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COVID-19 - what to do about that Coronavirus?

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This year of 2020 is seriously bugged. We’re plagued by a virus that seriously impacts the way we’re living our lives. Until there is a cure or vaccine (or both), we have to lead our lives a little differently. What this deadly Coronavirus also reveals is that our human nature is tricky. Suddenly we’re all scientists now, or virus experts or worse yet, we believe the virus has an agenda of its own or it’s a part of some conspiracy or belongs to a certain political party. That’s why I decided to write this blog post to link to scientific research and draw my own conclusions from them so that when anyone asks me about the Coronavirus, I can point them to here. I hope it’s going to be useful to you, too:

How the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic started

In the beginning of this year I heard some news about a novel Coronavirus in China, but frankly, I didn’t pay much attention to it. When it started to spread in Europe, I was still skeptical about it until I read this:

Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now

This article got me seriously worried. I remember reading it on Wednesday, March 11. It struck me how serious it all was. My kids still went to school normally the next day, but I didn’t let them go there on Friday. On Monday all schools were closed and the lock down started.

It all happened so quickly. My life changed in a matter of days.

I then recorded the vlog to my team saying, that our Nozbe team members with kids at home are not expected to work their full 40 hours per week.

As my family learned how to live in a state of complete lock down and saw how many people quickly started dying in Italy, Spain and other parts of the world, we knew this virus was nothing like a typical flu. Worse yet, we didn’t know how long the lock down would last, and then I read this:

Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance

After this we knew we had to learn to dance with the Coronavirus. We had to be really cautious because as the lock down was gradually lifted, the new normality kicked in.

We cancelled our air travel plans. We purchased lots of different types of masks and got used to wearing them outdoors. We even sent our kids to school in September and much to my surprise the school is still open. Even our youngest 4-year old goes to Nursery class with a mask.

What we know now about the COVID-19 and the Coronavirus

Now that more than half a year has happened, we know more and just recently via Kottke I read an interesting scientific FAQ about Aerosol spread of the coronavirus:

FAQs on Protecting Yourself from Aerosol Transmission

This FAQ document just confirmed and summarized many other facts I read online about the virus in the past months.

My own conclusions about COVID-19 and Coronavirus

Please read the above-mentioned documents thoroughly and get your own conclusions.

Here are mine:

To recap:

Practice social distancing, avoid indoors, always wear a mask when near other people and wash hands frequently, because people who show no symptoms might be contagious.

It’s not a time to be skeptical, it’s time to be educated and cautious

This stuff is dead serious. More than 1M people died of COVID-19 worldwide this year. More than 200K just in the USA.

Someone on Twitter wrote:

Skeptical in March: OK, but do you know anyone who got really sick?
Skeptical now: OK, but do you know anyone who died?

Well, I know many people who got sick, some of them my close friends. Some of them got through it easily, others had a really tough time and even weeks after couldn’t breathe properly. And I just heard that the priest who wed my mom and dad died of COVID-19 just a few days ago.

This is real and it hits home.

Additional thoughts and recommendations

Again, please read all the articles I linked to above. Use your own good judgement and verify your sources. Don’t listen to politicians - they are not scientists. This is a dumb but deadly virus that has no political agenda.

If you’re a church-attending catholic like me, choose a church that lets you participate outside. Take communion only in your hand and make sure the priest who gives it out to you is wearing a mask. If not, take the communion spiritually. Don’t risk it. God gave you a free will and will not protect you if you act in a stupid way.

Yes, 2020 sucks. This “new normality” blows. We can’t have the good things we’re used to. Travel is limited. There are no parties, concerts or other events. And if they are, you should totally avoid them.

Let me repeat that. Don’t organize parties! Don’t invite people to a party! Don’t accept invites to a party. These situations are always awkward and make people sad but the choice is clear.

We should all choose health now.

I’m optimistic. We’ll deal with this virus at some point. It won’t be like this forever.

We just need to suck it up for now.

Which really… sucks.

COVID-19 - what to do about that Coronavirus?