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Boredom beaters




One crazy effect of the Luzon-wide quarantine on people who were forced to stay home for weeks was going out and staging a demonstration.

Twenty people from a barangay in Quezon City did just that last week, which resulted in a violent confrontation with police and their subsequent arrest and detention for violating the social distancing protocol.

That incident has just been beaten by a teenager from Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur last Sunday. The teener burned down their house not out of boredom, but of anger after her mother did not allow her to leave their house. She could be charged with, what else, but arson.

For people who may be already stressed from being locked down, they can get helpful tips on how to cope with limited mobility from an American researcher. One of her tips is remembering the bigger purpose everyone shares from staying in which is to save lives.

Her other tips are communicating with family members, looking out the window and enjoying doing things one never had time to do.

A 61-year-old Russian man has these tips: get some air, call friends, family time, get some exercise and laugh.

Some may question the two tipsters if their advices are really beneficial to people under lockdown. But, of course, yes. Each actually had their own experience of extreme isolation.

The American researcher is retired astronaut Peggy Whitson. The sexagenarian spent 665 days inside the International Space Station (ISS) from 2016 to 2017.

The other tipster is veteran Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, 61. He spent an even longer time at the orbiting ISS than Whitson at 671 days.

with AFP

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