All of us are experiencing stress and changes due to this pandemic. We are sheltering at home or working in risky, but essential jobs. I’m grateful for doctors and nurses who are treating patients, for grocery cashiers who are serving everyone, and for teachers who have switched to on-line classes for students from kindergarten to college. Some people are isolated and alone, others have lost their jobs. But, it is not the end of the world. Many people will have a mild form of the infection or no obvious symptoms. We will survive just as earlier generations, parents, grandparents or great-grandparents, overcame the dangers and shortages of the Second World War. Listen to Queen Elizabeth’s message at https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-52176222
I’m offering a short list of tips based on my knowledge as a scientist and experience as a university professor.
Don’t Panic. Remember, everyone is under stress. Take it easy. You may not be able to accomplish as much as you hoped.
Stay Safe. Take precautions to reduce the spread of the virus. Stay at home if possible. Wash your hands frequently. Soap and water will kill the virus. Wear a facemask in public and keep at a safe distance from others. Please leave surgical masks for medical professionals. They are intended for single-use and must be disposed after use. Instead, use a simple homemade mask of washable cotton fabric. Here’s how you can make an easy, no-sew face mask: http://blog.japanesecreations.com/no-sew-face-mask-with-handkerchief-and-hair-tie
Cotton fabric is best since the virus lingers longer on many made-man fabrics and plastics. Read a summary of research on how long the virus lasts on different surfaces at https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/new-coronavirus-stable-hours-surfaces Remember to wash the mask after each use.
Relax and Chat. Social interactions are important for mental health, especially for people stuck at home. Chat with friends and family by phone or virtual media. Remember to exercise your muscles rather than staring at a screen all day. Take a walk or start a garden. Growing vegetables will reduce the need to shop for groceries. Start a new hobby or revive an old one. I’m reading more than before.
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