30 Days In…

A street without traffic in Sunnyside, NY.

It’s been a while since I’ve written to you all. I’m still healthy, and nothing to worry about thus far. Settling into this new reality has certainly been a process. It’s been an actual thirty days since I’ve spent more than a half an hour outside of my apartment. I haven’t taken the subway in that time, I haven’t entered Manhattan in that time. I leave my apartment once a week for an hour to buy groceries, and other than that have spent my life indoors.

It’s a stark contrast to the world I lived in as little as forty three days ago. Forty three days ago, I could still go to the bar out in Flushing, and I was still going to a physical office. Forty three days ago, I could still travel to Boston, and I could still visit my Parents. Forty three days ago seems like an entirely different world, there were 90,000 case of Coronavirus Worldwide, and 98 total cases in the United States… Today, there are 1.8 million cases worldwide, with 514,415 cases in the United States alone.

So what does this new reality look like? For me, it’s been rolling out of bed at 8:45 am to punch in at 9 am for work. It’s been a complete shift in spending across the board. From purchasing the standing desk converter for my room (Pictured below), to investing in the stock market with excess funds I have because it’s at an all time low. I’ve spent time baking, i’ve spent time listening to music, and watching streaming services. I’ve picked up a workout routine that I try to do on a somewhat regular schedule. I don’t leave my house if I can avoid it, and when I do i’m wearing a surgical mask which i’ve grown dangerously low on, or one of the N95 masks that i’ve kept in storage for emergencies.

My Work from Home Set up, post COVID-19.

My social life has shifted from a largely physical outside presence with a minimal online life, to a fully online presence. I’ve invested in a subscription to Zoom Meetings so I can host online video chat sessions, and online board game nights. I’ve purchased a new microphone to ensure that I can be heard clearly and cleanly, and i’ve plugged in my webcam again. While it’s important for us to physically distance from our friends and family, we must remember that physical distance, does not mean we need to retract from society as a whole. This can seem difficult at times, even for me.

If you’re wondering what to do with your time, perhaps its time to take up a new hobby. Take a stab at cooking, or baking. Try your hand at indoor photography, or maybe give video games a shot if you really are at a loss. Keep moving, and keep working out of course. Being completely sedentary isn’t healthy either. Schedule time to spend with you family and friends, give Mom and Dad a call. Keep in touch with people. If you’re hair is getting too long like mine was maybe even give yourself a quarantine cut (Pictured below).

Not terrible for my first try at a haircut.

The important thing to remember in all of this, is don’t give up on yourself, and don’t give up on society. While we can never return to the “normal” we had, we need to work towards a new one together. For we are only as strong as we are together. Keep trying to stay healthy, keep staying safe. Keep thanking our Healthcare workers, our First Responders, and for god sake, STAY THE FUCK HOME. The sooner we all adhere to this, the sooner we can get over the curve and start working towards our new normal.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, and Happy Easter/Passover should you celebrate either.

Until next time…

Dave

An Ominous Storm

As a friend of mine put it, “Yeah this looks like a horror film”

Hello All, strangely enough i’m back. I never intend it to be the case but we’ve entered a very dark time. The picture above isn’t from a horror film, no, it’s become part of every day life. Unless you’ve lived under a rock the last six weeks since I wrote the post that was supposed to be my last posting, you know what SARS-nCOV-2 is, or perhaps you know it as COVID-19, or just plainly as Coronavirus. It’s a word that in the 3 months since it appeared in Wuhan Province, China has brought the world to a screeching halt.

Maps looking like this have sadly become all too common place in our daily lives. The media speaks of it on the daily. Our lives have been utterly uprooted by it.

It’s been a hard pill to swallow, constant bombardment by news, and developments. Major institutions shutting down, containment zones popping up around major cities like New Rochelle, and business shuttering their doors indefinitely. Mis-information, and the fear mongering tactics have lead to a panic across the globe, and if you believe some of my friends an unfounded panic. “Oh but it doesn’t kill anywhere near as much as the flu does on a yearly basis”, as of now yes you are correct. The novel coronavirus has killed 4,720 in the past 3 months. Whereas the flu has killed nearly 30,000 people this winter. So yes, as of now the flu is worse, key words as of now. The problem with this argument, that the flu is worse is that normalizes a concept of complacency. It tells you, that oh, its not that bad, we can just live our lives normally.

But, that’s not really true, the biggest enemy we have right now is not only mis-information, but a true lack of information on the virus itself. We do know, that at risk categories like myself, are more likely to develop a serious condition based on the historic track of the disease, but what we don’t know, and arguably the most important aspect of the disease is, transmissiblity. How long does this virus survive on surfaces, how long does it survive in the air? Current accepted information says that it’s much harder to transmit then the Flu. If that’s the case, then great, social distancing and the procedures we’ve begun to implement will have a significant impact on the disease. But, if new studies like the one being peer reviewed in Princeton currently, come to light, and say otherwise, we may be in for a longer haul than anyone expected.

The second problem, we will quickly encounter, especially if the latter outcome of transmission capabilities turns out to be true, we will quickly reach maximum capacity in our hospital system. The inability to treat patients efficiently, and or at all, will lead to major upticks in fatality. Especially among the aging population, and those we pre-existing health issues like my own. It’s all about flattening out the curve and being able to treat patients quickly enough to keep from overloading our healthcare systems.

I could keep going on and on about this topic, with the amount of research and news i’ve ingested at this point, but i’m not going to. I do have a few last points to make. First, if you think the virus isn’t a problem, and that it’s overblown, that’s false. Is the media fear mongering at this point? yes, and because of that people aren’t taking the virus as a serious issue. But, even if it’s not a serious problem for you, there are people who you love, and care about who it may be a problem for. The argument “well its natural selection” is a horrible, and shitty argument. No one wants to die, no one wants to leave family members behind, and just because someone is at risk, doesn’t make their life any less valuable than your own.

Please, please, please, wash your hands, that’s all I ask. 20 seconds, under hot water. Santize your hands, Santize your phones. Cough into the crevasse of your arm. Help protect those around you, who may not be as fortunate as you when it comes to your health. If you’ve made it this far, and you would like to educate yourself i’ll leave a few links below for your consumption.

A storm is coming, and its an ominous and uncertain sky in front of us.

Until next time…

Dave

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