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Three Things to Watch Out For the COVID-19 Outbreak

By: Chanho Ju

It has been a few weeks after the COVID-19 outbreak caused the US government to issue a quarantine for all the Americans and banned all public or most public meetings. This has resulted in many of us getting forced to stay home and sit tight while being unable to enjoy all the outdoor things that many of us enjoy, while enjoying most of the things that we enjoy when we are at home. But, during this time of great suffering for outdoor people and great joy for indoor people, we must always be aware as to what we are doing as the threat to our health is not always outside, but is also inside.

1. Exercise Free Daily Life

Since the quarantine has been issued many of us had been lockup in our homes and unable to leave. This have impacted our daily lives in many ways, but one of the most significantly impacted was our active life. Due to the prevention of outside activities and the fear of COVID-19, many of us have simply refused to move or travel much outside other than work related issues as well as other personal issues. This has led to many of us neglecting our body in terms of daily exercises that is needed for our body to be healthy. On average, healthy adults need 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity per week. Aerobic activity in here can be anywhere from a mild jog to a full on sprint. Now, it is not easy to maintain this amount of activity daily, but it can be easily done inside as well as outside. If you are people living inside homes with stairs, a mild jogging up and down the stairs should have the same effect as jogging outside, or for those of you who don’t have stairs inside, you can pace around your living room or you bed room for 150 minutes in an average jog. Other ways you can accomplish is to run outside, since it will be a brief jog or run so you don’t have to be worried about it too much, or to buy an exercise machine at home if you have the money.

2. Limited Contact With Your Social Life

Another problem that arises with the start of quarantine is the fact that nearly everyone is basically removed from their social life. Everyone is staying home together with their family and everyone is trying to minimize social interaction as much as possible. Now, this is not a problem to some of you who have a social life in your homes but it will be a problem for those who don’t. Social life is not an easy thing to build and it takes various skills to build it. You have to make friends, you have to talk and hangout with your friends, you have to keep your relationship with your higher ups or your managers or you teachers, and you have to know how to either strike up a conversation or to continue or end a conversation. Most of, if not all of, the things that I mentioned is mostly built on actual experiences that we have outside in our society, but if you take away our outside meeting opportunities we won’t be able to keep honing our social skills. As the duration of the quarantine grows longer day by day, we will start to forget how to interact with our friends and how to act in front of certain people that we know of. If we are not capable enough we might find ourselves in a bit of a pinch when it comes to readjusting ourselves into society after quarantine. In order for such inconveniences to not occur, we need to try to preserve our social skills even for a bit. Call your friends and ask how they are doing. Call your teachers or managers and as if they want to have a friendly chat. It is important to keep trying to talk to others to preserve your social skills.

3. Economy After Quarantine

Lastly, one of the major concerns for the quarantine is how it will affect the US economy. During this time people aren’t leaving their houses so the places that are usually bustling with people are empty, for example Disney Land or the airports or the Spectrum. Due to the fact that most people nowadays are just buying toilet papers and food, there are not much income in other business other than food related business or the supermarkets. Because of low income for many of the stores all across US, many people are being laid off, creating millions of people that are currently unemployed and in desperate need of a source of income to pay their daily expenses. Now, there have been government programs that give those laid off business men and women some money to help themselves during the quarantines, but it is still not enough. People are still at homes being jobless and the economy is still falling as more and more stores find it hard to keep their shops. At this rate some of us might wonder if this situation might turn into a Great Depression like situation or at least the Great Recession like situation, which will be very bad anyway. Now, since I am no economy expert and have very limited knowledge about US economy, I have no idea how the outcome will be or whether or not the US economy will survive this sudden halt, but I do know for sure, based on the patterns I observed, that if we are not careful in how we spend our money during the quarantine, we might be in a very deep trouble if the quarantine turns US economy into one that resembles during the time of the Great Depression.

Now the quarantine is certainly unfavorable for most of the people, but it is not like it will be all bad and no good as many of the luxuries that we used to not be able to enjoy are now extremely cheap and fordable, but remember the 3rd point and don’t spend carelessly. I know that this list does not put other things that you need to be careful like the flu virus going around or spending too much time in the internet, but I thing some of those things are inevitable and that some of them are easier to avoid then the ones I listed here. Since I am not an expert on these things I will say that these are only the opinions of an amateur but I hope some of the things I talked about in here will be of help to someone in the distant or near future.

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