Unfortunately, it affects the whole world. Slowly but surely the epidemic of coronavirus is spreading into a pandemic. It started in China, Wuhan Hubei, and is now found everywhere.
People are worried and this is not without reason. The facts show that COVID19 has a mortality rate of about 3.4% and almost 15% of all cases involve complications. Influenza, with which the virus is always compared, also claims its victims every year, but here the worldwide mortality rate is below 1.5%.
Furthermore, the protective measures against influenza are virtually non-existent among non medical people. Nobody wears a face mask during the annual flu wave (usually February/March) and quite a few get vaccinated.
People's concern is currently reflected in hoarding purchases. Everywhere disinfectants and breathing masks are sold out or can only be found overpriced. However, much of this concern is also due to the lack of information. The WHO and many governments are currently facing a lot of criticism. That is why we would like to explain a little bit about what is important to encounter this disease as well as possible.
1. Sneezing, coughing and face-masks
It should be obvious that you shouldn't just sneeze out. It is best to do it in the crook of your arm or in a handkerchief which you can dispose of immediately afterwards. Droplet infection is the reason for most infections. So protect yourself and others with this method.
Unfortunately a face mask is not sufficient. There are a few very expensive masks which hold up a lot, but the normal masks offer almost no protection. Doctors use them during operations so that no saliva gets into the wounds. This means that a breathing mask is only advisable if you are infected yourself and want to avoid infecting others (by droplets when coughing/sneezing).
2. Avoid crowds
It is probably logical that where more people are, especially in enclosed rooms, the probability of infection is higher. Especially in the next few weeks you should, if possible, avoid large public events, clubs/discos, subway and trains. But unfortunately this is not possible for everyone.
Almost all infections occur directly from person to person. A distance of 1-2 meters (3 to 6 feet) from other people in public is considered reasonable. The less contact, the better. Complete isolation is only necessary in extreme cases. A 14-day quarantine can be useful only, if you suspect you have been infected, so you don't spread the virus.
3. Avoid contact with older people
This advice has nothing to do with the fact that older people are a danger, but that you yourself are a danger to them. The incubation period of coronavirus is up to 14 days. There are also cases where the virus has been detected, but the sufferer did not show any symptoms.
During this time, you can transmit the disease without knowing it, and most of the previous fatalities are elderly people (over 70) or people with pre-existing conditions. So even if you mean it well and want to visit your grandparents. If you have even the slightest suspicion that you might be infected, you should avoid contact with weak, stricken, pre-sick or elderly people.
4. Increase hygiene
This point shouldn't have anything to do with Corona. You should always wash your hands properly with soap when you come home. Bacteria and viruses can always survive on surfaces. Especially bacteria are not as susceptible as viruses. So avoid touching your face and wash your hands regularly. You grab the bars in the subway and the door handles in the department store. Afterwards and before eating: Wash and/or disinfect.
Hygiene should be constantly increased. The smartphone is always in your hand. On the road, at home, etc. It is best to clean it at least once a week, or even daily, with a disinfecting tissue. Keys should also be cleaned regularly. These are all disease carriers.
5. Use the common sense
This is the most important advice: common sense. You wouldn't walk down a dark alley alone at night, buy food that doesn't look fresh anymore or pet that vicious dog. No matter if you are travelling or in your own neighborhood. Just activate your common sense!
Viruses are transmitted from person to person, so I clean my hands and avoid drinking from the other person's glass. You don't have to be paranoid, but just pay attention.
The problem is, you can't stop it. If you isolated yourself as an example and avoided any human contact, a family member or the postman might bring the virus with them. Sooner or later you have to get out. Or you might have to isolate yourself completely on your own until the summer, because viruses are sensitive to high temperatures. But no one wants to be restricted like that.
Experts estimate that about 60-70% of all people will be infected with this virus sooner or later. But this doesn't mean that all this will happen in the next 2 weeks. It's a process over a long period of time. The transmission is very easy and therefore the number of infected people increases exponentially. But by next year at the latest there will be a vaccination and then we'll see.
We humans have survived swine fever, bird flu, the SARS virus alone in this millennium. Pandemics happen all the time. Only this time the virus is not to be underestimated. But there is no need to be afraid either. Here is a table showing the probabilities of dying from it according to the age.
As you can see, the chances of surviving this virus without complications are therefore very good. Especially children and pregnant women as well as women in general get off best. So keep calm and protect yourself and your loved ones as much as possible. Panic does not help at all. Corona is not harmless, but for a healthy person it is not particularly bad. Stick to hygiene tips and protect yourself from sources of infection.
But what if I get infected? Then you call the medical support center and wait for their instructions. If you would go directly to a doctor or hospital, you could infect the people there.
I wish you the best and a good health.
- LdR -
Many are pissed off at how situations are developing in the world. First the Syrian- now the Iranian crisis and the poor politics connected with it. Refugees, protests, racism, maybe World War 3 (let's hope not), in between a Donald Trump tweet...
This is an appeal for people to stand up for other people. Just because you don't like a certain food doesn't mean that it's bad itself. Many people should take this approach directly to the bin. Whether tall, small, rich, poor, homosexual, blue-blooded, green-, red- or yellow-skinned is irrelevant in every way. As long as nothing is done to you personally, it is pointless to look for a martyr.
But unfortunately, that is not how we humans are. Someone must always be blamed. The worst thing on top is the hatred that comes with it. One should renounce hate. Even Yoda said, "Hate leads to the dark side of the Force." This is no joke here, because hate can actually do that. It blinds and disguises facts. This distorts your perception and you only see a false truth from the point of view of hatred.
I understand that everybody has the right to have his own opinion, but I would like to remind you of the humanity and friendship. Reaching out a hand instead of hitting another one.
You will live happier and more fulfilled lives if you do things for other people. Giving can really bring more joy than taking. And this is not just a stupid phrase. It really is true. The people who will read this article are the ones who certainly carry much goodness and humanity in themselves. Those whom I criticize here and who should change their views or at least reconsider them, do not care about such topics like equality or kindness.
Maybe then WE should just give more. Just protesting and telling others that their methods are inhumane or even malicious makes little sense. Fighting fire with fire is rarely the most intelligent solution. You cannot so easily change another person's firm opinion. So you should not put your energy into fighting the fire, but into helping others who need it. Some don't want to be a minority at all, they just want to be recognized. And even if it is only respect and recognition that you give to others (cause everybody deserves respect somewhere), you can support them in this way.
Recognition, kindness and compassion create better cooperation and more humanity. We should all acquire this more. The WE wins!
- LdR -
There is always someone asking for donations. Everybody wants to help, but how much really reaches the ones in need, when donating to charity-organizations? In most cases it makes sense to help directly on site, e.g. by giving food, clothes or money to hospitals / orphanages. In organizations, a lot goes out for administration and advertising. However, everyone has to decide this for himself.
Nevertheless, thousands of Australians have lost their homes, millions of animals have perished and there are currently almost 30 people dead. I have listed a few links for Australia, which are supported by the states of the country. You can never be 100% sure, but I think this is the best option.
We can't do much from the other side of the world. Well, not exactly! We can at least support the people and the fire departments.
I simply think: A few Dollar less do not make me poor and with them I will not become rich. So I can donate them gladly.
It must be terrible to lose a house and more. You can only be thankful that you're all right. Even the animals suffer there. The family of the famous "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwing at least helps the animals and they have already saved over 90.000.
Everybody can help!
The fires are massive and Australia is not just a small island. It almost reaches the size of North America and is by far bigger than Western Europe.
If you'd like to donate then here are some links for donations that go directly to where they are needed most and are supported by the states of Australia:
For more information, please visit:
The Essences of Life would like to thank everyone for this truly good year 2019. There was laughter, maybe a few tears and everyone can tell a story. May it be good or partly less good. The end of the song is that you (hopefully) survived this year in good health and you should now think about what you have and what you have achieved.
No matter how much you sometimes think, how poor or unsuccessful you are, you are not. Just look around you. You can be happy to be alive and should help people who have less than you do. Because there are always people who have it worse.
Christmas is a family holiday. Even if many families are not the ideal and you may not be particularly fond of one or the other member, it should be seen as a quiet and sensual time. Giving is more fun than receiving (at least that's the theory :P)
Don't let the stress get to your head. Enjoy good food and the ONE person you really care about. The attitude makes a difference, whether it is a pleasant celebration or a Xmas-Battle.
But the whole thing gets even better. The new year 2020 is just around the corner. All the New Year's resolutions are already on hold. But do you need them? Less drinking, healthier food, more sports, finding a partner, new job, etc.
Remember this: This puts a lot of pressure on you from the start. And unfortunately this pressure is not particularly supportive. Instead, gyms are full and the vegetable departments in supermarkets are empty. But after 4-6 weeks most things change back again. But how do you keep it up? How do you successfully implement your intentions then?
It's very simple. You have to pick up one new habit. Just ONE is more than enough, instead of trying several for a few weeks and not adopting any in the long run.
Try it like this and take the pressure away. Read the short guide: Changing habits in 100 days if you want to know more.
Don't get upset and spend a few quiet days and pleasant Christmas holidays.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
All the best,
Ludovico de Rogatis
Where's the best place to live? That's a good question. According to the human development index for quality of life, Norway ranks first, closely followed by Switzerland. Ireland and Germany are in 3rd and 4th place.
This index includes several things such as labour market, transport connections, particulate matter, social benefits, education, etc.
Although it's dark for a long time and quite cold in Norway, the quality of life seems to be very high. So should we all move to Norway now?
Not everyone leaves voluntarily. Many flee their countries because of poverty, war or other circumstances. Whether all the "refugees" will then be welcomed fairly and warmly is another story. You only have to watch the news.
But we are lucky that we could change the country we live in quite easily, at least in Europe. Except for a language barrier, if there is one at all, it would be possible without further difficulty. But do we want that?
People are afraid of the unknown: meeting new people, unknown surroundings, everything new and many questions about whether they will get along there. Here I can only spur you on to try it out.
Try? Hello, something like this is not an easy decision. In fact, it's not. But if you want it, you can do it even with a steady family including a house, children and a Labrador. You just have to really want it. But why?, one or the other will surely ask himself. To gain new impressions, to get to know new people, to make life more colorful again, to learn a new language and to make a change of scenery.
If you're unhappy with your surroundings, change them. Sometimes it is enough to meet new people or to break up/reduce contact with negative ones. A new job can also help. But maybe you just want to get out of everything. Fleeing is not the right solution. You have to face your problems. But maybe you are just sick and tired of the same lame city..... Remember that:
Birds are free and can fly anywhere they want. But so can we humans.
If not forever, then only for a certain period of time. Half a year in Oslo (maybe not in winter) is certainly a nice experience. Most people don't travel. They spend 2 or 3 weeks on holiday, which is usually clocked through. This is also okay, if you like it, but real "travelling" is not given here. You need time to immerse yourself in a foreign culture. Even if it's only the neighboring country.
Give yourself a break or a sabbatical. Save up for it. If you want it, then it's possible, even with unfavorable conditions. You will regret more what you have NOT done than the things you have done.
Let me know in the Facebook-Group, what you wanna do or where you want to live. Or did you already change your country? What are the experiences you made?
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Life is full of distractions. We often lose sight of our goals, only to reward ourselves with small things which only represent short-term well being. No matter if it's food, friends, video games or Netflix. We forget about our goals. It's okay to have fun and time for yourself, but only if your goals don't suffer from it.
Soon the year 2019 will come to an end. How many good intentions have you already planned for 2020? The advice is this: pick a single goal and follow it. And please don't just start with New Year's Day. Do it now! The problem is that many people want so much and then achieve nothing. So think very carefully about what is really important to you.
If 5 kilograms less on the hips had been your priority number 1, then you wouldn't have gained them in the first place. So think carefully and consciously about what your prio 1 is. What do you really want to achieve? Find it and then pursue it. Motivate yourself by reading and listening to the relevant media (audio books, normal books, blogs, videos, seminars etc.). Listen to your gut feeling instead to other people.
Greta Thunberg is a good example for someone who has not let his goal out of his sight. Many people criticize this young lady. All just media manipulation, they say. Personally I don't care much about that, because I think that the girl and all the people behind her are devoted to something that is really important. The environment is a very crucial factor and we are destroying it more and more. That must be stopped.
I don't wanna start with extinction and rainforest or palm oil. The fact is that Greta skipped her school, accepted criticism and shitstorms and still set a whole movement about the environment in motion. She never let her goal out of her sight and made it her priority 1.
That's what you have to do if you want to maneuver your life the way you want. You are the person at the helm. So steer in the right direction. If you don't do it, someone else will do it for you. And nobody wants that.
What's your number one priority?
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It seems to get worse and worse. Animals keep suffering and we humans as well. I've traveled the last 3 months and been to many places in south-east-asia. It was amazing, but one thing still haunts me. It's all the garbage. The people litter so much as it was a hobby. Tourist, the locals everyone. We have to start to be aware, that this is a real menace to our planet as well as the climate change.
Our seas are full with plastic waste and other garbage. Everyone should help, or spread the word. It's not just enough, by not using plastic straws. We have to do more! We have to try to consume less products, that are wrapped up in plastic and stop people to litter. We can start by cleaning the beaches during our holiday, or our parks in the city we live in.
If everyone would help just a little bit and be aware of this problem, we could save a lot of nature.
Our planet is beautiful and we should keep it that way. If we help our mother earth, we help ourselves, because it is the world WE live in.
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I love the way things develop. No matter if it concerns your own body, your business or other things in life. Everything needs time. You have to make changes and hold on to them. This is the key to success.
I wasn't always disciplined and not everything was always easy. It's not true that I'm now a perfect person, who pays attention to everything he eats, works out from morning till night and has no fun anymore. Quite the opposite. I often enjoy the company of friends and family. I am a social person and I love humorous conversations or cool activities. I just get my shit done. You have to do, what you have to do. When that's done, you can do all the things you love. Best is, when you do only things you love. I love working out, reading, writing and eating healthy. Yes, and I eat burgers and fries, too.
Life is something that should grow, like a plant.
You have to take care of it, to keep it constantly growing and bearing fruits.
You just must never lose sight of your goal. And just like that, this website has grown more and more, my body and mind have become better and better. You never stop learning. In former times you were still in school and didn't have to worry about life. What you needed to know was put in front of you. Now you have to educate yourself, otherwise you stagnate. Let yourself be inspired by others and don't let them pull you down. Surround yourself with books by writers, instead of just with trivial television or social media.
The more you progress, the better everything becomes. It's much easier for yourself, if you don't have to blame yourself. This state is incomparable. Spiritual progress is the duty you should set for yourself.
He is the inventor or rather the CEO of AngelList (https://angel.co/). It doesn't have to tell everyone something, but Naval Ravikant has created a platform to invest in StartUps and support them.
He explains this briefly in the following YouTube video "It's All About Your Desires". But above all it's not about his company, but rather about inspiration (approx. 20 min). The Spartan Up! podcast interviews athletes or motivators for their show regularly. Ravikant talks about luck and hopes, as well as lifegoals.
Very inspiring and motivating. That's why I want to share this video with you. Have fun.