202 days in the new era

This is my MacBook’s notification of missing Time Machine’s back-up in my office NAS.

Two hundred and two days of ‘smart’ work from home, with me living in a way that I could never imagine prior to March 5th, 2020.

I’m living my family, my home, my incomes in new way. And I cannot imagine when and how it’ll be when (if) we get back to our ‘old life’. When the lockdown measures were at their maximum I begun to feel like living in a social experiment. Can a State hold in their house all its citizens? They did, with Fear.

Now the Fear is still here, we’ve become a little more accustomed to it, but it’s real. The experiment is now outside our homes, in our entire society. I do fear the aftermaths of the dropping of gross domestic product in our life, and how the States will behave waiting for a vaccine to COVID-19. If as a society we will begin to redesign our places …

You are not helpless.

You are not helpless. There are other things you can do to empower yourself. First and foremost, the public health measures being recommended to us — including hand washing, social distancing and avoiding large gatherings, really are the best means of protecting yourself from exposure.

Prevention is and will remain the best medicine.

However, many will still get infected despite adhering to these practices.What else can you do to improve your odds of beating Covid-19 should you become infected?

One key step: Maximize your health now, before you get sick.

Studies have shown that those most at-risk are over 60 and/or have preexisting health problems like diabetes, obesity, cardiac disease, lung disease or generalized deconditioning.If you have these (or other) medical problems, you can choose to be proactive and start addressing them with your fullest effort, starting today. You know that blood pressure medicine you never take because you hate taking pills and it makes you feel old? Start today. If you rarely, if ever, check your blood sugars and have allowed your diabetes to get out of control because the finger sticks and insulin shots are annoying — get your sugars under control starting today. Got asthma or lung disease? Begin consistently using your prescribed inhalers.

And, for goodness’ sake, stop smoking and vaping immediately. Commit to losing 10 pounds this month and force yourself to walk at least a mile every single day, starting today. Get your flu vaccine right now.Even people without diagnosed medical problems should maximize their health. Exercise, weight loss, a healthy diet and good sleep are certainly beneficial to your body.

Be empowered. By doing these simple things that your doctors have recommended to you for years, you have the power to improve your resilience. How much? It depends. But in the face of this virus, even a very small amount of improvement in your overall health could be the difference between mild or more severe symptoms, and for some, it could mean the difference between life and death.

You are not helpless. Do everything you can not to get the virus. But make sure that if you do, you are already at your strongest.

James P. Phillips, MD

Italy at the time of quarantine

Just a quick note to my friends out there saying that me and my family are fine. It’s really, really, really strange to live in an over imposed home quarantine [*] but life goes on.

[*] We’re not like in China, we can go outside our homes for food or for a short walk with our dog or go to work with our cars, but everything else is just not allowed, with some activities can also be fined. But in a time like this, you should be an idiot indulging in them.

Anyway… if you want to ask me something about this period, just ask!

history will teach us nothing

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Reading the opening of issue #72 on the Dense Discovery newsletter, I’ve found this – obviously old – quote by Martin Luther King jr. Given he was murdered in 1968 this quote is almost fifty yeas old and still way too relevant today.

Isn’t is somewhat sad ?