The end of days is here thanks to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic– or as per R.E.M, the end of the world as we know it, anyways. And strangely, I do feel fine. Social distancing may be new and foreign to most, but as a gnostic (spiritual) scientist, my research has involved years upon years, really decades of self-isolation and healing. So all of this is really “normal” for me. As a new reality sets in, and more and more people around the world do their part and shelter in place to flatten the Coronavirus (COVID-19) curve to protect global healthcare systems, surprisingly new climate change science data and other scientific data and points of view have begun to emerge.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – China’s Air Pollution & Quality
In China, where people have been sheltering in place for weeks upon weeks now, air pollution across the nation has greatly reduced and air quality has significantly improved. In just a few weeks. The same is true for the United States. As well as for many other countries (South Korea, etc.) that have had to resort to drastic lockdown, shelter-in-place measures.
Italy has been the hardest-hit country too date, with preliminary data showing that the death rate is presently at a staggering 9.5% (63927 cases, 6077 deaths), overwhelming the healthcare system most probably in a catastrophic way. At the same time as the country went under strict lockdown, shelter-in-place, and social distancing orders, the canals in Venice have become more clear as boat traffic has reduced allowing for more fish, ducks, and the like to return to the waterways.
In Spain, another country hit hard by the coronavirus (COVID-19), air quality is improving as well. Again, in just a few weeks. How quickly could the whole world see such improvements?
More Lockdowns on the Way – Coronavirus (COVID-19)
With India now in total lockdown, meaning more than a billion people under orders to shelter-in-place and social distance, and America well on its way to full lockdown along with many other countries, the coming weeks will be very interesting in terms of further climate change data. Call this the “will of the gods” or “consequences of humanity’s evil-doing” or what have you, this is without a doubt a test of humanity’s ability to unite together through necessary resolve and overcome a common enemy. Prevention is paramount.
Yes, I am talking about the coronavirus, but more to the point, I really mean our most common enemy is ourselves. Humans are a major cause of climate change. COVID-19 is merely helping us humans see things accurately and clearly, honestly.
Contrary to early reports and disinformation on social media and the like, Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its’ symptoms do not discriminate when it comes to age. Yes, the elderly and those with weakened or compromised immune systems are more susceptible. But, as more and more data and information rolls in, more and more cases of young people of all ages — including the very young/infants, teens, and 20’s — are experiencing serious symptoms and some have even died. So much remains uncertain, but like most anything in life, genetics, diet, exercise, and lifestyle will all play their role.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention and Social Distancing
Social distancing is the new norm, for now, to help prevent coronavirus (COVID-19). How long will that be true? Well, that, like the very inspiring initial climate change data that has recently come in, depends on you. Each and every human being on the planet.
If you are a healthcare worker — doctor, nurse, medical aide, tech, or personnel of any kind — especially those on the frontlines, godspeed and may the force be with you. You are true superheroes. The amount of gratitude and respect I have for you cannot be measured in words alone.
The same goes for all critical workers including police & law enforcement, firefighters, grocery store (Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, Albertsons, Kroger, Harris Teeter, etc.) workers, other retail (Costco, Target, Walmart, Best Buy, etc.) workers, Shipping (USPS, Fedex, UPS, etc.) and online (Amazon, etc.) store workers, maintenance workers, and the like. Thank you.
If you have N95 Masks or other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) medical supplies you can donate, please do. Price gougers and criminals taking advantage of the situation in any way, may your feet be held to the full fire of the law and may karma be yours as you truly deserve it. This must be a unified human effort.
For the rest of us, the best way we can help out is to stay home and self-isolate to stop the spread of this highly contagious disease, Coronavirus (COVID-19):
- Wear a proper face mask (fully cover nose and mouth) in public places, especially indoors, but outdoors if in groups of more than 4.
- Take social distancing rules very seriously when you do go out for necessities and recommended exercise, meaning remain six (6) feet away from each other.
- Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly.
- Support your local businesses as safely and as best you can, especially restaurants and local retailers that are getting crushed by the profound economic losses they are experiencing from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
- Stay healthy, keep active and exercise, eat a balanced, nutritious diet, boost your immunity/immune system, gut bacteria, and metabolism, and maintain your safety and sanity.
What Does the Future Hold for Humanity – Coronavirus (COVID-19) & Climate Change
We have seen a glimpse of what we humans can do to help ourselves overcome the dire threat of climate change. Is the data and are the changes we are seeing destined to be temporary and fleeting, with life back to “normal”/as it was once this coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak passes? Can we learn from things quickly enough and change and evolve successfully? Does this include better global environmental policies along with appropriate consumption and population reduction to more sustainable levels? Or is this current pandemic just a taste of the doom that awaits humanity’s future?
The Over Privileged White Guy book by Walter Hego, including both the Free Version and the Advanced/Mobile Version, is a solid way to pass time and learn more about all of this if you are looking for things to do during the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown. Learn about the importance of health, balance, body type, vertebrae, muscle mass, posture, skinny fat, soul, soul energy (star power & IT factor), etc. while you shelter-in-place and practice social distancing. Check out the OPWG Podcast and OPWG Readers Questions, The Four Body Types Research Participants conversion, as well as Best Daily Life Advice segment and join the conversation (see comment section on each individual post).