COVID is getting better, right?

I’ve been asked this question directly by more than one person, simply because I have friends who didn’t understand why I am still staying extremely socially distant. Why would they know? They are back in the office and doing ‘business as usual.’ I’ve even had some tongue-in-cheek remarks about traveling the world since I am not going into the office.

I finally figured out how to describe why I take COVID-19 so seriously, and I wanted to share it with everyone.

Let’s take a common cold, for example. If a perfectly healthy person gets a cold, they are out sick for a day or two. For me, it is 3-4 days.

Let’s take it up a level, last time I had the flu, can you guess how long I was out of commission? I’d say that a week is a pretty bad case of the flu for a perfectly healthy person. The last time I had it, I was bed-ridden for a week and hardly moved around the house for another five days. My total recovery time, almost two weeks!

Now the reason my recovery is extended when I am sick is due to having Muscular Dystrophy. I know the spectrum of symptoms people get from COVID-19 is vast, from an annoying cough to life-threatening. However, considering I have pre-existing conditions that could significantly complicate those symptoms.

I choose to protect myself and try to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and I would ask anyone who knows me or anyone with a pre-existing condition to do the same. Wear a mask, socially distance, and the most honorable thing? Stay the f**k at home (uncensored video in link).

matt in a mask at a doctor appointment
One of my few outings when I had to go to the Doctor for some testing – testing I delayed for months due to COVID-19.

Organizing life, while trapped at home during COVID-19

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about “Getting things done while working from home using Microsoft To Do.” Ultimately, I am working from home, primarily because I am trapped here due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I fall into the category of high-risk for severe illness from the COVID-19 disease.

Being trapped at home is difficult. However, I’ve tried to treat it as positive as humanly possible. I now save 10 hours a week by eliminating my commute to the office after all! My mind quickly went all sorts of crazy directions by being stuck at home. Heck, after just three weeks, I shaved my head and beard!