"But after seeing reports of attacks against Asian Americans and facing rampant xenophobia on social media, it forced my guard up in a different way.
"Making my way down each aisle, I was extra vigilant to stifle allergy sneezes, fix my gaze downward and thrust hands in my pockets. I felt like every eye was on me, even if it wasn’t."
A couple of weeks ago I picked up groceries for my parents - my first excursion into a crowded space since Kansas City's stay-at-home order took effect. The COVID-19 outbreak has heightened anxieties around once mundane errands like grocery shopping. Be careful to maintain a six-foot distance in jam-packed aisles.