Covid-19 My personal experience of every-day life in Milan, Italy, and summary of Italian News translated into English. Hope you enjoy and find it helpful and informative (I’ll try my best).

Milan, Italy, 13th of March, 2020.  

Positive cases n. 14.955; Deaths: n. 1.266; Recovered: n.1.439. 

I believe that although we’re only at the beginning of this pandemic we’ve already had some good news coming our ways. 

My mother’s eighty-two and lives across the hall from me so I understand how difficult this can be for the most vulnerable but it’s my belief that with the proper information and prevention we can ALL be safe.  

As I’m living in the epicentre of the western world epidemic and have the luck of speaking both English and Italian, I can easily translate the Italian News thus making it more accessible to English speaking people.  

I will also try to report on every-day life in Milan with the purpose to show that life goes on as usual albeit with a few adjustments due to the health situation 🙂  

My advice? Act as if Covid-19 were already a national emergency and act accordingly.  

Here in Milan, our hospitals, all over the country, are currently using “Tocilizumab” which has been proven to speed up recovery of patients on respirators/ventilators. Its typical use is for rheumatoid arthritis but at the Cotugno hospital of Naples, Italy, MD. Paolo Ascierto, president of the Melanoma Foundation and head of the Oncology, Immune therapy and Innovative therapies of the National Institute for Tumours, IRCCS Pascale, has said it’s proving very effective in treating Covid-19 pneumonia on a off-label basis, i.e., not for the illness it is usually prescribed for (Rheumatoid Arthritis), with great results. The pharmaceutical company Roche supplies it free of charge.  

Germany is distributing test kits all over Europe, once we have more access to tests things will improve exponentially. Meanwhile self-isolate, do not visit with family and friends, do not go to crowded places.  

The virus might prove to be air transmitted which would mean it would have the potential to travel EVERYWHERE so start protecting yourselves and your loved ones ahead of time.  

Right now, in Italy, we’re not allowed to leave our homes apart from going to work (by either car or public transport), going to the supermarkets and chemists or to take our pets out. City parks are also off-limits.  

The above mention activities we are still allowed to engage in, must only be undertaken if absolutely necessary, on our own, wearing ppf3 masks and nitrogen gloves and by carrying a self-declaration document that attests and justifies our movements. This is good because it’ll halt the spreading of the virus and allow both patients to recover and medical staff to deal with the emergency before becoming overwhelmed.  

There’s no food shortage as goods are allowed to move freely and supermarkets receive fresh products daily hence no need to panic.  

The only items which are proving difficult to find are disinfectants, especially alcohol-based ones, nitrogen gloves and ppf3 masks so now it’s a good time to stock up on them together with disposable tissues and paper towels.  

Also, items like fresh milk, fruit and vegetables are harder to find at the weekend when more people go to the supermarket hence, whenever possible, we try to shop during the week days. 

Those who are able to work from home (smart work), are encouraged to do so while those who have no other option but going into their usual places of work – think doctors, nurses, cashiers, etc., – will be sent home the minute there’s a single case of infection in the work environment in order to self-isolate (quarantine is not the correct wording as it means forty days), for a fortnight to make sure they don’t develop the symptoms and spread the virus further.  

Obviously, all of this has dire consequences on the economy but right now it seems the most sensible option and I hope all countries will soon implement the same measures; the sooner the better.  

Opening and Activating The Chakras by Deepak Chopra

Clicking on the link below will take you to you tube to listen to a Luverly guided meditation by Deepak Chopra on opening and activating the seven Chakras–or energy centers– whilst taking some time off from the hectic pace of life.

A concise description of the content of the meditation is written below the link, for your convenience.

Enjoy!

Chakras Meditation Guided by Deepak Chopra

1st Chakra ~ Root Chakra ~ Located at the Base of the Spine ~ The Colour we visualise is Red ~ Mantra: Om Dakini  Namaha (I Activate My Security) ~ to Gain Peace, Security and Safety; to Find Grounding ~ Focusing thought: My Life Energy Protects and Secure Me.

2nd Chakra ~ Sacral Chakra ~ Located just Below the Navel ~ the Colour we visualise is Orange ~ Mantra: Om Rakini Namaha (I Activate My Happiness) ~ to Activate the Ever-Present Source of Happiness, Creativity, Pleasure and Joy ~ Focusing thought: My Life Energy Is Bringing Me Pleasure.

3d Chakra ~ Power Centre ~ Located in the Solar Plexus, Navel Region ~ The Colour we visualise is Yellow ~ Mantra: Om Lakini Namaha (I Activate My Power) ~ To Activate a Balanced, Power Centre bringing Confidence, Self-Esteem and the Strength to Meet Life’s Every Challenge ~ Focusing thought: My Life Energy Organises Life Effortlessly.

4th Chakra ~ The Heart Chakra ~ Located in The Heart Centre ~ The Colour we visualise is Green ~ Mantra: Om Kakini Namaha (I Activate My Love) ~ To awaken the true Nature of Love, to Encourage the Flow of Life Energy that can Heal Feelings of Loneliness, Isolation and Anxiety: The Symptoms of  Lack of Love ~ Focusing thought: My life Energy is Love.

5th Chakra ~ The Troath Chakra ~ Located in the Throat ~ The Colour we visualise is Light Blue ~ Mantra: Om Shakini Namaha (I Activate My Creativity) ~ To activate our True Voice so that we may Freely Express our Unique Gifts and Perspective with the world; accessing our Creativity and opening to the Free Flow of Authentic Expression ~ Focusing thought: My Life Energy Expresses Its Truth.

6th Chakra ~ Third Eye ~ Located Between the Eyebrows, in the Middle of Forehead ~ The Colour we visualise is Purple or Deep Blue ~ Mantra: Om Hakini Namaha (I Activate My Intuition) ~ To Awake our Inner Vision, Inner Wisdom and Intuition ~ Focusing thought: My Inner Vision Wisely Guides My Actions.

7th Chakra ~ Located at the Crown of the Head ~ The Colour we visualise is Violet ~ Mantra: Om Katyayani Namaha (I Activate My Pure Awareness) ~ To Activate Self-Awareness, Creativity, Intelligence, Joy and Effort-Less Flow of Life ~ Focusing Thought: My Life Energy Radiates The Light Of Being.

Om: is considered the most elemental sound of creation. This sacred syllable represents the primordial sound of the universe, the underlying vibratory power behind all existence. As we repeat Om we open to our essential connection to all this is, we align ourselves with the vibration of the universe, and we affirm that we are one.

Namaha: When mindfully repeated during meditation, this sound creates a sacred energy vibration which flows outward to the world, and then abundantly circulates back to fill us within. It is a way to gently lean into–and surrender to–the divine presence within your deepest heart while affirming the same divine presence that dwells in the hearts of all beings and in the entire universe.

Namaste,

Alecs

Memory, Mood and Focus Super-Herb: Bacopa | John Douillard’s LifeSpa

This super-herb is called Bacopa monnieri.

It is understood to be the most potent and effective nerve and brain tonic in Ayurvedic medicine.

As you will see, by clicking on the link below, it has been traditionally used to treat mental health concerns, mood issues, and memory, focus, and cognition functions.

Memory, Mood and Focus Super-Herb: Bacopa | John Douillard’s LifeSpa.

Please note that Bacopa Monnieri is NOT the same as Gotu Kola, Brahmi or Centella Asiatica.

Read the ingredients carefully and, if possible, go organic.

Blessings,

Alecs

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