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Defense Mode Self-Quarantine




The coronavirus outbreak is driving me crazy right now. I can't go to the therapy center and have to stay home instead, my 19-year-old sister Mikayla is coming home from Loyola Chicago, and my 16-year-old Katrina doesn't have school, which means schools and colleges are closed in favor of online classes. According to state governors, this quarantine is not a snow day. But my parents have to work to take care of me and my family in this household while trying to be super precautious with their hygiene and health as they both work as doctors. Even when people self-quarantine themselves for this outbreak, someone has to be the breadwinner to take care of the family.

Even though I'm not going to the therapy center while the outbreak is still going until a vaccine has developed, I'm not using fear as an excuse to isolate myself from it; I'm doing what's right for my health. They say that your health is your wealth. While I'm at home, I should practice being more flexible in myself by transitioning between other activities just like I do at the therapy center besides creative writing, such as exercising, reading, working on this blog, and watching TV. There's always some holes to fill in your schedule if you don't have anything to do.

With an outbreak like the coronavirus happening today, sometimes I wish my hometown was protected by a huge dome like that Stephen King book Under the Dome or go to Mars by SpaceX for my own safety. But I have to get real as in the real world as there can be drawbacks to these types of fantasy ideas such as scarcity of products and not enough oxygen to breath during this outbreak. Being realistic as in self-quarantining yourself at home teaches you to not lose hope without entering panic mode or defense mode because everything is gonna be okay when the government finds a vaccine to end the coronavirus.

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