Quarantine isn’t over.
We thought that maybe it would only be for fifteen days, but now we can expect it till the end of April. I do not need to tell that to you, Fellow Students- you are living the rough reality just as much as I am.
While rereading my recent blog posts, I am left feeling a little dismal. I do not want my posts to all to be gloomy- so I will try to have a lighter and maybe humorous blog post for this update. By the looks of it, there will be one of these a week.
Before we get to lighter topics- let us touch on the current global statistics, so we have it to refer to later on in future blogs.
CURRENT GLOBAL CONDITION
The globe has 7,775,348,201 people living on it currently.
I noticed this on the CDC site today.
***On Saturday and Sunday, the numbers in COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance and the figure describing the cumulative total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States will be updated. These numbers are preliminary and have not been confirmed by state and territorial health departments. CDC will update weekend numbers the following Monday to reflect health department updates.***
It is unclear why the CDC does not have a live counter like other sites across the web do.
However, I found discrepancies in those numbers. Or is it possible the CDC is not updating their site as frequently.
the humorous cartoons I included aren’t taken offensively.
They are meant to lighten the mood- while conveying the message onto future generations. We cannot know what will be valuable in the future; however, we do know the more you have to go on the better.
the last Blog Post in my #12BlogPosts11Days challenge. Let me tell you- it was challenging. Yet, already I am plotting out my next challenge. If you have any suggestions, let me know. I am going to be doing (a lot more as it turns out) on COVID-19. If there are particular aspects of the coronavirus that you would like me to shine a light on, then reach out to me or leave a comment below.
Most of us have never been in quarantine before (although I have been, it was on an island back in 2008… I’ll follow up about that another time); the idea of being stuck inside against our will is daunting. Everyday bleeds from one to another. Any given hour doesn’t matter, night or day- more just about what breaking news is happening where on the globe. Then again, it is easy to get overwhelmed and give in- not watching the news.
That will be the hardest part of this quarantining. Staying inside and staying sane.
I have some helpful advice here. I went to upstate New York to take care of my grandmother back in 2012. It was a fantastic time spent with a powerful woman who had a lot to teach. One downside- it was hard to leave the house. I spent 21 days inside at one point. 15 minute to 30 minute runs when I could manage to sneak out. My grandmother quickly became dependant on me, 24/7.
That was training me for this.
Here is some helpful advice that I came to learn.
Try and make a time when you and your quarantine mates can all sit down and laugh at the funniest videos you can find online. Go through old photographs and home movies. There is probably nothing funnier than that. Include others on video chat! It is surprisingly effective!
-Get Dressed Daily:
It is excellent for mental health to wake up, shit, shower, and get your life started with some form of pleasurable routine. We do not know how long this will last. For now, pretend we are living in a bunker. What would your advice be to your favorite character on TV that is stuck in quarantine? DO that yourself.
-Make Your Bed:
This is not just a paid plug from your mum. It has real benefits. Again, maybe it is only a mental benefit. But at this point, that is precisely what we are looking to preserve right now. Think about how fresh and inviting a made bed looks when you come back into your room?
-Spend Sometime on Knowledgeable Skills:
You are reading this, chances are you are already practicing this one. However, go above and beyond, when this pandemic is all over, what skills do you want to possess? Get them now and make yourself that much more marketable or desirable now while we have time!
This one is pretty obvious. We all need to be wiping down surfaces and disinfecting “High Touch Surfaces” daily. Yet, we have more of an opportunity here. Instead of surface-level cleaning, why not do a good ole fashion deep cleaning like our grandparents used to do? Lord knows that some people’s living spaces have never seen the underside of a scrub brush. I once spent 4 hours deep cleaning a half-bathroom that I am convinced hadn’t been scrubbed down in 15 years. Imagine the amount of time I will now spend cleaning the entire house?!
-Help Out Those Less Fortunate:
It is easy to get caught up in our own pain and misery, especially in isolation. The best remedy that I have found for fighting despair? Helping others. Why is that? I don’t fucking know, but I will definitely be studying the science behind it now! Try it out yourself. There are many different ways to help. It doesn’t have to be in-person help either. There is probably someone (or an organization) you can help online elsewhere in the world. You won’t know till you at least look?
-Exercise With Intention:
What the hell does that mean? It means, stays healthy, active, and why not clean up the streets of your community while you do it? This is not for all types of people, only the very healthy and least at risk; however, practicing the current safest social distancing practices, we could make a tremendous impact on the amount of trash in our hometowns.
-Separate Rooms For Separate Activities:
Lots of us have TV’s in our bedrooms. For the time being, it would probably be wise to reserve watching television for the living room or other living spaces. Bedrooms will be best reserved for an unwind or safe zone. A place where the stress of the world can melt away. Whatever you have to do to accomplish that, do it. Just do not ruin it by bringing in outside pressure through too much cell phone use, negative or argumentative conversations, or anything else that is a known stressor in your life. Instead, fill the space with soft lighting, candles, incense, uplifting or encouraging posters, or pictures of friends, and other loved ones. It could even just be your collection of favorite things from around the house that you bring all into one space. Everyone should have a ‘safe space’ as much as is feasible.
-Get Involved In The Community:
Most communities already have dedicated pages and websites out there. Join one! It will significantly help reduce the feeling of isolation. Does your community not have one? Why not make one yourself?! If you see something wrong and you are waiting for someone to do something, be the something!
This is not much, but it wasn’t meant to be comprehensive, just a starting ground. This pandemic is going to continue for the foreseeable future. Say goodbye to 2020; we might see the light at the end of the tunnel in 2021.