I’m very prepared for what’s going on now with the coronavirus. Almost seven years ago I got a double lung transplant and every day since I’ve had to be vigilant with my health. I’ve had to wash my hands a lot, and stay away from anyone who is sick, and do my best to not touch my face. I’m definitely nervous about what’s happening now. But to calm myself and stay healthy, I’m basically continuing with my health protocol. And I’m drastically reducing my time spent out and about in the city.
From my experience, the most important thing you can do now is to take care of yourself. Not only the things I mentioned above, like washing your hands a lot, and staying away from crowds. But also your mental health. It’s scary to watch too much news. The news has a job right now of alerting people. But hearing and watching too many alerts can induce panic and that can wear you out and make you unhealthy. It’s basically clutter.
Also, it helps to try and not fantasize about what could happen. When I was really sick before the transplant, I did my best to stay with what was happening in the moment. Even though I was very uncomfortable. Now and then I’d worry about if I would live to get the transplant, or if I would survive the operation. But that would make me freak out. And on top of being really sick, it was too much. So I’d come back to the current moment. That’s why it’s good to not watch too much news, because that can fuel your imagination.
Things are definitely different now. We don’t know for sure what’s going to happen. So it helps if we take a deep breath and say, “This is what is. What do I need to do right now?” Maybe you need a nap, or you’re dehydrated and need a glass of water, or perhaps call a friend, or go for a walk. See what you need.