Spring Break is upon us! A week of doing nothing! A chance to balance my checkbook and sleep in and read The Pilgrim's Regress! I might even get to have my friend over to watch Star Trek...
That being said, let's talk about what's on everyone's mind right now. Plagues.
Obviously, I'm no doctor or scientist. I'm just a nineteen-year-old college junior with contact lenses and a fidgety disposition. I don't even have very much life experience. What I do have is common sense and the entire internet's worth of facts.
My conclusion? Coronavirus is not what everyone's making it out to be.
So the death rate right now in the United States is about 6%, and that's pretty high--and pretty inaccurate. Here's the thing about statistics: we don't know how many people actually have the coronavirus. We haven't tested very many people, and I can 100% guarantee you that there's a bunch of people who have the disease and won't die from it who weren't included in the statistic above. South Korea, which has actually tested way more people for the disease, is showing a mortality rate of about 0.6%. That's six out of every one thousand people. That's barely worse than the flu, which people get and recover from every year without raising too much of a fuss.
You want to stay healthy? Pick water or herbal tea over soda. Wash your hands. Try to avoid sugar and exercise more. Go to your nearest health food store and pick up an echinacea tincture to help boost your immune system, or take a Vitamin C supplement. Oh, and avoid crowds.
If you decide to stay inside, what should you do? In five short days, you can start reading Where the Clouds Catch Fire absolutely free. Yep. On St. Patrick's Day only, you will be able to download the Kindle eBook free of charge off Amazon. (Or if you'd rather buy it now and support emerging authors, that would be awesome, too.)
And if you already own Where the Clouds Catch Fire and Where I Stand? Going for walks is still okay. The fresh air will do you good, and the weather is beautiful (at least where I live). Bake something. Do crosswords. Let YouTube tutorials teach you a new craft--crochet is tons of fun. Cut words out of a magazine article and arrange them into a poem. That's similar to what we did in class today. I'll give you the results on Monday.
What's another fun thing to do without leaving your house? Let me know in the comments below! God bless you, dear readers, and don't forget to Like us on Facebook!
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.