this is Albert here, and i want to talk about the current situation us Americans are dealing with. the coronavirus pandemic. and not just us, it's been spreading all around the world. it started around late 2019 in china. then later it spread all other continents like Italy, Canada, and so on. over here in America, it has hit us hard,
many events were canceled. many people were affected by this virus. people had mild to severe symptoms and so far in the US, around 400-500 people have died. this virus is airborne and we been practicing social distancing, and staying in our homes to prevent ourselves from this. in fact, tolite papers and hand sanitizers were sold out everywhere. people were finding ways to be creative at home while this is going on. going to social media and talking to family and friends at Skype.
as for myself, i've been planning schedules for this week. and i've devolved an new interest in painting. I've done two canvas and when i get back to work i'll show my painting to my fellow co-workers. it's been a struggle for me. but i have been thought worse weather before. i'm doing what i can to help our country. i'm taking my temperature to make sure i don't feel sick. i'm doing well. but for many thousands of people, it's been tough. and hard not seeing their loved ones. but trust me. we will get thought this together. then before you know it everything will be back to normal.
have you or a loved one ever dealt with a national crisis like this one right now, and how are you coping with this?
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You sound like a very positive person, Albert
When the pandemic spread to Japan last year, I lost nearly all of my students (I teach ESL for a living) due to the lockdowns + the overall cautious nature of this culture, which was reflected in almost all of my students discontinuing their lessons "until further notice," and have had very little work since then. It's been hard for me, as aside from having to subsist off of my savings, I love to teach English as a Second Language, most of my socializing came out of my interactions with my students, and not being able to teach as much as I would like, tends to get depressing for me.
One thing that helped me, however, was getting into a gaming community. For me, it was a hidden object game that held weekly guild competitions: joining a guild, working with them every week in the competitions, and getting to know them in our guild chat through the rest of the year, kept me busy, socializing, and diverted from my own problems, as of course tends to happen when friends vent to each other
With my OCD, I really can't handle social media, but I have enjoyed finding audiobooks to listen to on YT as I play my guild games, clean, cook or mend, and this year also began going on almost daily walks with my dad, whom I live with in the countryside. Honestly, if I could just get my "regular" income back through online ESL students, this pandemic situation would be easier for me than life was before COVID-19: no having to navigate crowds, except for my once-a-week commute to give an in-person lesson, no getting roped into that confusing, anxiety-inflicting sensory-overload inducing atmosphere that is group-socializing. I begin to wonder if we on the spectrum might actually be better-equipped to deal with social distance and physical isolation than the average NT
Kerena: Do you think the Olympic Games in Japan should go ahead or should they be cancelled or postponed again? Do you think the precautions such as no foreign spectators are enough?
David Shamash London England.
I thought from the very first, that hosting a summer Olympics in Japan was a terrible idea: you have to have experienced summer in Japan to understand, but the brutal heat and suffocating humidity make it hard just to move, and they expect athletes not to suffer heatstroke in all-out competition?? Japan would be an excellent host for winter Olympics, and has been, several times throughout the decades, but summer? NO. It's even worse now than it was 5~10 years ago, and it was already unbearable then♀️
What I meant: Should the Olympics be delayed or canceled because of this Coronavirus Pandemic? The Vaccination is working well in the UK so we hope by the end of June to remove all Coronavirus regulations but I expect there will still be travel restrictions from abroad.
I know what you meant, David, and if I didn’t think it was a ridiculous idea to have Japan host a summer Olympics at all, I’m not certain I would have an opinion on whether or not it should be delayed or cancelled due to COVID-19♀️
If it were a Winter Olympics in question, on the same time frame in relation to the vaccinations being carried out now, I’d want to defer to the researchers studying this disease, as to whether or not it would be better to postpone or cancel the Olympics. As it is, though, I think the Olympic committee would do better to swap Japan for another country with a more temperate summer, and give Japan the hosting responsibility for a Winter Olympics instead - far more sensible, IMO.
Kerena: I think the main reason they should not do the Olympics is because of the danger of the virus spreading. Hot summers is another reason but it has been suggested to do it early in the morning perhaps by changing the clocks so it will not be so hot. Changing the clocks to make 7 am 10 am would probably confuse people. Has it not been suggested to put the clocks forward so the Olympics could be done early in the morning? I think until the virus is sorted out we should not do the Olympics anywhere in the world. As Japan is a hot Country even when the Pandemic is over they should only do it in winter.
Couldn’t agree more with your final statement, David BTW, please feel free to call me Kay or even K. It’s much shorter and reasonable to spell/type out than Kerenina, so most all of my online friends use Kay
Changing the clocks would be something, LOL! Realistically, if they wanted to beat the heat here in the middle of summer though, they’d have to start the games @5:30am and END by 10am But it would definitely be safer to hold off on resuming the Olympics anywhere in the world until this pandemic is well and truly over