I usually don’t respond to news headlines to often, if I did I probably would have moved back home 12 months ago. However when I got wind of a deadly virus that could be affecting my area and, more importantly, my health, ‘my ears perked up’.
So much is still unknown about this ‘coronavirus’ and its severity, that I prefer to err on the side of caution.
Therefore, this article is a summary of my plan to avoid this virus at all cost.
7 Steps to Surviving the Coronavirus
1. Avoid Crowds
This will probably be one of the most difficult things to do, because when you live in a dense city crowds seems to form relatively easily.
Unfortunately, one of the main places that I experience large crowds is in transit. Specifically in public transportation hubs like subway stations and bus stations.
Depending on how far this virus progresses I may have to increase my budget for transportation and take Taxi’s everywhere. I hope this isn’t the case because I prefer to take the cheapest option, but my health comes before a $5 savings on a Taxi.
2. Wear a Surgical Mask EVERYWHERE
We got our first shipment of surgical mask two days ago and we have another shipment coming tomorrow. This basic layer of protection should protect us from any random exposure to the virus. For example in the elevator, subway, or just walking the streets.
The main place that I plan to use this mask is in the classroom. This will be my ONLY layer of protection that I’ll have from students that may be carrying the virus. We all know that schools are not the best place to be if you want to avoid getting sick.
Fortunately, I don’t have to go back to work for the next 4 weeks, so I have more time to come up with a better long term solution.
After wearing the mask a few time outside I may make this a regular practice, even after all of this blows over. The mask may help me avoid more common illnesses like the FLU and the common cold.
3. Avoid Unnecessary Exposure to People
Its been reported that the virus is being transferred from human to human contact. Therefore, I figure that the less humans I’m around the better. I plan to limit any unnecessary trips to the grocery store, movie theater, mall etc. I may even ask my Chinese tutor to meet me at our apartment for our lesson.
All that to say that, I’m officially on voluntary house arrest. If that’s even a thing.
4. Eat at Home
Cheap prices and amazing taste make me a frequent customer at some of the local restaurants. But until further notice that will have to stop. Personally, I will feel more comfortable knowing that I prepared all of my meals and where it came from [at least to the best of my knowledge].
Preparing my meals is not the most efficient or tastiest way to eat, but it will help me sleep at night.
5. Run on the Treadmill
One of my goals for 2020 is to run a marathon. I usually run outside in the city, but now that I want to limit my exposure to people I’ll have to stick to the treadmills inside my apartment complex.
My long run of about 8 miles is going to be terrible on Sundays! I would much rather run outside. However this will limit my exposure to people tremendously.
6. Wash my hands
I’ve always been aware of frequently washing my hands, but now I’ll have to double down on it. I’ve started to build a habit of washing my hands every time I come into the apartment.
I hope most of these precautions are overkill and I’m being to cautious. At this point I would rather be safe than sorry.
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