Over the last few weeks, we have watched governments and citizens across the world grapple with our new reality, trying to address the newest strain of the coronavirus. Although this particular type of virus has existed since the sixties, this new strain has reached the level of a pandemic. Other strains such as SARS and MERS were both considered epidemics, and were never escalated to the level of COVID-19. It’s important to understand what all of these different terms mean, so that we can react proportionally to the situation, and understand why certain measures are being taken. An epidemic is a fast spreading of a disease within one geographical area; this could be in one country, or one city, but there are certain confines to how far reaching the spreading is. A pandemic, however, is the rapid and sudden spread of a disease in multiple different places, including across continents.
This is an ever evolving situation, and everyday we wake up to brand new headlines detailing the latest impacts of COVID-19. We’ve watched the spread across Italy move a startling rate. The United States went from a manageable 354 cases to well over 7000 (at the time of publication) in the space of ten days. It can be frightening and overwhelming to figure out how to navigate this new reality, especially as many people reacted by buying out every single toilet roll off the shelves, which is an interesting choice to say the least.
It is easy to get wrapped up in the bad news and the absolute panic that has taken hold of our world. However, it is important to take a moment to look at the silver linings of these turbulent times. We have seen the air quality immensely improve in China’s biggest cities, and possibly in one of the most beautiful photo threads circulating on social media we have watched Venice return to its former glory. The water cleared up, the fish are swimming through the channels, and the swans have come home.
Nerdy Solutions to COVID-19
We have all seen the recommendations by the World Health Organization (WHO) for how individuals should go about addressing this pandemic. Their list includes frequent hand washing, for at least 20 seconds, and the time goes by faster if you sing Happy Birthday twice or the four Jolene’s in Dolly Parton’s beloved song Jolene. Don’t touch your face, in particular nose, mouth and eyes. WHO has also highly recommended social distancing, which means that all unnecessary outings should be avoided. If you can work from home then do so. If you have to go to the store, for instance, maintain a distance of six feet or more between you and those around you. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, reach out to your country’s hotline to best understand your next steps.
There are of course gadgets that can help you maintain and improve hygiene during these turbulent times. Our phones, for instance, reportedly have more germs on them than a toilet seat. Investing in the Cell Phone Cleaner, would be useful now, as the virus can stably exist on surfaces for several hours and even after the threat of COVID-19 passes, this gadget would be a wonderful staple in your collection. The Self Cleaning Water Bottle may also be a good choice. Staying hydrated is a very effective way to combat infection, as this particular virus has an easier time existing in drier environments. Keeping yourself hydrated, and knowing your source of water is absolutely clean is crucial. Using a humidifier such as the Evaporative Air Cooler and Humidifier also increases the moisture in the air around you, which aids in keeping the virus at bay.
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Please show kindness and empathy to one another, and take responsibility for yourself and those around you. It’s NERD is also here to support new and returning customers during these difficult times.