'm turning 50 during what I define as a miraculous time to be alive. And I could not be more filled with hope, love, possibility, and power. This year has included an impeachment hearing, a global pandemic, and global protests that are finally giving a larger platform to the Black Lives Matter movement. Being able to fully embody who I am as a woman, a 50-year-old woman who is living fully in purpose, takes the cake, the rink, and the party.
I'm making movies about conversations around race. I've been happily married for 11 years to the love of my life, Joe Ricci. I'm amplifying and elevating the voices of those who have not previously had a platform for speaking out. I choose who to spend time with and how long! I design the life I desire and the Universe creates it for me every day. I show up, keep the story moving, and work hard because I am relentlessly devoted to making the world a better place and this is how I choose to leave my legacy. Being 50 is one of the most amazing things I ever thought I could experience. And I encourage all women to identify their power and choose to be fully in your power at any age. I'm 50 and powerful. Dred Scott was 50 and powerful. This powerful lesson is for today and tomorrow. We have the power. No matter what age you are, I invite you to use your powerful voice to join me in making the world a better place.