Self-Isolation as Writer’s Retreat

Camp Corona Day 1

I normally work from home and don’t leave the apartment more than twice a week. So what makes the Camp Corona “Self-Isolation as Writer’s Retreat” shtick different my regular everyday life? We’re currently provisioned well enough that I could skip going out at all for 3, possibly 4 weeks. That’s less interruptive. I can just write all day.

That makes a difference, because even short trips take spoons. I live on the second floor (third floor for Americans). That means two flights of stairs to walk up and down. We walk about a kilometer (a little over half a mile) to the grocery store. It’s not a lot, it’s good exercise, and I’m not complaining, but it can take a lot out of me. I can put all of my time and energy into writing and basic household chores. I’m a lot more productive.

Self-Isolation as Writer’s Retreat

Sadly I can’t remember who said recently that we should all be journaling this. We’re clearly living through an unprecedented moment in history. I sort of blew the idea off when I read it, but it stuck in my head. Getting all of this down can’t hurt. Good and bad, hopeful and terrifying. As a writer, I can use some of these anecdotes. As a human being, it can be good to look back and remember what you’ve been through. Keeping detailed notes is never pointless.

Myths and Misinformation

My targeted use of social media and the internet is keeping my anxiety down to manageable levels. People believe so much garbage. They don’t take a minute to verify even the most outlandish claims.

On the other hand, having read the daily situation reports coming out, I understand why people want simple, reassuring answers. That stuff is dry, it’s academic, and it’s not easily accessible to the average person. It’s easier and far more comforting, to cling to Geraldo Rivera‘s claim on Fox & Friends that if you can hold your breath for 10 seconds, you’re not infected.  Hearing that there might not be a vaccine for several months is scary; having televangelist Jim Bakker tell you that the snake oil he’s selling can cure coronavirus is a ray of hope. I don’t even want to begin to delve into the pathology of why people believe anything Alex Jones says, but anti-coronavirus toothpaste sounds appealing against the prospect of being quarantined for several weeks.

The  Latest Information

  • 319 confirmed cases in Finland.
  • 15 here in Central Finland.
  • 0 confirmed deaths.

Get ready for social distancing to become the new normal for a couple of years. From the Imperial College report (link further down), which was also quoted in yesterday’s John Hopkins daily situation report:

“The major challenge of suppression is that this type of intensive intervention package – or something equivalently effective at reducing transmission – will need to be maintained until a vaccine becomes available (potentially 18 months or more) – given that we predict that transmission will quickly rebound if interventions are relaxed. We show that intermittent social distancing – triggered by trends in disease surveillance – may allow interventions to be relaxed temporarily in relative short time windows, but measures will need to be reintroduced if or when case numbers rebound.”

Please be sure you’re getting information from reliable sources.

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