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Stayin Alive During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Did you hear that John Travolta was diagnosed with the Coronavirus?

Then he found out that it was only Saturday Night Fever, so he'll be Stayin' Alive.

Seriously though, pandemics like these are no laughing matter. No, you shouldn't panic and buy every toilet paper roll in a five-mile radius. And no, we aren't all gonna die.

If you're young and healthy, you'll probably be just fine.

But when something is spreading fast like, well, a virus, we all need to do our part to keep those around us healthy.

Here are some specific things you can do to stay healthy and keep those around you healthy this year.

World Health Organization Situation Report – New Cases Per Day

1. Be a Decent Human Being and Wash Your Hands

Seriously, wash your hands frequently. That's not just for you; it's to keep everyone around you healthy. Every handle or surface you touch you pick up stuff and then you spread that to everything else you touch.

And take a shower and put on deodorant every day while you're at it, no one wants to sit next to someone who smells.

2. Take Care of Yourself

You never hear of one of these epidemics where they say healthy people are at the highest risk. No, it's those with pre-existing conditions and old people. Now us old folks can't do anything about being old, but we can take care of ourselves.

Get some exercise and lay off the fries and multiple trips through the buffet line. We've got a workout challenge going on because being overweight and inactive kills way more people than the coronavirus.

Being in good physical condition doesn't mean that you won't pick up a virus, but it does mean you're much more likely to recover quickly.

3. Lock Yourself In Your Room for the Next Five Years

Ok, locking yourself in your room is a little extreme, but use a little common sense. If you don't need to go to a public event with 100,000 other people who will be standing elbow to elbow sneezing all over each other, skip it.

If you're the one with a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, you might want to consider using an app on your phone like Doctor On Demand to get some advice and stay home. If you are sick and absolutely must go out (do you REALLY need to?), at least put on a mask and gloves to avoid spreading it. Those masks are more for those who are sick than they are for healthy people.

4. Use The Vulcan Greeting

Maintain a little distance from others in public too. It's cool right now to do the Vulcan greeting. Get those hands up, make a W with your fingers, and say, “Live Long and Prosper.”

Maybe that's why those dudes lived so long.

The Vulcan greeting is finally cool, YES!!!

For some official advice, check out the World Health Organization site.

Live long and prosper my dear 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.