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5 Things You Can Do to Stay Healthy and Fight COVID-19

With daily cases of COVID-19 doubling every three days, it's almost a foregone conclusion that most of us will be affected in some form or fashion. Here are five things you should be doing to help fight this epidemic.

1. Take This Seriously

First of all, you need to take this seriously. We are still in the infancy of this outbreak. There are over half a million cases worldwide as of March 27th, and it is doubling every three days. That means unless we slow it down, it'll be at a million cases worldwide by March 30th and 2 million by April 3rd.

With 30 days, that's ten more times for this to double, which is 2^10 = over a billion cases by the beginning of May. That's why all the scientists are flipping out.

Listen, as Dr. Duc Vuong explains how this virus works.

2. Stay Positive, This Will Be Ok Eventually

Before you panic, let me reassure you that we will get this under control. It is highly unlikely that we'll hit those numbers I mentioned earlier, given the shutdowns the governments are doing.

That's the point of shutting things down, to change the direction we are heading.

We must slow down the spread, and we will as long as most people do their part and follow the stay-at-home orders. If you stay home, you don't get this, and you don't spread it. That's the point.

While it can be scary in the short term, we'll be ok as a society. We've been through stuff like this before.

3. Don't Contribute to the Problem

Most of us are not doctors or nurses. If you aren't, stay at home unless you must go out. Wash your hands frequently, and keep your distance from others. Following those basic instructions are critical to avoid bringing it back to your house.

My wife is a nurse. She expects that she will be mandated shortly into working daily 12-hour shifts as her facility already has a nursing shortage. 

Don't contribute to flooding the hospitals because you are bored and want out. If you need some more convincing, listen to Mary Macdonald as she explains the situation on the ground.

4. Use Time at Home to Get Healthy

The best thing you can do right now is to develop healthy habits. Focus on doing things that will build up your mental and physical health. Do some exercises. Improve your skills. Try out meditation, yoga, take a walk with the family, or maybe say some prayers.

5. Enjoy the Moment

Tough times bring us together as a community. Those of us who have experienced the deaths of a friend or loved one or who have survived disasters know that life is fleeting.

Good or bad, you will remember these moments for many decades, make sure they are good ones.

There are no guarantees, there never were.

Enjoy your time right now.

Part of the Normal Cycle of Life

As Ryan mentioned in his article “How to Thrive in a Negative Environment,” death is a normal part of life. Humans aren't used to being hunted by something like this virus. But that is the normal cycle of life with every species on the planet.

There's a natural balance to all of this. Fires rage and burn down forests, but the green always comes back after the rains. This pandemic will try us as few things have in our lifetime and may mark the beginning of a new generation, but we'll be ok.

Circle of Life
This is part of the normal circle of life

I've seen more people coming together to support each other in the last few weeks than I've seen in the previous decade. Significant events do that to people; it brings a community back together.

Maybe that's part of the point to all this, to renew us as a society. It's a good reminder for us to appreciate what we have, and to remind us that we're not above the laws of nature. Everything has a time and a place, even death.

The Bible puts it this way:

For everything, there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

The best thing all of us can do is to enjoy today. Tomorrow was never promised.

Video chat with your loved ones. If they are with you, give them an extra hug or kiss, take a walk, or play a game.

Take some reasonable precautions, but live your life.

This crisis will pass. Maybe with some tears and heartache, but it will pass. We'll be ok.

Live long and prosper, my friend.

Don Smith

Don Smith is a business coach with decades of experience. Happily married with five children, he lives in Springfield, Illinois. To work with Don, please click here.