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How to keep calm in Coronavirus crisis

Nature helps calm the mind in the face of a storm

Twin Towers, Highlands New Jersey

Now that the governor of New York has mandated all non-essential workers to stay at home, what will our days look like without a commute?  Yesterday on a webinar the Economics Club of New York hosted Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute who was the 23rd Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Dr. Gottlieb shared his thoughts on Coronavirus and shared a few statistics for New York that help enlightens some government decisions that are currently being made. The virtual event was hopeful and the recording, I found informative is available via the link.

What I took from the broadcast is that the numbers, while alarming, are probably understated.  The reported cases in New York state were 3000 of which approximately half were in New York City.  In addition to the reported current cases, there were at least 11 reported deaths.  What I appreciated about the broadcast is that is was factual, with intent to inform, yet not alarm for which reason, I no longer listen to daily news reports.  I have CNN online reports which I can choose to view, which is how I was alerted to the New York Governor’s mandate today and — I stay more closely in contact with friends and family on their assessments, as well as actions, to the dynamically changing pandemic.

Historic Site – Twin Towers, Highlands, New Jersey

I also found a calming factor has been to incorporate some engagement with nature daily.  This week I have taken drives to the local beach, park, and other natural surroundings to start, and sometimes, end my day.  The fresh air, oceanic views, forest trees all seem to remind me that nature stands ever-present, ever calming, as a reminder that this too shall pass.

I feel like nature helps me to remember that time moves on and heals after the storm.

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