An Update on Life with Coronavirus

As much of you know, I’ve the coronavirus. Well, had. I’ve recovered. Luckily, I had a mild case. It felt such as a really bad cold. Initially, I developed a little cough that I connected with allergies and my asthma. However, on the next day, I developed aches and a fever and that caused me to worry. I never get yourself a fever.

That’s when I made a decision to get tested and the results returned positive.

Given how lousy this virus could be — even for folks my age (I’m almost forty) — I count myself very lucky. My fever lasted just a few days and it just became a cough, which lasted until about day twelve. (Today is day fourteen.) (If you need to learn about my experience, I posted about any of it here and here.)

I seldom get sick which means this was a scary experience for me personally. I was mostly worried by reports saying that between days eight and ten, patients could suddenly crash and result in the ICU. I knew I was probably fine when the fever broke, but until day ten, I hardly ever really felt out from the woods. I was petrified that I’d go to sleep and wake up having to visit the ICU. There’s a whole lot of conflicting information and doctors don’t know a whole lot so nobody could really tell me anything. Medical department’s advice was “Call 911 in the event that you can’t breathe. Otherwise, stay inside.” As someone with anxiety, that had not been comforting.

Additionally, as a person who loves to awaken early, I came across the lethargy that was included with being sick demoralizing, which made the knowledge a whole lot worse. It weighed heavily on my state of mind, which made me feel physically worse.

Here I was, trapped inside, where I possibly could theoretically at least work, read, watching movies — and I spent a lot of the day sleeping! I simply finished up scrolling social media, which is never a very important thing even in the very best of that time period, and that just made my anxiety and emotional state a whole lot worse.

However, I’m on the mend but will be quarantined for the near future. Nobody is watching my door, but I intend to be considered a good human and stay inside. I am hoping to get retested but, with tests so limited, I doubt I am in a position to. Reports say you can shed the virus for three weeks (nobody really knows for certain) so I’ll just avoid people for another three weeks to be on the safe side. I really do not need to spread this.

As the days in quarantine have already been slow, given that I’m feeling better, I’ve had the opportunity to resume work (writing and renovating the website). You should definitely working, I’ve began to finally catch through to my binge-worthy shows (Altered Carbon and THE PERSON in High Castle are excellent!) and reading (up to now just finishing some books I started already, but I’m looking at diving into a wide variety of sci-fi, history, and travel books in the coming weeks).

I anticipate the day I could leave my home and get a walk. I’d always overlooked the opportunity to just go outside. Any longer. Luckily, there are several things to do in the home, but I really do yearn for the outside. I fully intend to take more benefit of the outside when that is around. (I suspect most of us will.)

I assume it is true what people say: you don’t really appreciate things until they have died.

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On another note, watching the travel industry grind to a halt whilst having employees has been really mentally tough. It keeps me up a whole lot during the night. I’ve already started seeing friends of mine lose their jobs and I understand a few companies going to head under. It’s been sad to see. Even in a recession, people still travel.

However now? No one is certainly going anywhere. March has felt just like the longest decade of my entire life and it’s only likely to get worse. I’ve a whole post developing on what I believe may happen to the travel industry due to this but it’s likely to be bad.

This web site (usually) gets a whole lot of traffic and we prosper, most of that dates back into other business endeavors (our conference TravelCon, our charity FLYTE, new projects, and all of the events we do) so we don’t have an enormous cushion.

If this site were just me, it wouldn’t be considered a problem but, with four full-time employees, a whole lot of my day is spent fretting about how I could make payroll.

Hopefully, we’ll make it through and folks begins traveling again in late May/early June. All our fallback plans assumed people would still travel. We never imagined there will be no travel on the globe. As Monty Python said, no-one ever expects the Spanish Inquisition.

However the team and I are on a single page and we’ll find out a means through.

This season, we were turning toward events and community initiatives through our Nomadic Network program.

But, since we have to all be inside now (let’s flatten the curve so we are able to end this as fast as possible), we can’t do events. But there’s a whole lot we are able to do virtually:

First, I’m around Instagram nowadays, posting plenty of updates from your home and doing some live Q&As. Follow me there for updates, posts, and streams!

Second, I started something where one can text me about travel, life, and other things and I’ll respond. For real! My number is +1 (617) 284-0863. See, here’s a pic of me with the quantity and that means you know it’s real:

Finally, as I’m passing time by writing new blogs, I’d want to know if there are any topics you’d like me to create about. If so, leave them in the comments!

Let’s chat and pass enough time. Now is whenever we need community the most. Let’s be here for every other of these trying times.

I am hoping you are FaceTiming the people who are important to you more regularly!

— Matt

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An Update on Life with Coronavirus