It’s been quite some time since I wrote. Life certainly has been a whirlwind of events these past months. From Mercury going retrograde to the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s as if everyone’s lives were forced to come to a screeching halt if not at least disrupted in some form or another. Unfortunately, this led to my plan to visit the UK and Croatia in April being cancelled. It’s a bit disappointing but I figure once the dust settles, I can always return to my plan to travel the world. In the meantime, I will take this time to reflect on my life, where I’ve been, and what I want to make of my future.
2020 started off pretty hopeful but got pretty challenging in a short amount of time. With the Coronavirus pandemic getting worse, travel plans have been disrupted for many people all around the world, businesses are temporarily closing, and for those unemployed, it’s becoming harder to find work given hiring freezes occurring around the country. This is forcing everybody to hunker down and stay home for what might be as long as a month.
Even in these seemingly difficult times, we should still maintain our optimism that things will eventually return to normal. In the meantime, we will need to exercise certain precautions, especially if we are living in areas that haven’t already been locked down.
Here are a few tips on what to do to help during this pandemic:
1. Wash Your Hands
This is a common sense tip. Wash your hands as much as you can and keep everything you touch disinfected. Before you scratch your eye or touch your face, stop and think about the last thing you touched and if you’ve washed your hands already.
2. Don’t Panic Buy
Grocery stores are not going anywhere. Even in the likely event of a nationwide lock-down, it’s possible that essential businesses like grocery stores or post offices will still be open. It makes no sense to panic buy and hoard your groceries. Not only is this needless but it takes away from the people who may actually need food to eat.
3. Minimize or Eliminate Travel
It’s probably not the best time to travel anywhere, whether long distance or even to another city unless you absolutely have to. Many airlines are willing to work with customers with cancelling or rescheduling travel. Unless you are going to the grocery store, hospital, or work (if you are still required to go), it’s best to stay indoors until further notice.
4. Avoid Contact With Others
It’s said that the Coronavirus has an incubation period of about 5 days so it’s possible to be carrying the virus with no symptoms at all. Avoid physical contact with others even if you or the person you are in contact with show no symptoms. There’s been a growing trend to touch elbows in lieu of shaking hands. Just don’t risk it. Keep your distance.
These are pretty scary times we are going through right now but I trust that just like any dark era, this will pass and we will come out of it stronger. Hang in there everybody and stay safe!