For the first time, all of us all around the world, we are talking about one thing, we are thinking about one thing, and more than half of the world is living the same life: quarantined.
The following list of A-Z could be somewhat reliable life sketch for too many of us, whether we will admit or not.
A: At home is where you are, always
"If I am not at home, I'm on my way home so I can stay there."
Balcony is not optional, it is a necessity.
A: You have a balcony: That's not only where you read, write, look at the view, that's your gym, that's your stage, that's your safe connection to the world.
B: You do not have a balcony: Sell your home no matter how big it is, how beautiful the fireplace is, and get a balcony.
C: Cooking the salvation
Pizza, pasta, cakes, anything will do. Flour, sugar, eggs are now your new friends.
D: Doctor is your new hero
More than ever do you realize how important a doctor is and how heroic he/she can be.
E: Eight O'clock ritual
It's time of applause, time of appreciation, time of gratitude, time of free concert, time of solemn solidarity.
F: Fear of the coronavirus
Fear of getting it, fear for your family and your friends of getting it; Fearful that the man 1 meter behind you on the supermarket checkout line who just coughed... might give it to you......
G: Grocery shopping is a game and an adventure
When grocery shopping becomes one of your most legitimate motive to go out, it becomes forbidden fruit, it becomes fun, it becomes a game between you and the vigilant police who can appear anytime any place: how many trips can you make a day, what is the minimum you need to carry for each trip, how many meters away from your home...
But at the same time, it also becomes an adventure, a potential encounter with an invisible enemy which can appear anytime any place.
It takes much longer to prepare the trip than the trip itself: the mask or scarf; the gloves for riding or for golf or for surgery; the sun glasses the goggles, or hemlet; or better yet, just dress like an astronaut!
H: Health before anything else
Overnight, it becomes your No. 1 PRIORITY.
I: Insecurity, about everything
Will you lose someone you love or care, your job, your home before it all ends?
When will your life returns to normal? Or Will it return to normal at all?
Will you dare to go to the restaurant, go to gym, go to your favorite flourist even after you are allowed to do?
Will you be really safe on the train, on the airplane even after you are allowed to travel again, and in a hotel room?
Is where you are living safe enough to live after lockdown?
Will those recovered people be able to transmit the virus again?
And, what if the second waves of outbreak really comes......
J: Jokes, the more the better
K: Keep busy
Make mask or make love;
Walk your dog or do a downward dog;
Read the latest research on possible vaccine or read an erotic novel;
Move, move your legs. your brain, move any part of your body;
Make tea or make disfectant gel;
Entertain your neighbour or spy on them...
Just keep busy
Everyone knows what it is, and almost everyone is in it, one way or another.
M: Mask. what else?
You buy it, you make it, you watch how people make it, you are fascinated by it and read everything about it, From United States to UK, from France to Finland, from South Corea to South Africa......
You wear it your version your way and you look at everyone who does not cover his and/or her face/mouth/nose in someway as a potential carrier.
N: Number obssession
Numbers, numbers, numbers, they are everywhere: The headlines of newspapers, the websites, the blogs, the videos...everywhere.
Numbers of confirmed cases, numbers of active cases, numbers of death, numbers of recovered, numbers of test;
Numbers around the world, numbers in all the countries most affected, United States, Spain, Italy, France, Germarny, UK....
And more importantly, numbers in your own city:
Numbers of confirmed cases and active cases to calculate your own risk of getting infected while getting out, number of cases in intensive care in your local hospital to calculate your possibility to be taken care of in the worst scenario.
You as well as the whole world, all become obssessed with numbers, not mentioning the numbers of jobs lost, amount of money lost or injected by government....
Suddenly, the world becomes small, time becomes abundant, and it's becoming so easy to just doze off.
P: Pet is the new pass to paradise
Pet is the new pass to paradise which is called"outside", even if it's just for a few minutes, even if it's just a few meters.
A: You have a pet: you should treat it as a prince or a princess;
B: You do not yet have a pet: it should be the first item on your post-lockdown bucket list, a dog, a cat, a rabbit, a pig, anything you can take out for a walk or grocery shopping to get prepared for next lockdown.
Q: Questions, Questions. and more questions
How did it transmit exactly?
How did it travel from China to my country in such a short time?
Why does it kill more men than women?
Is it really true that nobody can give it to you by touching a box of icecream you are buying?
R: Room of your own
It does not matter if it is a tiny apartment, a hotel room, a cabin in the mountain, it has to be your own, not sharing with anyone, not even someone you love most in the world.
A: You have a room of your own, with your own balcony, count yourself blessed and lock the virus and voleurs(thieves) out of your lockdown room.
B: You do not have a room of your own: Move your future pet to No.2 on your post-lockdown bucket list, and start searching on your local listings, or put out your own annoncement: Searching for a room with balcony, with bathroom, with view, with room for mini marathon and paw dance.
S: Social distancing the new mantra
Social distance is your new mantra although 99.99% of your time you are a-social.
T: Toilet paper stockpile mystery
Is it because fear helps grow your buttom or because bathroom traveling can add some mileadge of your daily excercise regime?
Sherlock Holmes might find it worth his time.
U: United...while isolated
Showing solidarity through social distancing;
Feeling united while being isolated.
This is the new world we are living in.
V: Virus, of course
Never has one single word been in the collective consciousness of almost everyone (other than babies and monks perhaps) on the planet so unanimously.
W: Wet market
Yes, that's Where everything started, and to think that it's a Wet market in Wuhan Where Wild animals are being sold freely....... it is quite chilling.
Sadly it's happening, in some places even quite violently, particularly against Asian people. And Donald Trump is definately the cheerleader of one such Xenophobia camp. The proof: He has named coronavirus "chinese virus".
That's the by-product of oversleeping, and the proof that you need to go out to make some Vitamin D.
Zoonosis: Pertaining to a zoonosis: a disease that can be transmitted from animals to people or, more specifically, a disease that normally exists in animals but that can infect humans. There are multitudes of zoonotic diseases.(Medicinenet)
Yes, that's what a pademic can do to someone like you who has zero knowledge and interest of biology.....Welcome to the life of quarantine.