As the author of the 2010 corona-pandemic novel TWO JOURNEYS, and as a biologist with 20 years of laboratory experience with microorganisms, viruses and radioactivity, I provide some insights on how viruses may contaminate us as individuals. I am not a medical doctor: as a scientist my general advice is to always listen to the experts, such as the WHO or your government. However, as my work in the lab has taught me, you should always work from the premise that any object that has been touched by other people has to be considered contaminated (the same is true for any object that you touch with unwashed hands). That is one of the key ways to stay safe.
What I do not mention in the movie is that several surfaces in your surroundings are potentially high risk. From my lab experience working, when for instance radioactivity was accidentally spilled, my colleagues and I usually found the highest levels of contamination on the surfaces that people touch, sometimes without noticing. So always clean:
Water taps / water handles
Any button, switch or keys on any appliance. Here you can think about: the buttons on your espresso machine, the door of your fridge, the flush button on your toilet, the buttons in the elevator.
Also consider the car steering wheel, the gear stick, car door-handles (in- and outside), or the handles on your bike.
As Alan, the hero of TWO JOURNEYS says: Stay Healthy, Stay Sane. Let’s kill this bastard virus!
Also see this blog post:
The Corona Pandemic and How it Affects All of Us – link
Due to these corona times, for the past months my attention has fully been focused on home-based activities and work, which I am actually enjoying a LOT ! I’ve been painting and working on my books, which continues to be very, very thrilling.
But, I have also spent time on watching some exciting MOVIES. As a fan of cinema (see my latest picks and highest rated movies at IMDB), both old and new, I am happy that I found some time to watch some true gems. I’ve been especially trawling through YouTube. This is not as easy as it sounds, as some of the best movies aren’t listed by movie title, but by some unrelated (and sometimes obscure) description, AND it is hard to browse through the movies on YouTube. Yet, here are my top three picks:
Lifeboat by Alfred Hitchcock. A propaganda movie from 1944, Based on a story by John Steinbeck, so high quality. Survivors of a torpedoed ship find themselves in the same boat with one of the Germans who sunk it.
Call Northside 777 by Henry Hathaway. With James Stewart. A newspaper reporter is put on an extraordinary ad for information about a murder case that happened years ago.
Dangerous Crossing by Joseph M. Newman. When a bride boards an ocean liner with her new husband, he goes into hiding, and she becomes the target of a conspiracy. I loved the foghorn!
My social media activities about cinema aren’t going unnoticed. I get many requests for reviews of art, literature and movies – alas for time reasons I have to reject most :-( Here’s an exception: I was contacted by Natalie Rodriguez, an independent writer, director, and producer in Los Angeles. She wrote, directed, and produced a movie, “The Extraordinary Ordinary,” a thoughtful story about issues that affect actual people – exactly the kind of story that I like. Its focus is on trauma and mental health during youth, an issue that affects more and more young adults (even in the absence of corona). Definitely worthwhile to watch, both gripping and positive.
Years ago, during a visit to a Disney movie, my youngest son (10 at the time) accidentally referred to popcorn as cockporn.
I haven’t been able to order a bucket of popcorn in the cinema since, as I once copied his error. Now I am afraid to mention cockpo… popcorn in any public situation.
Worse yet, I had a marketing colleague who continuously mixed up YouTube with an infamous porn channel of a very similar name. To bypass this embarrassment, he started posting all marketing videos on Vimeo.