As the infiltration of COVID-19 virus continues in Australia at top speed, we can learn from European countries how far-reaching it’s probe can be and how to beat the boredom blues if our nation goes into lockdown.
On Friday 13 March, the Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte announced he would extend restrictions already in place in the north of the country in order to further protect the population, especially the most fragile individuals from the virus.
Mr Conte placed a total ban on all public events and restricted travel in the country.
According to CNN ninety-seven people have died of the coronavirus since Sunday in Italy, bringing its total number of deaths to 463.
The country has 9,172 cases so far, and it appears to be worsening. In total, the virus has killed over 4 000 people worldwide and it's estimated that over 125 000 people have been confirmed to have the virus since the end of December last year.
The disease which spreads from person to person in close proximity has an incubation period of up to 14 days, although authorities believe it can be transmitted before symptoms appear.
However, with borders to countries closing all over the globe and major events being cancelled, it seems the best thing to do in the face of our fast-paced world forced to slow down is – Be Prepared!
Living in the midst of a deadly pandemic, which hasn’t yet peaked, can be confusing as new information and false reports are splashed all over the internet and media platforms nearly every minute of the day and night.
The most important level of consciousness to take is to be balanced and with that in mind, let’s discuss some boredom busters should your region go into lockdown due to the COVID-19 virus.
1. Now you have time on your hands there’s no excuse not to research topics of interest you have been fascinated about lately.
2. Spring clean! Throw out all the clothing you haven’t worn in ages and bundle them up ready to donate to your favourite charity.
3. Do some home improvements.
4. Play Fortnite.
5. Instead of texting, call your family and friends via Facetime to get human interaction. Maybe consider doing this at dinner time to have a ‘virtual’ family dinner.
6. Read a book. My novel, Hidden City of Alchemy, is on sale at Barnes and Noble! (Shameless plug!)
7. Treat yourself. Think of something special you can do to spoil yourself each day – soak in a lovely bubble bath, bake and ice a cake (then eat it), give yourself a manicure or a facial.
8. Play Hide-and-Seek, have a dance competition, board and card games can be fun
9. If you are feeling under the weather though consider curling up on the couch and doing some serious Netflix/Stan/Disney Channel binge-watching.
10. Write a journal about your experience and thoughts about the lockdown
As 21st Century humans it can be hard to slow down and when we are forced to do so for an extended period of time it takes a little imagination and a calm countenance to come to terms with the situation.