It is no secret that we are living in crazy times. The world is under the attack of a worldwide pandemic, economies are threatened because of oil prices going down, and as a result of it all, people are losing jobs and even worse, people are losing lives. It almost feels like someone started a game of Jumanji, and has the whole world waiting for them to finish it! COVID-19, or more commonly known as Coronavirus, is the outbreak that has created a sense of unsettlement around the world. As the number of confirmed cases continues to rise, we want to share with you 6 things you can do to help stop the spread of Coronavirus:
1 - HIBERNATE
Stock up on food, wine, beer, toilet paper (rational amounts) and a collection of good books; and try to keep yourself from leaving your house! We know you want to leave your house, take advantage of the cheap flights and hotel deals, BUT PLEASE DON'T! The easiest and fastest way that we will get over this crisis is by avoiding the spread of it. The most efficient way to avoid the spread is by having everyone stay home. Take advantage of it, finish your work from home, finish that book that you have been meaning to for the past 6 months, binge watch a documentary on Netflix, learn something new on Youtube.
2 - AVOID BEING AS FRIENDLY AS USUAL
If you HAVE to leave your home to do groceries or for mental sanity... We all appreciate a good handshake or a hug whenever saying hi to people we are close to. However, desperate times call for desperate measures... avoid shaking hands or kissing people whenever you see someone in the grocery store or anywhere else (if you have to leave). You can still, very politely, say hi to your neighbors without having to physically show it. If you feel the urge to do this, get creative, foot bump/tap your friends or do anything else that doesn't involve touching them.
3 - WASH YOUR HANDS
We have all heard this one already, but it is a very simple thing we can ALL do to help fight the spread of Coronavirus. Wash your hands for 20 seconds in warm water anytime you have been out in public areas, after blowing your nose, sneezing or even coughing. We all know that one person that can't keep his hands to himself, HAS to touch every doorknob, every handrail, every table, DON'T BE THAT GUY. Because hands are our main point of contact, it is important to constantly keep them free of bacteria.
4 - GET YOUR GROCERIES DELIVERED
As bougie as this may sound, take advantage of this time to try out something you've secretly always wanted to do. We increasingly see people working from home, schools going online, people ordering food rather than going out for dinner; all of this has caused many people to stay home (which is great!). However, everyone still needs food, and we all need to get groceries. If your country or city provides these services, we highly recommend you take advantage of them. The more you can minimize the number of interactions you have, the fewer chances you have of GETTING the virus or even SPREADING it.
5 - ROCK THE FACE MASK
Again, if you MUST leave your home, please don't forget the most fashionable item of 2020, the Face Mask. Other than making you look like a badass, the face mask helps us prevent obtaining or spreading the virus. So, please do not forget to take it with you if you leave.
6 - LET'S MAKE CLEANING COOL AGAIN
Chores can be mundane and boring, cleaning is no exception! But, in times like this, we better believe cleaning is cool. What can be cooler than a simple activity that can save someone's life? Believe it or not, one of the dirtiest objects we own is our phones. We rarely take time to think about everywhere we've placed our phone or any of our belonging for that matter. It is really important that in times like this, we make sure to clean and disinfect all of our belongings that have contact with various people or other things (our phones, shoes, doorknobs, sinks, faucets, toilets).
Keep updated on COVID-19 stats at Johns Hopkins Univerity website.