First and foremost, I hope everyone is safe and healthy, practicing social distancing and washing hands often. I’m lucky enough to be able to work from home during this time, but others are not so lucky. A huge thanks to those who are on the front lines helping to support all of us. Please do what you can to support small businesses and donate to our essential workers that are putting their lives on the line to keep the world moving. We are all in this together. Always keep up and follow CDC/WHO guidelines which are evolving everyday. I will also share what I have been doing to keep myself and others safe during this challenging time.
1. Wear a Mask Outside
Respect frontline workers and others around you by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. This will not protect you from getting the virus, but it will protect others if you are asymptomatic don’t know that you have it. If possible, use a fabric mask that you can wash and reuse, which will free up disposable masks for healthcare workers that need it the most. You do not need N95 masks!
2. Wash Hands Often
Anytime you leave the house, wash your hands when you get back. If you need to touch your face, wash your hands first. If you are going to have a meal, wash your hands first. Receiving deliveries from outside, dispose of the packaging and wash your hands after. Get the picture? The more often you wash your hands, the better off you will be. Although there’s no harm in wearing gloves, that should really be reserved for frontline works for preventing cross-contamination. Wearing gloves is wasteful and just gives you a false sense of security when washing your hands is the best preventative measure you can take.
3. Speedy Supermarket Runs
Have a list in mind when you go to the market to limit your time there and to reduce exposure to others. Pre-COVID I would browse and see what’s on sale but now I keep that to a minimum and try to get in and out as quickly as possible. Curbside pickup or delivery are the best options if they are available. Experts say the virus can live up to 3 days on plastic and stainless steel. That’s probably the extreme upper bound, so any produce that I eat immediately after a trip to the market I’ll wash with a vinegar solution (1 part vinegar to 4 parts water) or a HOCL spray that’s completely safe. After 2-3 days, you should be fairly safe overall.
4. Get Some Vitamin D
Not being able to go to a gym, it’s a struggle for those working from home to exercise without the proper equipment. Luckily, there are a lot of body weight exercises you can do with very simple movements that don’t require any special equipment. You can do this in your front yard, back yard or indoors, it’s up to you. If you have access to Instagram, Donsaldino offers free tutorials everyday on different body weight exercises you can do. I also find having that mind-muscle connection can make even the simplest movements challenging and doing 6-8 exercises back-to-back with 10-12 reps each is a decent cardio workout at the same time. For free Yoga Classes daily, you can also add CorePowerYogaWV on Instagram. Don’t be afraid to go for a run outdoors, just keep up the social distancing while you’re outside and avoid touching anything with your hands when possible.
Furthering Education During COVID-19
With the timing of COVID-19, it was serendipitous that I just recently got accepted into an EMBA program at Quantic. The program was built from the ground up to be Online first, which absolutely makes sense now with stay at home orders in place. The extra time that I save from commuting can be repartitioned towards this program that is completely online, accredited and affordable. I have been told that the biggest benefit to MBA programs are the connections and cohorts you meet along the way. I am grateful to be accepted (with a partial scholarship too!) and I look forward to the Quantic experience. I will update everyone on my progress as I get farther in. My dream would be to do a full program in the Bay area to gain experience in the tech sector but this is a good start.
Stay Home and Stay Safe!