The weighted blanket arrived on my doorstep at the perfect moment. On March 11, just after 9 p.m., President Donald Trump appeared on TV to address the nation from the Oval Office to announce a 30-day travel ban to the U.S. from Europe. My boyfriend, a European living with me in Brooklyn, had just told his family to cancel their first visit to New York City for fear they might get stuck here or, worse, catch this novel virus that the World Health Organization had just declared a “pandemic.”
He was right. Within weeks, New York had become the epicenter of COVID-19 in America, and I wanted nothing more than to hide under my new weighted blanket ’til it was over.
That fateful night, before all the #stayhome mandates went into effect or the words “quarantine” and “social distancing” became part of our vernacular, we fell asleep worried but grateful to hold each other as we dozed off under the velvety Saatva Organic Weighted Blanket. The organic cotton cover, weighted with tiny, all-natural glass beads, draped us like a coat of armor protecting us from what felt like impending doom.