Coronavirus: How to Stay Safe... And Keep Others Safe

COVID-19 is here, and you need to act now if you aren’t already.

There is one very simple thing that we can do and that works: social distancing. You need to stay home as much as possible, for as long as possible until the situation improves. Read that book you’ve been putting aside, get your spring cleaning done, or just keep working from home if that’s an option. Look on the bright side: you finally have a good reason to be a couch potato for a bit.

On a less positive note, while several countries already went on lockdown, in almost every instance it happened too late after the virus already spread. Each day matters and each day authorities drag their feet can lead to exponential growth of the number of infected people. Countries that act fast can reduce the number of deaths by a factor of ten. 

If you're a business owner, a government official, or any other kind of authority figure, you have the power to prevent cases of COVID-19 by making the right decision: getting people to stay home.

If you're not in a position of power, you can still act. 

  • Stay home as much as possible
  • Keep away from large gatherings
  • Keep a distance of 1+ meters between yourself and other people
  • Avoid using public transport when you can
  • Keep your hands clean and away from your face: wash them regularly with soap for at least 20-40 seconds
  • Wear a mask in public spaces — it helps prevent the virus from spreading
  • If you feel any symptoms like coughing, fever, shortness of breath — contact a medical specialist immediately

Try to stock up on non-perishable groceries and basic supplies, as well as cash (yes, that needs to be done with additional sanitizing measures) — global financial markets, banks and institutions are unstable right now (and future lockdowns in countries aren't gonna be any good for that).

There is no need to panic, but ignoring facts and doing nothing isn't an option. Asgardians, stay safe.

Vina Lapkes