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5 useful tips in Coronavirus times

Advice from the quarantine zone of Italy!

1y ago

It seems all the world is talking about is Coronavirus. I wanted to give some useful tips in Coronavirus times. A little premise might be needed. I live in Italy, the most affected nation after China, where our government decided to shut all non-essential activities and limited the freedom of its citizens to leave their houses. Technically we are allowed to leave our house, but only to buy food and necessary supplies. That may sound like a dystopian scenario, but it is what it is, and only time will tell if it was the right decision or not.

Anyway, let's start from point one!

First: Don't Panic

Not easy I know, as the situation can be a little overwhelming. But don't panic, the world is not going to end, zombies aren't wandering around like in 28 Days Later, and there's no hint we're going to live in a Mad Max-style world. Dolphins haven't left the planet yet (if you get the reference we can totally be friends) so, please don't panic.

Second: Supplies

Even here in our Italian scenario, there is food. I live in Rome, which is quite a big city, right? And there's food for everyone. Shops and supermarkets are open and full of supplies. Home delivery services are still working and you can potentially buy everything you need. You're not going to starve, we are not in war, so read back the first point and don't do raids at the supermarkets, think reasonably and KINDLY. Everyone needs essential supplies like toilet paper, rice and pasta, so leave something for others. After you've stocked up 30 kilos of pasta and a dozen packs of bog rolls for your two-person family household, you will run out of space, and feel like a knob.

Third: Fresh food

A healthy diet is essential. Buy a reasonable amount of fresh food, fruits, and vegetables, as they're rich in vitamins and healthy stuff. I've heard friends abroad telling me that while the markets were out of toilet paper and rice, fresh food and organic markets were full of supplies. This is bonkers right? I mean, even pirates needed fresh fruits to avoid getting sick in the old times... So, use this time to eat more healthy, and cook more with natural ingredients. Time in times of quarantine isn't an issue.

Four: Routine

Routine is important! Keep to a regular schedule even when you're stuck at home. It's essential to keep a good physical and mental health state. If you're forced to stay at home, get out of your pyjamas, wake up at the usual time, wash yourself, and keep eating regular meals. This way, you can occupy the time, feel like a relatively normal human being and take good care of yourself. You don't want to end up not eating at proper times, crunching crisps on the couch all day, and risking putting on some extra kilos so your clothes don't fit anymore.

Five: Cooking!

Be well organised, do your grocery shop wisely, and plan a weekly menu. Once you have all the ingredients you need, you can enjoy cooking, doing all those recipes you usually don't have the time to try. Homemade pasta, homemade pizza or bread, cakes, and so on. Personally, since I'm forced to be home, the quality of our meals got an upgrade.

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Comments (20)

  • Makes so much sense! Thank you for sharing.

      1 year ago
  • Hard to plan a weekly menu when you don't know what the store will have in stock.

      1 year ago
    • Honestly idk how's the situation there, but here there's basically anything, from pasta and meat to any brand of crisps...

        1 year ago
    • The store I stopped at Friday had about adozen packages of fresh meat. Most of the people that went to the bigger stores said that there was none.

        1 year ago
  • Guida Galattica per gli autostoppisti 😎

      1 year ago
  • We are allowed to go to work, do the shopping and walk outside, but not more then two people and keep the distance of min. 1,5 -2,0 meter. Some stupid preppers still buy every roll of toilet paper - but if you ask, the nice people in the shop help you. Some preppers still buy everything as much as they can get. But now you don’t get 50 kg of pasta, sugar, flour- I hope those preppers can’t even turn in their apartments. It’s hard not meeting the family. But there are so many people who can’t do this either, so what- we can talk on the phone. It could be worse. Sometimes I have stupid ideas, I want to go to the cinema, the cafes, the restaurants, I want to meet friends and family in the park and play with the children in the playground, I want to go swimming, shopping, hairdresser, but the moment I have the idea, I know it is stupid and it is be over. The longer, the better we keep now the distance the more people we will meet after this healthy and alive. So have stupid thoughts and act reasonable. I wish you all to stay safe and healthy.

      1 year ago
  • I'm practicing social distancing by eating a bag of crisps, while driving my car down a multilane dual carriageway on my own.

      1 year ago