When the first case of coronavirus was detected in Hoi An, almost all of the restaurants closed, as did several other businesses. He was an Englishman. The Vietnamese immediately understood the danger posed by this epidemic. The houses are home to families, with babies and the elderly. The masks and the gel then appeared everywhere. Only Westerners continued to live as if nothing had happened. At this time, a large majority have not grasped the interest in wearing a mask, at least in order to show a little respect for the people who welcome them to their country.
When everything is going very fast I opt for the solutions that offer the least resistance
It was during this period that the Vietnamese began to express their legitimate fear towards these potentially infected tourists. It was time to get out. I found a flight to Athens with the aim of isolating myself on a small Dodecanese island. But the next day I learned that there were cases on one of the islands which would constitute a stage.
A quick analysis of the situation in Europe, figures and strategies, compared to what is done locally, quickly made me opt for the option of staying put.
Vietnam currently has just over 100 cases and no deaths. They systematically screen suspects and quarantine only those who are contaminated or awaiting testing. Coupled with strict border controls and a cooperative population, I would say that I feel safe and that I feel the problem is under control. I am not confined. I go to the beach during the day because I am in a Vietnamese neighborhood and the Vietnamese do not expose themselves to the sun. So I have the beach for myself.
Containment for 15 days
At the beginning of the month, Vietnam further tightened its protocol to curb the epidemic. Until mid-April, outings and rallies are prohibited. Only outings for food or medical shopping are allowed. Restaurants are closed, as are delivery services. Expats are forced to cook or opt for industrial food. Personally, this type of “problem” doesn’t make me hot or cold. I am more worried about the fate of the people who used to live on low wages and now have nothing.
My habits to manage isolation
I guess a few of you will be confined to reading these lines. I have a good experience of containment that I practice regularly for periods. For example, in Chiang Mai I spent 15 days without practically leaving my condo. It is true that these marathons are essentially based on work. But whether you work, play or watch movies, you do pretty much the same thing: you use your brain in front of a screen.
Here are some of my habits for managing these periods of isolation:
- If you have the possibility, expose yourself to the sun. Sunlight is important for morale, as is ambient lighting. 20 minutes is enough to fill up with vitamin D
- Ventilate as much as possible, without oxygen we live less well …
- Sleep when you want. This is what I do during my marathon work sessions. At some point the body demands a nap. If you can be a little flexible in your schedules, just adapt
- Exercise: gym, stretching, Tai-ji Qigong, yoga… A daily routine is good and after two hours sitting, your body will thank you for making it move a little at least a few minutes. Meditation also helps a lot. For some it may seem a little too mystical but there are all kinds of body-mind disciplines, such as simple relaxation for example. Youtube is a mine to discover new disciplines of this type
- Read on. Reading is a much more relaxing and rewarding activity than watching stupidly turnips. Reading also helps to rest the concerns we all know today.
We all have our recipes, those that suit me will not necessarily be suitable for you. I am thinking in particular of my sleep management.
With me it is very correlated to the tasks to be accomplished. I prefer to go to bed very late and exhaust when the work is done than of me wiggling in my bed with my eyes wide open while thinking about work.
A bridge to cross
In a few days we will get bad news. It is a reality, we see the storm coming. Whether you cross it by making a face or doing your best within the limits of your field of action, you will have to pass it anyway. I have always found just this analogy which compares the difficulties to face with a bridge which it is necessary to cross. The resulting image is that you should not cross this bridge twice. One time is enough, when the time comes, before we can only prepare for it but preferably, when possible, in serenity.
Several of my nomadic digital contacts have not reported any loss of customers or activity directly related to the current situation. Some still have specialties that should have made it possible to rebound quickly. I plan on interviewing to present their profiles of digital nomads and their activities. If you are interested in this initiative, don’t hesitate to contact me.