after the quarantine

If we pay attention, we may value more fully the moment we’re released from our detention, and we may even make some changes in our lives as a result. It will be a relief, above all, when we’re allowed to get back to caring for one another, which is what socially evolved primates do best.

With the Coronavirus, Hell Is No Other People

suggested reads for March 18, 2020

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!