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The Ultimate Guide During the COVID-19 Crisis
How to protect yourself and help others during this pandemic, with comics included!
Let's be honest: this corona has impacted everyone on this little planet, and many of us still don't know what to do. Even worse, some aren't treating this pandemic seriously. We decided to create this fun and easy-to-read guide to spread awareness about survival basics and the importance of assisting others during this difficult time.
In this article, you'll find:

  1. Basics that we must follow in order to flatten the curve
  2. The importance of social distancing
  3. Things to keep you occupied while at home
  4. What to do if you lose your job during the pandemics
  5. How to aid and support others if you still have a job
Important Basics That We Must Follow in Order to Flatten the Curve
If in doubt, wash your hands! The World Health Organization (WHO) has approved a full list of important recommendations to follow in order to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. We've compiled a quick checklist of Dos and Don'ts:
Dos:
Wash your hands frequently
Soap kills viruses that may be on your hands. Don't forget to moisturize your skin after.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
Your hands touch many surfaces throughout the day, and can pick up viruses in the process. The fastest way for these viruses to enter your body is through mucous membranes.
Maintain a six-foot distance from others
Standing close to someone who coughs, sneezes, or is sick without symptoms may cause you to breathe in the virus. It's best not to risk it.
Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze
Dispose of the used tissue immediately. This will help protect people around you from viruses, as they spread small liquid droplets from your nose and mouth.
Wear a face mask in public
Yes, you need to do this in order to prevent the pandemic from worsening. It's likely a face mask won't protect you from COVID-19, but it'll work for others in case you're already infected and don't show any symptoms.
Don'ts
Don't leave home, even if you're feeling well (unless it's necessary)
Many people don't have any COVID-19 symptoms for weeks.
Don't leave home if you have even mild symptoms
These symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Some people may experience different symptoms, including a runny nose, or even diarrhea. Stay home and check yourself.
Avoid in-person meetings
It's 2020; run meetings online, if possible. Cancel non-essential ones if they must be offline.
Don't visit crowded places
It can be difficult to maintain a distance of at least six feet on public transportation, in small grocery stores, or even at parks. Try using delivery services; gig workers also need our help! Please, stay home.
Don't spread panic
Gather information from reliable sources and follow precautionary measures. And no, lemons and ginger don't kill COVID-19.
Don't hoard groceries, especially toilet paper
It's not the end of the civilization. Always remember, there are people who will come after you to purchase food, and they most likely won't be able to get it if others have already claimed the supply. Plus, when it comes to toilet paper… water cleans it even better!
Ultimately, try to stay positive and healthy, take care of yourself and each other, contact a doctor immediately if you feel any COVID-19 symptoms, and #stayhome.
A Little Bit More About Social Distancing
Why it's the key to fighting COVID-19 and any other future pandemic.
Social distancing is the most powerful way to stop the spread of COVID-19. Still, not many people practice it. Of course, if you're already sick, you're absolutely forbidden from leaving the house. But what if you feel healthy, or are bored of isolation? Can you go for a little walk in the park? The short answer is no, and here's why.
Even asymptomatic people may transmit COVID-19
COVID-19 is spreading too rapidly thanks to people who are unaware that they're infected and keep living their normal lives. Its incubation period varies greatly among patients and can last as long as 27 days in some cases. Studies estimate that around 25% of COVID-19 cases have been spread by people with no symptoms at all. It is likely that during crowded social gatherings, the virus transmits more rapidly, even by people who look and feel healthy. Experts agree that the virus outbreak can't be completely stopped at the moment, but it can be significantly slowed through social distancing.
Slowing the infection rate helps lower the pressure on the health care system
COVID-19 often requires hospitalization. Thus, the rapid spread of this illness may be too overwhelming and collapse the health care system. We're already seeing signs of this occurring.

If the rate at which populations become sick is too high, it will require more hospitalizations than medical centers can handle. There won't be enough beds, medical equipment, and medical personnel to keep people alive and help them recover. Doctors fight for us every day. Social distancing and social isolation is a way to pay them back for their efforts and protect them as they protect us.
The more socially responsible we are, the faster the world will get back to normal
Any crisis ends one day. The COVID-19 pandemic will undoubtedly come to an end as well. However, the question is when. And this question, though it is hard to answer at the moment, depends on all of us. The sooner we begin self-isolation and start to implement preventive measures, the faster the situation will stabilize. Thereafter, we'll have all of our favorite places opening and welcoming us back. China is a great example of this. It's challenging, of course, to remain self-isolated, but it's much better to do it now for just a couple of months than to live in fear for a much longer period of time.
The decision to stay home and maintain social distancing is made not only for yourself, but also for your fellow community members, medical workers, and the broader health care system. Avoid social gatherings and stay home to spread health, not the virus.
Things to Do While You're Staying Home
Stay the f*ck home and enjoy it.
Yes, now we have way fewer social interactions due to the pandemic, but the only way for us to get back to our regular lives is by staying home. Below, please find a shortlist of things you can do while staying at home (besides working, of course), so you won't feel bored.
Start a new hobby
This can be a blog that you've been wanting to start for years, or anything else. Cooking? Use your imagination.
Exercise
You don't need any special equipment to start bodyweight training or yoga. Regular towels and some heavy buckets will work great!
It's time for spring cleaning
Clean up kitchen cabinets, throw away expired food, wash your fridge, and organize closets. Make your home neat and dust-free.
Start a side hustle
You have more free hours since you don't have to commute. Many great things were created during tough times, including AirBnB and more. Maybe it's your turn?
Experiment with cooking
Find a great recipe, and try some new food! But don't go to the stores; instead, try to use delivery services or Amazon.
Care about your loved ones
Always check in with your parents and family. Have dinners and breakfast via video-conferencing softwares. Technology is on our side.
What to Do If You Lose Your Job During the Pandemic
Some tips to, hopefully, motivate you during this time.
Let's be honest: losing your job sucks. But losing a job during a global pandemic with markets crashing in the background is just terrible. We decided to give you some ideas so that you can make some extra money or gain new skills.
That's tough, but try to find ways to get help
You're not alone. Never. Please, don't be ashamed to ask your friends and family for help.
Contact service providers and banks
If you have bills and loans to pay, contact your service providers to negotiate payment terms. Doing so will help to lower your current financial burden.
Try and get part-time gigs right away
Delivery workers are in high-demand now.
Use this time to learn new skills
If you're lucky enough to have enough savings, and maybe even some small passive income streams, perhaps it's time to learn something new. Some of the ideas can be remote jobs, such as design, coding, marketing, or sales. When the crisis is over, you'll come out stronger and calmer than ever.
For your convenience, we prepared some additional materials that will help you jump-start your education.
10 Hot Tech Professions You Can Obtain While Sitting at Home

  1. Digital Marketer
  2. Social Media Marketing Specialist
  3. Copywriter/Editor
  4. Web/Mobile Apps Software Engineer
  5. QA Specialist/Software Tester
  6. UX/UI Designer
  7. User Support Specialist/Customer Service Representative
  8. Graphic Designer/Illustrator
  9. Sales Representative
  10. Business Development Manager
    Free or Inexpensive Educational Resources

    1. Linda by LinkedIn
    2. General Assembly
    3. Udemy
    4. Coursera
    5. freeCodeCamp
    6. Duolingo
    If You Still Have Job, Help and Support Other People
    Sharing is caring.
    If you still have a job and a steady income flow, you're lucky. We decided to dedicate this part of our long-read to discuss the importance of helping others during this crisis and give you some ideas to plant the seed in your mind. Here are some ideas of how you can help people in need.
    What If You Have Extra Cash
    Ask your friends, neighbors and relatives if they need any financial help
    Yes, ask them directly. It's human nature to show pride and strength during difficult times. Although many of us do struggle at times, we rarely share our fears and struggles with others, even with family members.

    We suggest you take this situation into your own hands.
    Give money to your personal masseuse, housekeeper, barber, etc.
    All of these professionals are gig workers and depend on us using their services. Right now, due to social distancing policies and shelter-in-place orders, these people are left without any help or income streams.

    Before this madness began, they were cutting our hair, cleaning our messes, and massaging not the best parts of our bodies to make our muscles less sore. Right now, it's our turn to do them a favor.

    Here are a couple of options. It's entirely up to you which option to choose:
    1. Give them cash so that they can pay bills.
    2. Prepay for their services now, and once this coronavirus curtain lifts, you will be able to get assistance.
    These small actions will help your service providers survive during this time. Please don't ignore them.
    Only if you have the money, order food from local restaurants or get take-out from your favorite ones
    We had been doing this before the crisis almost every day. It was completely okay to get lunch or dinner somewhere. What has changed for us? If you can still afford to do so, please do. Restaurants and cafes are small local businesses, and they rely on people ordering food. Please consider ordering something from time to time.

    Many restaurants offer affordable, pre-cooked meals for a few days. The prices are usually lower than their menu items, plus you can buy these meals in bulk for your whole family. It'll help the teams of people working there substantially.
    Buy groceries from local and family-owned grocery stores or farm tables
    There is a high probability that you have one or even more in your neighborhood. Yes, big chains have better deals since they order everything in bulk, but these smaller stores are struggling right now to provide communities with groceries. Also, they most likely have toilet paper (if you're curious) and canned food available!

    Likewise, it's generally much safer to shop at these smaller venues instead of chain supermarkets since not many people are going there.
    Donate money to charities
    Yes, that's why we've launched Covatar. As a friendly reminder - we'll donate $5 from every Covatar created to a charity of your choice.

    Dozens of charities help different categories of people in need of assistance by supplying essentials to government workers. For your convenience, we created a short list of charities and funds, but remember, there are more out there.

    Please note, we ask you not to treat this as financial or donation advice. Always run due diligence on organizations to which you're giving money.

    Here's the list of organizations:

    1. Meals on Wheels America (helping seniors stay safe during a pandemic)
    2. Goggles for Docs
    3. Feeding America
    4. Homeless Shelters
    5. American Red Cross: Give Blood
    6. GoFundMe (sending money directly to people and businesses in need)
    7. World Health Organization
    Remember, your donation doesn't have to be huge. Even $3 can play a significant role.
    If You Don't Have Spare Cash, You Can Still Help Others!
    You don't need to spend money to donate during this tough time. We decided to share some more ideas for non-financial forms of help.
    Help with grocery shopping for at-risk people
    Many seniors and people with pre-existing conditions need to eat fresh food. If you have spare time, please help them and buy groceries (they can reimburse you for that). For example, if you get groceries for yourself, you can also buy some for them. This way, we can reduce the spread of COVID-19 and lower traffic in grocery stores.
    Help seniors learn how to use delivery apps
    That's another excellent idea. We recently noticed in our nearby community that many seniors don't know or understand how to use these apps. You can also set up video conferencing apps for them so that these folks can stay connected to their loved ones.
    Check in with your lonely friends and neighbors regularly
    It's always important to stay connected with our friends and the people around us. Organize online lunches, dinners, or breakfasts thanks to modern technologies that help us to do that in seconds!

    Also, many of us have psychological problems that we are not aware of. During this tough time, people can develop or experience depression, anxiety, loneliness, and so on. We must make sure that they're not alone and people are thinking about them.
    Help first responders' families
    Many people are fighting the virus on the front line in hospitals, and have to maintain a distance from their families. We can help them in many different ways:

    1. If you have property that you don't use, let them stay there.
    2. Prepare meals for them and their families.
    3. Help them buy groceries and essentials.
    4. Check in with their families via video conferencing.
    5. Help with home-schooling.
    6. Ask what they need most now.
    Conclusion

    Helping others is essential, even when there is not a pandemic. But now, it's crucial. Many people are without jobs or new opportunities, and others struggle with mental disorders. Many others are at-risk because of health issues.

    Remember, we're all people, and many of us could be in this situation. It's always important to care about others. Please help us spread the word by sharing this article with your friends and colleagues. Together, we can flatten the curve.
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