'It's not rocket science' — Astronauts offer coronavirus tips to survive social isolation
- Astronauts from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) have advice on staying home during the
- Some suggest ways to keep yourself entertained, others share their own experiences of self-isolation.
- NASA astronaut, Anne McClain, believes the best way to keep yourself sane is to adjust your expectations.
Some shared ways to keep oneself entertained, others shared experiences of self-isolation from when they were in space. After all, carrying on in high-risk situations — even when you’re alone — is a part of their training before heading up there.
Now that many non-astronauts are stuck in the situation of having to self-quarantine or
It’s not rocket science
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent nearly a year in space aboard the ISS from 2015 to 2016, urged people to follow the advice of experts. If it’s rocket science, you ask a rocket scientist. If it’s an infection, you listen to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
One thing I learned in my twenty years at NASA is that most problems aren’t rocket science, but when they are rocke… https://t.co/niq4d0zm6a— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) 1584202665000
Like other experts, he also encouraged that people need to flatten the curve through social distancing.
To all my younger followers out there, PLEASE look at these graphics closely to understand why YOU are so important… https://t.co/C0nQkfJBad— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) 1584528002000
Another NASA astronaut, Anne McClain — another veteran of the spaceflight programme — believes the best way to deal with the restlessness is to adjust your own expectations.
Reminder that stress happens when expectations aren’t in line with reality. When we can’t change reality, it’s best… https://t.co/pZ7Xm7maGC— Anne McClain (@AstroAnnimal) 1584422578000
Explore space to pass the time
The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched an initiative to help keep people entertained at home. You explore past missions and peer through digital telescopes to pass the time.
Have fun with @esascience while #stayinghome! Qualche idea da @esascience per attività da fare mentre… https://t.co/PuQ0dDx2DB— Samantha Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) 1584367746000
French ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet curated his own guide to surviving the #quartantinelife. According to him, staying at home is the easier and best method of protecting yourself from the Coronavirus.
Like many in Europe, I am in quarantine too. Here is how I hope to cope with #QuarantineLife, but also why it is im… https://t.co/KDjZVvGiT4— Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) 1584473452000
He’s been posting brain teasers on his account, wishing everyone a ‘Happy Quarantine’ to keep spirits up.
Ok, since people are stuck at home, let's start to travel a little bit. Armenia, Iran & Turkey intersect in a regio… https://t.co/o6WMO3XQwn— Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) 1584552600000
Their experience in isolation
Luca Parmitano, an Italian astronaut with the ESA who recently returned from space on the same spacecraft as Koch, reached out to his fellow Sicilians to talk about he was recently quarantined — and due prepare your time during a time like this.
.@astro_luca lancia un appello ai siciliani, anche lui è stato in quarantena per potersi preparare a realizzare gra… https://t.co/NYREmrE3Fv— Regione Siciliana (@Regione_Sicilia) 1584433658000
Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield, also shared his experience of being isolated on St.Patrick’s Day when he was in space from 2012 to 2013.
On the most isolated St Patrick's Day of my life, I sang Danny Boy (in @SoundCloud's 'space folk' collection):… https://t.co/nn7ec7yem3— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) 1584444644000
He also tweeted that the best antidote for the fear and panic that’s being created around the coronavirus outbreak is competence — knowing what to do.
The best antidote for fear is competence - knowing what to do. https://t.co/BMD8MIob8z— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) 1584542987000
We’re all in this together
NASA astronaut, Jessica Meir, tweeted a photo of Tel Aviv in Israel with the words, “This too shall pass.” She’s been aboard the
Gazing down at the city in which my father was raised, I take to heart one of his most uttered expressions, “This t… https://t.co/3mKIbeu0SI— Jessica Meir (@Astro_Jessica) 1584482524000
In another tweet she shared how astronauts keep glovebags to protect themselves and keep germs out.
Despite all that is (or is not) happening on Earth, the @ISS_Research continues! We use glovebags to keep things in… https://t.co/hiI1ykYBuQ— Jessica Meir (@Astro_Jessica) 1584547588000
Another NASA astronaut, Christina H Koch, who recently returned from space expressed that being stuck at home has made her realise the importance of family and friends.
One year ago, launching into space reinforced to me that the most important thing on Earth is the people you love. … https://t.co/A5SnUOHJYT— Christina H Koch (@Astro_Christina) 1584398870000
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