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Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield offers tips for self-isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.
Hadfield spent months at a time on the International Space Station, and still managed to be productive despite not being able to operate under his normal routine.
His coronavirus self-isolation tips include understanding the risk, figuring out your objective, taking note of your constraints, and then taking action.
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There are thousands of people all over the world fighting for their lives in hospital beds right now after being infected with the new coronavirus, but for a vast majority of us, the most difficult challenge we’ll face in the coming weeks and months is staying away from our friends and family members to stop the spread of COVID-19. “Social distancing” and “self-isolation” probably weren’t terms you ever expected to apply to your daily life, but that’s what this pandemic calls for. And who better to help us through an extended period of isolation than an astronaut.

Over the weekend, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield took to YouTube to offer up some advice on how to cope with self-isolation, which, having spent nearly five consecutive months on the International Space Station, he might be as qualified to give as anyone you will ever meet. Plus, he’s very succinct about it.

Before you watch the video (unless you skipped straight to it and already watched it, in which case, ignore this part), you shouldn’t expect any life-changing secrets that you couldn’t have surmised yourself. That said, Hadfield might be the calming presence you need in your life right now, even if just for a few moments:

It’s worth breaking down each of Hadfield rather general tips and applying them to the new coronavirus.
Hadfield’s first piece of advice is to “understand the actual risk.” One of the biggest hurdles that many people have had to overcome (and I include myself in here) is coming to terms with the severity of the situation. You don’t need to panic or stock up on months worth of toilet paper, but you do need to stay informed by watching the news and reading articles from trustworthy sources. Every day we learn something new about the virus.
Secondly, you need to figure out what your objective is while you’re in isolation. For many of us, that objective will be to maintain some semblance of a normal routine as we adjust to working from home and staying inside on weeknights and weekends. The most important thing that many of us can do right now is simply to not get infected or not spread the virus if we’re already infected. Figure out how to cope with your new reality.
Next, take note of your constraints. Multiple US states, counties, and cities have issued stay-at-home orders, so that’s a pretty obvious constraint. Most of us are also trying to limit the number of times we leave the house for groceries or exercise or vital errands. That’s another. And then there’s the constraint of not being able to see many your friends and family members in person. None of these constraints are ideal, but we all have to live with them.

Finally, once you’ve got a grip on the risk, your objective, and the constraints you face, it’s time to take action. There are countless ways to power through this period of self-isolation, whether it’s by starting a new project, learning a new skill, binge-watching every season of The Wire, or singing virtual karaoke with your friends on Google Hangouts. And that’s how Hadfield and the rest of us are going to make it through this. Image Source: Erik Pendzich/Shutterstock

Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced, South Africa planed to implement three-week lock down over coronavirus. In their recent address to the nation, Ramaphosa stated the 21-day lock down will start at midnight Thursday and he known as on the nation to “urgently and dramatically” escalate its response. “Immediate, swift and extraordinary action is required if we are to avoid human costs of this virus,” mentioned Ramaphosa, adding that if the nation did not act swiftly, it may face “a human catastrophe of enormous proportions.” In the week because the nation declared a state of nationwide disaster, the variety of confirmed instances has elevated sixfold, Ramaphosa mentioned, particularly troubling in a rustic with a big immune-suppressed inhabitants of HIV and tuberculosis suffers. “The action we are taking now will have lasting economic costs,” mentioned Ramaphosa. “But we are sure that the cost of not acting now will be far greater.”Essential services As of Monday, South Africa has greater than 400 confirmed cases of Covid-19, based on Health Minister Zweli Mkhize — the best number to date for any nation in Africa, based on the World Health Organization.Under the lock down, folks won’t be allowed to go away their houses besides to purchase meals, medical supplies, gather social grants or search medical attention. All outlets and companies might be closed apart from pharmacies, supermarkets, petrol stations and health care suppliers in addition to laboratories, banks and different important financial services. Essential personnel together with health care staff, emergency and safety personnel essential to the response may also be exempt.The South African National Defense Force might be deployed to help the South African Police Service, Ramaphosa mentioned. Ramaphosa implored South Africans to behave within the curiosity of the nation and never out of self-interest.”We are a nation of one and we are surely going to prevail,” stated Ramaphosa. South Africa declared a “national state of disaster” over the spread of the virus last week and prohibited journey from high-risk locations including Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom and China. Ramaphosa ordered the closure of half of the nation’s land ports and faculties and banned public gatherings of greater than 100 individuals throughout the nation.

Coronavirus Officials warn that New York is experiencing a virus ‘attack rate’ at five times that of other parts of the United States. President Trump downplays threat of the virus, as at least 16 states institute stay-at-home orders. Right NowPublic transit to start up again in Wuhan, where the global outbreak started, within 24 hours. ImageSenator Chuck Schumer speaking to reporters at the Capitol on Sunday.Credit…Erin Scott for The New York TimesDemocrats and Treasury say they are close to a compromise on $2 trillion economic package. The Senate’s top Democrat and the treasury secretary said on Monday night they were close to a deal on a nearly $2 trillion economic stabilization package to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.The announcement came hours after Democrats voted for the second time to block action until they secured more worker protections and restrictions on bailed-out companies.“We expect to have an agreement in the morning,” Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the minority leader, told reporters just before midnight, as he wrapped up a final meeting with Steven Mnuchin, the treasury secretary. “There are still a few little differences,” he said. Mr. Mnuchin said the two sides were very close to a compromise, though both sides cautioned there was no final agreement and the negotiations remained fluid. The two men called President Trump just before they broke for the night. Mr. Schumer said the president’s response had been “very positive,” despite a tweet just minutes before in which Mr. Trump accused Democrats, led by the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, of sabotaging the package and wanting “the virus to win.”The apparent progress came after Mr. Mnuchin and Mr. Schumer spent hours haggling behind closed doors. Among other areas of contention, Democrats had demanded restrictions and oversight requirements over a proposed $500 billion fund that would be used to bail out distressed companies.Democrats voted against moving forward with the plan Monday afternoon, sending markets plummeting. But after more discussion, late Monday night Mr. Schumer said he was hopeful that both sides could now come together quickly, with a vote possible by Tuesday evening.Public transit to start up again in Wuhan within 24 hours as concerns simmer about “silent spreader” cases. The central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the global outbreak started, said on Tuesday that public transportation would resume within 24 hours and residents would be allowed to leave the city beginning April 8 as infections appeared to be dwindling after a weekslong lockdown. Even as local infections across China appeared to approach zero, the Wuhan government on Tuesday said a doctor who was working in a local hospital tested positive, adding to evidence that Hubei Province, of which Wuhan is the capital, has not beaten the virus.In Wuhan, authorities continue to turn up cases of people with the virus but without symptoms, fueling growing fears among the Chinese public that the government has failed to disclose or discover a much larger number of infections than the 81,171 cases that have been reported.In China, officials only count patients with both symptoms and a positive test in its official tally of confirmed cases. The World Health Organization says that all people who test positive are confirmed to be infected regardless of whether they show symptoms.China’s approach to counting raises questions about how many people with the virus are circulating freel. Even if these individuals do not become sick themselves, there is evidence that asymptomatic people can infect others. The number of “silent carriers” — people who are infected but show delayed or no symptoms — could be as high as one-third of those who test positive, the South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong newspaper, reported on Sunday, citing classified Chinese government data.After social media accounts circulated over the weekend that China was suppressing the numbers by failing to acknowledge these “silent carriers,” authorities in Wuhan said a patient in the city had tested positive despite not having symptoms.The Wuhan health commission also stated that infected patients with no symptoms still need to be isolated for 14 days and that “a small number may progress to confirmed cases.”Last week, China reported no new local infections for the first time since the outbreak began three months ago. But it is now struggling with imported cases, which continue to rise.But for many public health experts, these developments add to doubts that the virus will be fully eradicated in China in the near term.Density creates alarming virus “attack rate” in New York City, officials say. New York City has about a third of the nation’s confirmed coronavirus cases, making it the new epicenter of the outbreak in the United States. Nearly 1 in 1,000 people in the New York metropolitan area have contracted the virus, five times the rate of the rest of the country, Dr. Deborah L. Birx, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator, said on Monday.The New York metro area is experiencing a virus “attack rate” of nearly one in a thousand, or five times that of other areas Dr. Birx said. In epidemiology, the attack rate is the percentage of a population that has a disease.New York’s population density may help explain why the “attack rate” is so high. New York is far more crowded than any other major city in the United States. It has 28,000 residents per square mile, while San Francisco, the next most jammed city, has 17,000, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.All of those people, in such a small space, appear to have helped the virus spread rapidly through packed subway trains, busy playgrounds and hivelike apartment buildings, forming ever-widening circles of infections. The city now has more coronavirus cases per capita than even Italy.Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York will issue an order requiring hospitals to increase capacity by at least 50 percent, he said on Monday. New York State saw a one-day increase of nearly 5,000 cases, putting the total at 21,689 as of Monday night.After days of criticizing the Trump administration for not doing enough to help the city, Mr. de Blasio said he had a “very substantial conversation” with President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday night about getting additional supplies, medical personnel and financial support.President Trump hints at a short shutdown: “I’m not looking at months.”Videotranscripttranscript‘Our Country Wasn’t Built to Be Shut Down,’ Trump SaysThe White House coronavirus task force provided an update as the virus spreads in America.We are going to save American workers, and we’re going to save them quickly. And we’re going to save our great American companies — both small and large. This was a medical problem. We are not going to let it turn into a long lasting financial problem. We also have a large team working on what the next steps will be once the medical community gives a region the OK, meaning the OK to get going, to get back. Let’s go to work. Our country wasn’t built to be shut down. This is not a country that was built for this. It was not built to be shut down. America will, again and soon, be open for business very soon. A lot sooner than three or four months that somebody was suggesting — a lot sooner. We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself. We’re not going to let the cure be worse than the problem.The White House coronavirus task force provided an update as the virus spreads in America.CreditCredit…Doug Mills/The New York TimesPresident Trump, in a nearly two-hour coronavirus briefing, hinted on Monday that the economic shutdown meant to halt the spread of the virus across the country would not be extended. “America will again and soon be open for business,” the president said, without providing a timeline for when he believes normal economic activity could resume. He later added, “I’m not looking at months, I can tell you right now.”“If it were up to the doctors, they’d say let’s shut down the entire world,” Mr. Trump said. “This could create a much bigger problem than the problem that you started out with.”Mr. Trump also suggested that he would soon re-evaluate the federal guidance urging social distancing. More states moved on Monday to impose their own sweeping stay-at-home orders, which will soon cover more than 158 million Americans in 16 states.Washington, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Oregon became the latest states to announce sweeping directives to keep more people home in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.Mr. Trump sent mixed signals from the White House podium, agreeing at one point with his surgeon general and saying, “It’s going to be bad,” then suggesting that the response to the virus may have been overblown.“This is going away,” Mr. Trump said, citing jobs, “anxiety and depression” and suicide as arguments for restoring the U.S. economy.He compared deaths from the novel coronavirus so far to deaths from other causes — influenza and car accidents — suggesting that the scale of those preventable deaths means economic restrictions may not be appropriate to prevent the spread of the virus.While it is true that those causes of death outnumber deaths from the virus to date, projections from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that deaths from Covid-19 could range from 200,000 to 1.7 million people. Estimates from other scientists place the potential deaths in a range from several hundred thousand to several million deaths, substantially more than annual deaths from car accidents and flu combined.Britain is placed under a virtual lockdown.Videotranscripttranscript‘You Must Stay At Home,’ Johnson SaysIn a speech to the British people, Boris Johnson announced new measures for Britain to combat the coronavirus.Good evening. The coronavirus is the biggest threat this country has faced for decades. And this country is not alone. All over the world, we’re seeing the devastating impact of this invisible killer. Without a huge national effort to halt the growth of this virus, there will come a moment when no health service in the world could possibly cope — because there won’t be enough ventilators, enough intensive care beds, enough doctors and nurses. And as we’ve seen elsewhere in other countries that also have fantastic health care systems, that is the moment of real danger. The time has now come for us all to do more. From this evening, I must give the British people a very simple instruction: You must stay at home. Because the critical thing we must do to stop the disease spreading between households. That is why people will only be allowed to leave their home for the following very limited purposes: Shopping for basic necessities as infrequently as possible. One form of exercise a day — for example, a run, walk or cycle — alone or with members of your household. Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person. And traveling to and from work — but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home. That’s all. These are the only reasons you should leave your home. There are just no easy options. The way ahead is hard, and it is still true that many lives will sadly be lost.In a speech to the British people, Boris Johnson announced new measures for Britain to combat the coronavirus.CreditCredit…Pool photo by Pa VideoFacing a growing storm of criticism about his laissez-faire response to the fast-spreading coronavirus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday that he would place Britain under a virtual lockdown, closing all nonessential shops, banning meetings of more than two people, and requiring people to stay in their homes, except for trips for food or medicine.People who flout the new restrictions, the prime minister said, will be fined by the police.The steps, which Mr. Johnson outlined in a televised address to the nation, bring him into alignment with European leaders like President Emmanuel Macron of France and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, who have all but quarantined their countries in a desperate bid to slow the outbreak.“No prime minister wants to enact measures like this,” an ashen-faced Mr. Johnson said. “I know the damage that this disruption is doing and will do to people’s lives, to their businesses and to their jobs.”But while these were the most draconian restrictions placed on the British people since World War II, Mr. Johnson is still leaving a bit of breathing room.The prime minister said people also could leave their houses for exercise, either alone or with family members, and he did not close parks in London.The number of confirmed cases in Britain rose to 6,650 on Monday, up from 5,683 a day earlier, while the death toll jumped by 54, to 335. British officials believe that those numbers are about to balloon.Facebook has re-emerged as a news hub.Before the coronavirus, Facebook could feel at times like the virtual equivalent of a sleepy bingo parlor — an outmoded gathering place populated mainly by retirees looking for conversation and cheap fun.Now, stuck inside their homes and isolated from their families and friends, millions of Americans are rediscovering the social network’s virtues. That has lifted usage of Facebook features like messaging and video calls to record levels and powered a surge in traffic for publishers of virus-related news.As of Thursday, more than half the articles being consumed on Facebook in the United States were related to the coronavirus, according to an internal report obtained by The New York Times. Overall U.S. traffic from Facebook to other websites also increased by more than 50 percent last week from the week before, “almost entirely” owing to intense interest in the virus, the report said.A bed shortage looms in California as testing continues to lag.Gov. Gavin Newsom estimates that California will be short about 17,000 hospital beds, although the state is frantically trying to source thousands more of them. And the pace of testing remains stubbornly slow in California.New York State, with half the population of California, has conducted twice as many tests for the virus. As of Monday, New York has tested 78,289 people, including 33,000 in New York City. California had conducted 26,400 tests by Sunday, the most recent data available.Officials in California have rushed to reopen hospitals that had been shuttered, buy motels to house the state’s more than 150,000 homeless people and retrofit college dormitories to serve as hospital wards.Mr. Newsom said the state was also chartering flights to China to procure protective equipment and expressed concern for smaller states that might not have the same purchasing power. He has called up the National Guard to work at food banks, and President Trump ordered a Navy hospital ship, with a thousand beds, to sail to the Port of Los Angeles within a week.In Texas and Ohio, abortion is declared “nonessential.”A new front in the political fight over abortion has been sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.Texas and Ohio have included abortions among the nonessential surgeries and medical procedures that they are requiring to be delayed, saying they are trying to preserve precious protective equipment for health care workers and to make space for a potential flood of coronavirus patients.But abortion-rights activists said that abortions should be counted as essential and that people could not wait for the procedure until the pandemic was over.On Monday, Ken Paxton, the attorney general of Texas, clarified that the postponement of surgeries and medical procedures announced by the governor over the weekend included “any type of abortion that is not medically necessary to preserve the life or health of the mother.”Failure to do so, he said, could result in penalties of up to $1,000 or 180 days of jail time. It was not immediately clear if that included medication abortion, which involves providers administering pills in the earlier stages of pregnancy.The move followed a similar action by health authorities in Ohio last week and has prompted a legal scramble by abortion rights groups to preserve access. Activists accused state leaders of using the coronavirus crisis to advance an existing agenda to restrict abortions.Reporting and research were contributed by Jason Gutierrez, Sui-Lee Wee, Nick Fandos, Sabrina Tavernise, Thomas Fuller, Tim Arango and Jo Becker

A loss of smell or taste could be an early signal of an infection with the pandemic virus, say medical consultants who cite studies from a number of countries.
It may even function a helpful screening instrument, they are saying.

The concept of a virus an infection decreasing sense of smell isn’t new. Respiratory viral an infection is a typical reason behind lack of smell, as a result of irritation can intrude with airflow and the power to detect odors. The sense of smell often returns when the an infection resolves, however in a small proportion of instances, smell loss can persist after different signs disappear. In some instances, it’s everlasting.
Now, there’s “good evidence” from South Korea, China and Italy for loss or impairment of smell in infected folks, says a joint assertion from the presidents of the British Rhinological Society and of ENT UK, a British group that represents ear, nose and throat medical doctors. In South Korea, some 30% of people that examined positive for the virus have cited lack of smell as their main grievance in in any other case delicate instances, they wrote.
So that may be helpful as a solution to spot infected folks with out different signs — fever, coughing and shortness of breath — of the new coronavirus, they wrote.
An identical proposal was revealed Sunday by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. It noted “rapidly accumulating” anecdotal proof from around the globe that the pandemic virus may cause not solely lack of scent but in addition a diminished sense of style. So the looks of these signs in folks with out one other clarification ought to alert medical doctors to the potential for a COVID-19 an infection, the group mentioned.
Maria Van Kerkhove, an outbreak skilled on the World Health Organization, advised reporters Monday that the U.N. well being company is wanting into the query of whether or not the lack of scent or style are a defining characteristic of the illness.
Dr. Eric Holbrook, an professional on nasal and sinus illness on the Massachusetts Eye and Ear hospital in Boston, mentioned the reviews have been a scorching matter amongst researchers and medical doctors. But “we don’t have hard evidence right now” about how usually smell loss happens in folks infected with the pandemic virus, he mentioned in an interview Monday.
Holbrook mentioned the experiences he has seen recommend the sense of smell returns within some weeks, however how lengthy it lasts has but to be firmly established.
He additionally mentioned it’s troublesome to evaluate reviews of a lack of style as a result of folks with an impaired sense of scent usually report a lack of taste, which is technically completely different from an impairment in style.
Holbrook mentioned he’s making an attempt to arrange a research of smell in individuals being examined for the coronavirus at Boston-area hospitals.