5 Reasons Why I Have Not Changed Anything Despite 2019 Novel Coronavirus Pandemic
…and yet, I have generally not changed anything despite the 2019 Novel Coronavirus — which is also known as COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV — pandemic gripped many of the people all over the planet into a panic arguably never seen before in recorded hysteria…
…er…I meant to write recorded history — not hysteria. These pesky typographical errors can really change the meaning of the written word — but I digress as usual.
Without further ado, here are the five reasons why I have not changed anything — my habits, my routines, my agendas — since the advent of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and the pandemic which it is causing.
From being squeezed within a mass of people into a subway car like the proverbial sardine can during rush hour in New York when I attended high school and college — as well as commuted to my place of employment — to mingling among tens of thousands of people at stadiums to attending parties and events, I never particularly liked being around people…
…with a few and notable exceptions, of course.
I do not typically hug people. I do not usually kiss people. I do not even touch people, if it is at all possible — especially shaking hands. I never liked the practice — or even truly understood the purpose in the first place — of shaking hands.
The custom of people bowing to each other when greeting each other in Japan was silly to me — or so I originally thought — until I was there for the first time and realized that the custom was not only polite and respectful; but the chances of transmitting germs, bacteria and viruses were arguably lower than shaking hands…
…and if I am going to shake hands with someone, at least reciprocate with a firm handshake. Please don’t give me one of those wimpy handshakes that feel clammy and like only a fraction of an effort was put into it. If you are going to shake the hand of someone, at least fully commit to it.
If you see me at a party, I am likely hiding out in a corner with a drink — not alcoholic, of course — in one hand and a plate of food in the other hand.
Unless I am in a gregarious mood — which is not typical for me — I arguably pretty much invented the practice of avoiding other people whenever possible; so the recommendation of distancing myself at least six feet from other people requires no change on my part.
By the way, could you please answer a question for me: whenever Donald Trump — who is the current president of the United States — has a press conference, why are none of the people who join him on the podium standing at least six feet apart like they strongly recommend?!?
3. Donating Platelets and Other Blood Products
When combined with the gallons of whole blood and double donations of red blood cells over the years, I have donated mostly platelets at least 182 times to the American Red Cross…
…and that does not include all of my donations to the New York Blood Center as well.
I personally prefer donating platelets because I can do so every two weeks — up to a maximum of 24 times per year — as several recipients can benefit from one apheresis donation. It may take a couple of hours of my time, but I can choose to listen to music, watch a movie or get some work done — and I get to drink juice or water and eat cookies and other snacks afterwards! Yay! How can anyone not want cookies?!?
More importantly — unlike money or material possessions — donating platelets and blood is the purest and most personal way of literally giving of yourself to a person in need. To be able to save the life of someone somewhere who needs it is quite rewarding for me. I truly believe that alone is worth two or more hours of my time…
…and that is especially important now, when blood supplies are critically low.
…so now that most restaurants are closed due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, I am basically unaffected.
Speaking of dining, I do like some junk food and fast food once in a while — but I prefer fresh food which is as unaltered as possible. I like a good salad, a freshly cooked lean steak, seafood, and many types of fruits and vegetables. Eating nutritious food can go a long way towards fending off viruses, germs, and bacteria.
As for bars and nightclubs also being closed — well…I do not drink alcoholic beverages and I do not particularly enjoy dancing.
5. Walking — a Lot
For most of my life, I have always enjoyed walking. It is great exercise; it is usually the most economical method of traveling; and it allows me to travel to places to which one cannot get by virtually any other mode of transportation.
I am hardly an expert on health; but virtually everything which I have been doing — without even thinking about doing them — has been effective in my not contracting a communicable disease by way of virus, germ or bacteria…
…and although I have no conclusive proof — I am simply relying on my own personal experience — I truly believe that had other people incorporated at least a few of the aforementioned reasons into their daily lives, we would not be currently experiencing a pandemic today. It all just seems to be so simple to do.
The outright ineptness of leaders around the world who cannot even agree on which is the right direction and thus confusing members of their constituencies certainly is not helping matters either — especially as they do not listen to the so-called experts of the medical and scientific communities who are trying to resolve this pandemic as efficiently as possible and as soon as possible.
As for travel, I had nothing planned this month or in April or May; so I am okay there — although I do miss traveling overall. My supplies are basically fine where I live — and no, I have not hoarded anything.
This article is the latest in a series pertaining to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus in an effort to get the facts out with information derived from reliable sources — as well as attempt to maintain a reasoned and sensible ongoing discussion towards how to resolve this pandemic.
Other articles at The Gate which pertain to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus include: