After my first night in my quarantine hotel, the sun still came out. Looking out my window there doesn’t appear to be much change in traffic as there are still numerous cars streaming to and from work. As the day goes on though this thing appears to be getting even bigger nationally.
We Must Take This Serious
Today was a much more productive day with regards to work. After breakfast I was able to settle in and get in a groove to get some things done. By now many of my coworkers have heard of our instruction to not come into the facility for two weeks and several reach out to touch base. Other’s make the transition seamless as we have already been using some technology to collaborate that makes remote working more functional (Thank you Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, etc.).
Still even with my increased productivity its hard to ignore the news around the region and world. Many colleges and schools around the region are starting to cancel classes and “extending” spring break. Major sporting events, including the NCAA Basketball tournaments, are being cancelled all together. Mayors and governors across the country are promoting the social distancing practices we’ve been told about and recommending that there not be large gatherings of people.
How Is This Helping?
From my hotel room it’s a little hard to fathom whats going on in the outside world (there appears to be supply hoarding and panic buying of many products). But like anything I’m curious about I start spending some time researching the theory behind all of these actions.
It appears that most sources agree that this virus is about twice as contagious as seasonal flu. The contagion rating (the system they use to determine how many people a single person can infect) for COVID-19 seems to range between 2 and 3. This means that a person who has the virus will likely infect 2 or 3 other people. While it might not sound like a lot, you combine simple math (1 person infects 3 people, those 3 people infect 9 people, those 9 infect 27, etc.) with the fact that many people don’t show symptoms, or don’t have severe symptoms, and this is what is driving the global concern.
The goal with these measures is to “flatten the curve” and spread out the number of simultaneous cases by slowing the spread of the virus by limiting contact between people. The real concern here is that if our healthcare system gets over whelmed, patients who might need hospital level care to make their recovery might not be able to be treated effectively. This apparently won’t limit the number of people who will eventually get the virus, but it will control the flow of people who get it, much like a dam helps with river flooding.
Quarantine so far has been mostly uneventful. To make sure I stay as productive and positive as one can be in isolation, I’m going to try and stick to my normal routine as much as possible. This includes waking up early, showering, getting dressed, and moving through my responsibilities at work.
I am still missing my family though. We however are blessed with a plethora of technology that will at least let us keep in good contact. Face Time is a marvelous tool to allow you to see and interact with your loved ones if you can’t physically be there. A good thing that we’ve found is to find games that you can either play together on your phones (my wife and I love playing Backgammon) or even games that you can play over Face Time. I played several rounds of Guess who with my kids tonight all over Face Time! Being alone, and intentionally being alone, can be very trying, but seeing and interacting with your loved ones makes it easier and provides a light at the end of the tunnel.
Goal Check – Day 2
- Get 8 Hours of Sleep- Check
- Eat Healthy- Check, Scrambled Eggs, Toat and fruit for breakfast, sandwich for lunch, home made tacos for dinner.
- Exercise Everyday – Check, Day 2 of 2. Shaun T believes in you!
- Still be productive- Check, made good progress on work items today
- Virtually date my wife (and talk to the kids)- Check. Backgammon and Guess Who via Face time!
- Launch the blog – Check, third post, have ideas for more financial related topics that I’ll cover later
- Read more – Fail, Didn’t really read much today outside of news and work
- Minimize TV/Internet/Video Games – Check, watched the forth episode of Chernobyl and finished the 30 for 30 about “Catholics vs Convicts” during lunch.
- Relax- Check
Has your routine been affected yet? If not do you expect it to? Looking for more ideas on things I can do with the wife and kids on Face Time (Games, etc.). Drop me some tips in the comments below!