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The Thaiger top 10 ways to cope with self-isolation

Greeley Pulitzer



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It’s a turbulent time. With socialising discouraged and many businesses closed, things can seem a bit scary. And with the Covid-19 coronavirus sweeping the world, you will be worried about the health of family and friends, even yourself. If you’re stuck at home due to the virus you’re probably asking yourself: “Now what am I supposed to do?” But there are some things you can do to keep yourself sane… actually 12 of them.

Take care of yourself: Don’t neglect your physical and mental health. Meditate. Never done it? Fire up YouTube and search for learning about mediation. Also ‘mindfulness’. Do jumping jacks or press-ups in the living room whilst flicking through your Netflix options. Practice yoga. Whatever works for you, do what it takes to care for your body and mind.

When it comes to food you’ll need to do a bit of planning to make sure the binge buy-up at the supermarket ends up with more than a packet of Tim Tams and 2 minute noodles. A lot of fruit and vegetable can be bought frozen and will last in the freezer for months. You’ll need to balance your diet and make sure you have all the ingredient to cook up your favourites whilst you’re cooped up at home. A lot of stuff comes in cans and will last on the shelves for, well, years. When you can try and pop out for some fresh food too. Or you will be able to get it delivered to your door as well. It will just take a bit of planning.

Learn a new skill: Let’s face it, if you’re stuck at home, you’re probably not going to learn Greek or Latin… but how about a new recipe, or an entirely new type of cuisine? There are 1000s of ‘how to’ guides and even more formal courses on the internet. You could actually do an entire course for a new subject online and likely end up with some sort of degree in the time you might be stuck in home. It’s not wasted time, it’s an opportunity.

You can even study to be a pilot online, excepting the actual flying bits at the moment.

Write a journal: In years to come, people’s thoughts and experiences during this (ahem) rather unique period are going to be interesting. Write yours down. Or turn on your mobile and do it on video. Getting the kids to record their daily feelings and frustrations in a journal or online can also be a great way for them to share and reflect of=n their experiences.

Binge watch that series you’ve been wanting to see: Want to find out why everyone’s talking about Baby Yoda, but you haven’t sat down to watch “The Mandalorian?” Now’s your chance. There’s a bunch of shows that are perfect for binge-watching while you’re stuck at home. Maybe you’ll want to start new shows like “Picard” or catch up on those classic “Seinfeld” episodes.

Netflix isn’t the only streaming service and most of them are quite inexpensive given the opportunities to watch just about anything. There’s also 1000s of documentaries you can watch on YouTube.

Read an actual book: Ironically, while many of spend most of our time staring at a monitor and reading, we seldom pick those old-fashioned bundles of paper and ink. Why not grab one and learn something new, or revisit an old favourite?Psychology Today suggests reading five books you have always wanted to read but never had the time. Now you do.

Ay me! for aught that I could ever read, Could ever hear by tale or history, The course of true love never did run smooth. But, either it was different in blood,- Or else it stood upon the choice of friends,- Or, if there were a sympathy in choice, War, death, or sickness did lay siege to it – William Shakespeare

Watch a concert: Lots of artists, bands, even orchestras are putting their performances online and there are heaps available for streaming; click HERE for a list. The Metropolitan opera is streaming nightly; click HERE for the schedule. There’s also an almost endless supply of classic rock and pop concerts for a variety of artists going back 50 years and even more. You bought that big fancy TV, now you can use it!

Go to a museum: You can now “visit” hundreds of museums without getting out of your chair. HERE‘s a list.

Go for a walk, get outside: You can leave your home in most cases, just practice social distancing. If you’re not under curfew or shelter-in-place orders, doctors say fresh air, exercise and especially sunshine are good for not only your physical but also mental health. You can walk around your neighbourhood, go to a park, go hiking or go jogging. You should be doing this daily unless ordered not to.

Revisit that long forgotten project: Somewhere in the deep, dark depths of your computer you probably have an unfinished project – your great novel, a book of poetry, your first standup show, a vast scientific treatise… whatever it is, you might want to use this time to dust off the files and finish it up. Or it may be in the deep, dark depths of your bedroom cupboard, under the ‘Ab Blaster’. Whatever it is, dust it off and re-start your passion.

Promote yourself online: Consider devoting time to a bit of marketing. Does your personal website need updating? Have you been meaning to set up a Twitter profile and learn what hashtags are? Would you like to create a YouTube video about your passion? This might be the perfect time to wiggle your way out from beneath the rock you’ve been living under and find new avenues for connecting with others online. And there’s money to be made in this new online world.

And now for your bonus round of two extra ideas…

Be nice to your fellow humans: If you live with others, being cooped up with them full time might be even less than the fun that you’d imagined it to be. Channel your frustrations into something harmless; punch a pillow, exhaust yourself with exercise, put a tea towel between your teeth and scream as loud as you can. Whatever you do, don’t punch anyone. Have a bit of ‘me’ time by yourself and practice some domestic social distancing too from time to time. Given the shit-show happening around the world does it REALLY matter if the ironing wasn’t done this morning?!

Do fun stuff: Close your eyes and think back to the time before the world went on its head. What was giving you joy? Is there an old hobby you can pick up again? One up-side of your home confinement is that you no longer need to spend time commuting to work. Can you spend that time to be doing something that will bring you joy or, at the very least, alleviate some stress? Dust off the board games and drag out the Twister set. Anyone for a round of cards?

It’s an incredibly stressful time for most of us. Don’t expect your government or city officials to be able to cope with everything going on – it’s a really crazy time for them. Take control of your own situation and be a master of your destiny for a few months.

Take care of yourself and others, and remember to wash your hands.

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6 new coronavirus cases in Phuket

Greeley Pulitzer



6 new coronavirus cases in Phuket | The Thaiger
PHOTO: Khaosod English

Phuket island officials have reported 6 new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus as of today (Sunday, March 29), bringing the total to 53 on the southern island. The details as known at time of publication are…

  • Case 48: A 42 year old Thai woman, a gift shop owner in Patong.
  • Case 49: A 32 year old Ukrainian woman who runs a health clinic in Karon.
  • Case: 50: A 27 year old Thai woman who has had close contact with foreigners.
  • Case 51: A 37 year old Thai man, a bouncer in Patong’s Bangla Road.
  • Case 52: A 36 year old Thai woman, a massuese in Patong.
  • Case 53: A 22 year old Thai woman who had close contact with another confirmed case, in Patong’s Bangla Road.

Since January 5, 944 people in Phuket have gone to hospital for testing. Of those 794 have tested negative and were sent home.

6 new coronavirus cases in Phuket | News by The Thaiger


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SOURCE: Newshawk Phuket

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Handful of Thais catch last flight back to Thailand from Singapore

Greeley Pulitzer



Handful of Thais catch last flight back to Thailand from Singapore | The Thaiger
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Flights are thin on the ground now and very few regional carriers are still in the air. Singapore Airlines Flight 972 was the last scheduled service to Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. Passengers, only a few dozen, mostly Thais fleeing back home to ride out the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, flew out of Singapore’s Changi Airport yesterday.

Airlines worldwide are cutting flights and grounding planes due to the global outbreak, which at 11:30am (Thai time today) had infected more than 664,000 and killed more than 30,000 people. Thailand has reported 6 deaths to date, Singapore 2.

The Thai passengers’ desperation was evident. One 66 year old woman, who had been in Singapore taking care of her niece, told reporters: “If I die, I want to die in my country.”

Thailand declared a nationwide state of emergency on Thursday banning all foreigners from entering the Kingdom, and placed complicated requirements for Thais to have a health certificate, not older than 72 hour, and proof of residence before being declared ‘fit to fly’..

Singapore’s Changi Airport was reported to be almost empty yesterday with only one check-in counter open. Nearly all passengers wore facemasks, and many wore gloves.

One passenger said she was afraid if she didn’t get back to Thailand she might be stranded. 33 year old Ammara Viparsinon said she was shocked at the ticket price of 600 Singapore dollars (about 13,600 baht), about double what a flight would normally would cost. But she felt there was no choice, as any other route would involve long connections and layovers, and be even more expensive.

“The risk is too high, so I’d rather take this last direct flight.”

SOURCE: Reuters


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Drug party raided in Chiang Rai for defying public gathering ban

Greeley Pulitzer



Drug party raided in Chiang Rai for defying public gathering ban | The Thaiger
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Authorities are cracking down and enforcing the ban on on public gatherings under the the state of emergency declared to fight the Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic last week. 22 people were arrested at a drug party in Chiang Rai yesterday for “gathering in defiance of the Emergency Decree”. 10 men and 12 women between the ages of 20 and 30 were nabbed at a hotel in the province’s main city district.

(Gamblers also arrested in Phuket, below)

The 22 were attending a pool party where alcohol and drugs such as ecstasy and ketamine were allegedly being sold. Police confiscated 237,000 baht in cash found in a bag, along with illicit drugs for evidence.

An initial investigation showed that a 24 year old man from Trat province in Thailand’s east, on the Cambodian border, had been holding parties at the hotel since last Thursday. It’s believed he started holding the parties because most public venues are unavailable during the virus scare.

Chiang Rai’s governor says police raided the hotel in tambon Tha Sut after a tip-off.

Apart from drug charges, the detainees will also be punished for defying the Emergency Decree, which bans gatherings. The penalty is two years in prison and/or a fine of up to 40,000 baht. Chiang Rai has 5 confirmed coronavirus cases.

In a related development, 6 gamblers were arrested in Phuket near the island’s Muang district yesterday.

The detainees were identified as 51 year old Natthawut, 55 year old Suwit, 40 year old Charoon, 48 year old Praiwan, 28 year old Natthapol and 39 year old Natthapong. No surnames were added to the report. Police say that while some were wearing masks to potentially protect themselves from the coronavirus, they were violating the Emergency Decree by sitting around a table to play the games. Gambling is officially illegal in Thailand, apart from the bi-monthly lottery.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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