|Sunrise over the mountains of Doi Phu Kha in Pua, North Thailand|
As there will not be any traveling in the next few months I will update you about living in Social Distance at StayHome during the Corona Crisis in Thailand. I started this StayHome thread on 22 March 2020 but actually since 15 March 2020 we are in a kind of self chosen isolation, we only go to town for shopping. This is week 4 at 18 April 2020. As usual I will start with the air pollution. According to Air Visual we now have a US AQI of 64 (moderate) with an pm2.5 of 18.1 µg/m3. Photo above was taken this morning at 6:41am.
Well our lives did not change much, although we went all the way to Nan town (60 km one-way) to go shopping at Big-C and Makro for all kind of things we can not buy in Pua. Normally we would have a nice lunch somewhere in Nan town but we skipped that. For the rest we did have some big storm with some rain. And some wooden houses in the mountains are very much damaged, luckily we had a strong house. But if you would have told me 6 months ago I would find it perfectly OK and normal that all borders would be closed and that I would be sitting at home for more as 1 month I would have told you that you are crazy. But look at us now! Following is personal rant about all who still believe this is an exercise or just a flu.
Most people have totally accepted the current situation. And mind you for me and many other people it is very easy. We are privileged to have a spacious & comfortable house with a huge garden to enjoy outside. And we have a huge fridge & freezer to stock food & drinks. And we have money to buy food & drinks. We have our TV with Netflix and our telephones & laptop with internet. No hardship at all. OK we are missing income from our homestay Non Na Pua, that is sad but we can afford that. But many people in Thailand and worldwide do not have it so easy and some even have life-threatening hardship to endure. And actually they get not much help from all the people who have been hoarding money in the past 30 years. I find this shocking. And even worse some governments find this a good moment to pick a fight and to stand their ground. Are these people insane? Did they not read history?
Currently it seems that worldwide the numbers of COVID19 deaths and contaminations seems to go down or rise less. And now all kind of people are talking about relaxing the measures that got us in this safety zone. And they are talking about the economic impact. Well it was the fear of economic impact that prevented many countries from taking the measures against COVID19 early. And this is where it did get us with a virus worldwide. There is going to be an economic crash, worldwide. The question is will it be with or without a total crash of our healthcare?
So in my personal opinion .... relaxing the COVID19 social distancing measures now? Are people totally crazy? Have a look into the history of COVID19 in China and other countries! Do people not realise we do not know shit about this new virus? And even some people thinking about planning international holidays in July or September 2020? They think think this virus is suddenly gone? Even if the pandemic is over, this virus will be staying with us for the coming year at least.
And worse people are talking about going back to the old life again. Personally I think there will be a pre-corona era and a post-corona era. Things will never be the same anymore. Personally I have always been thinking that we humans have been abusing the delicate balance of nature far too long and that some day this balance will crash. That is no problem for earth but for us humans. But I always thought it would never happen in my life time. I was dearly wrong. Remember the numbers that you now read about the COVID19 is after almost the all world took measures against it. Without those measure who knows how our world would look now.
This Corona Crisis made me think of the Qatsi film trilogy and I am not sure in what stage we are Koyaanisqatsi (Life out of Balance), Powaqqatsi (Life in transformation) or Naqoyqatsi (Life as War). But always remember What a wonderful world by Louis Armstrong.
Footnote : It is amazing to see how most people accept changes made in their life.