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Your Quick Guide to Surviving Quarantine 2020

It’s only 3 months in, and 2020 is already making me miss 2019. First the helicopter accident, and now this… it’s like 2020 is trying to dethrone 2016 as the worst year of the 21st century.

Just in case you are unaware of the current situation let me catch you up on life during Big Rona.

What is happening right now?

  • Corona isn’t just a China problem anymore. Since December, China has been dealing with corona. It wasn’t until recently that the virus began to affect the rest of the world. It is already spreading quickly. Even celebrities (e.g.Idris Elba and Tom Hanks) and athletes are getting the virus.
  • Health care systems are on the verge of collapsing because of big rona. Outside of China, Italy has the highest death toll from corona. The health care systems are so overwhelmed that doctors are having to decide who gets to live and who doesn’t. Let’s not forget the people who were already at the hospital for reasons not related to corona.
  • Social gatherings are decreasing in numbers. Just last week, gatherings of 500 people was possible. Now they recommend no gatherings with more than 10 people. That drastic change should let you know that this virus is no joke. If you have a large family though, I’m sorry.
  • Grocery stores look like they have been robbed. I’ve never seen shelves at Sam’s Club look so empty. There was no water, people only left wheat bread, and there wasn’t even cauliflower rice… AND NOBODY REALLY EATS CAULIFLOWER RICE LIKE THAT. The Sam’s Club I was at was in such dire state that they had a sampler trying to sell Propel as a substitute for water…
  • Washing hands is becoming a trend. First of all, you should’ve already been washing your hands. All of these articles coming out about HOW you should wash your hands is kind of sad. How do you forget to do something that they taught you to do in elementary school?
  • Sporting events are taking an L. If the NBA and NCAA are cancelling events, then you should probably be concerned (Especially if it’s March Madness season). Despite these cancellations though, WWE is committed to airing all of their shows. WrestleMania at the performance center is going to be a show we won’t ever forget.
  • Hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and toilet paper are currently unavailable. I understand hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, but I’m still confused about the toilet paper. Are you using it for things besides wiping your ass? Do you shit more often than you’re supposed too? Because if that’s the case, you should’ve seen a doctor a long time ago for that issue.

In conclusion, everyone is freaking out right now over a pandemic that we barely know anything about and quarantine is in the near future. Flu-like symptoms ain’t cutting it for me. I’ve never had the flu, so I don’t know what that feels like. Plus I have allergies, so I’m gonna be sneezing whether I have rona or not. Also hand washing and quarantine being the only way to prevent the disease sounds like BS. Since quarantine is inevitable, you’re going to need something to occupy your time during a forced staycation. Here’s a few suggestions.

What can you do during this time?

  • Stock up on necessities like groceries and toiletries. If you haven’t already done this, you’re fucked. Aldi’s might still have some stuff, but Walmart, Sam’s Club, and Costco have been wiped out. Fresh fruits and veggies should still be available though.
  • Wash your hands. This shouldn’t even be a bullet point, but here we are.
  • Read. Libraries may be unavailable, but Amazon is still working. You can download stuff from Kindle or try listening to books on Audible. I use kindle because I have a Kindle Unlimited membership. If you don’t want anything literature based, podcasts exist.
  • Facetime or download Google Duo/What’s App to communicate with significant others. You’re going to still want to be social during this time, so get these apps as soon as possible. All of them are very user-friendly too.
  • Start a new hobby. I recently got into meditation, and there are a lot of guided meditation videos on YouTube (Here is one of my faves). If you wanted to start working out, you could watch workout videos on YouTube too.
  • Learn a new language. Duolingo is that app for learning just about any language, and it’s free for the most part!
  • Practice self-care. You have to do some self-reflection to find the best self-care practices for yourself. For me, reading for fun, meditating, and doing my nails are fun ways to practice self-care. If you need more ideas, here’s a video from Lavendaire.

Along with that list, you can do my favorite thing which is binge-watching random stuff on streaming platforms!

What you can binge-watch now?

  • Super long series that you forgot you were even watching. I do this all of the time. I’ve done this with Jane the Virgin, Supernatural, and Shameless. All are very good shows, but I had commitment issues in college. Now, I think I’m ready.
Supernatural & Shameless (Netflix)
  • A new series that you’ve never watched. Netflix originals hit a little different from your regular cable dramas. On My Block just dropped Season 3 last Wednesday, and everybody should be watching Sex Education (Seasons 1 & 2 are now available).
On My Block & Sex Education (Netflix)
  • Trash but addicting reality TV shows. If you haven’t watched Love is Blind, you need to watch it. The entire concept of the show is pretty crazy, but some of the people on the show are crazy as well.
Jessica from Love is Blind (Netflix)
  • Shows & movies to keep your children occupied… I mean entertained while they are home from school. Frozen & Frozen 2 are on Disney+ now. Nothing educational there, but your children will be entertained.
Frozen & Frozen 2 (Disney+)
  • Documentaries so you can learn shit. I’ve watched the Minimalism when I was considering becoming a minimalist (Sidebar: I’m still not a minimalist, but the documentary was great). What the Health? is also not a bad documentary if you want to scare yourself out of eating meat (Another sidebar: I still eat meat though, but I’m more mindful about the food I put in my body). Both documentaries are available on Netflix.
  • Korean dramas for a break from a reality. Korean dramas are painfully unrealistic, but we all need a happy ending every now and again. Strong Girl Bong-Soon is the latest k-drama that I’ve watched, but Crash Landing On You looks promising.
Crash Landing On You & Strong Girl Bong Soon (Netflix)
  • Movies you didn’t know were available on streaming sites. Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse is a must-watch even if you aren’t into animated movies or superheroes. Black Panther is always good no matter how many times you watch it.
Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse (Netflix) & Black Panther (Netflix & Disney+)

As you can see, there are a lot of ways that you could spend your time during quarantine. You can take this time to work on professional development. You can even work on self-development. Just don’t forget to stream your favorite shows and movies when you can!

So don’t worry. Stay the fuck home. Wash your hands regularly. And binge watch before quarantine is over!

Leave comments below to let me know how you are planning to spend your time in quarantine. Until next time…

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