It’s-a-me, your Pandemic Pal, Corona Chum, and Quarantine . . . uhhhh . . . Quixote?
And here we are, socially stranded, steadily sanitized, and slightly stir crazy thanks to The Rona, which isn’t merely “another flu,” as many not-doctors on (delete your) Instagram would have you believe.
But hey, there are some white clouds in the sky, too.
For instance . . .
- Thanks to the cancellation of sports, many men have discovered they live with women and children who seem pretty nice.
- We’ve discovered how someone eating bat soup in China can cause a worldwide shortage in toilet paper.
- This may lead to an orgiastic baby boom, and in the 2030s, we’ll witness the rise of THE QUARANTEENS.
Ha ha ha, and that’s not all sweet cheeks—open your mouth, so I can ladle some more rich, creamy good news into it.
According to a March 19th message from Harvard Health Publishing . . .
- Most people with COVID-19 recover. Estimates now suggest that 99% of people infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 will recover. Some people have no symptoms at all. And while thousands of people have died, the overall death rate is about 1% (or perhaps even lower), far less than MERS (about 34%), SARS (about 11%), or Ebola (90%), though higher than the average seasonal flu (0.1%).
- Children seem to be infected less often and have milder disease. According to the CDC, the vast majority of infections so far have afflicted adults. And when kids are infected, they tend to have milder disease.
- The number of new cases is falling where the outbreak began. During his speech declaring the new coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, the director-general of the WHO pointed out that “China and the Republic of Korea have significantly declining epidemics.” In fact, Wuhan province (site of the very first cases) has just reported no new local cases for the first time since the outbreak began.
- Scientists around the world are making breakthroughs in developing a vaccine. For instance, vaccination trials are already underway at Kaiser Permanente, Israeli scientists are nearing development of their first vaccine, and China is testing five different vaccine options, claiming it could have one ready by next month.
- Many businesses have stepped up to help us through the crisis. The sports world is raising money for stadium employees, Uber Eats is divvying out free delivery to help independent restaurants, professional soccer players are entertaining viewers with a FIFA tournament, and restaurants are doling out free food to those in need, to name just a few out of dozens.
What’s more, if we all comply with the requested precautions, we may get to enjoy a tide of positive developments and see a marked shift toward normalcy by the end of next month.
So, let’s just mind our own business for a couple of weeks, and then we’ll be able to say we survived the Great Toilet Paper Crisis of 2020 and not . . . something else.
That said, if you’re new to working (and working out) from home, the quarantined life is a long row to hoe.
How are you supposed to organize your day? What should you do with your newfound free time? How do you keep from skipping workouts, eating too much, frittering away all your time on social media and entertainment, and shirking your work?
That’s what this podcast will be all about.
Before we get to all of that, however, let’s begin with a bit of perspective.
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5:00 – How do I manage my time better?
14:19 – What should my routine look like?
23:06 – How can I eat well?
34:17 – How do I stay productive and busy?
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