Most of my friends have spent their quarantine in either Los Angeles or New York. In other words, they’re either inhaling smoke from all the fires, witnessing violence on the streets, dodging or contracting the coronavirus, or deciding on the upcoming 2020 elections. During my Bali quarantine, I’m usually saving a bug in our pool, deciding what beach to visit, making a cup of fresh Kintamani coffee, ordering fresh veggies from a local farm, or trying to create work online.
Keep in mind, while I can follow the same media outlets as my fellow Americans do. I choose to ignore most of that noise. It’s a big distraction for me, and besides, I already sent in my ballot for the November election during my Bali quarantine.
And, while the Bali quarantine has its ups and downs too, I have to admit. I feel pretty lucky to be here. Every morning I wake up to a beautiful wife in the tropics, just a few miles from the Indian ocean surrounded by majestic cliffs and incredible surf.
But, something is missing. Yes, the scenery is breathtaking, the culture is vibrant, and the vibe is mellow, but most expats in Bali can agree that something is missing. That something is you. Bali thrives on visitors, expats, nomads, travelers, entrepreneurs, and businesses who come here. There can’t be magic without you. It’s too damn quiet here, and Bali simply needs you.
Bali quarantine has done its job, now go!
The coral reefs, animals, forests, and mountains have all had enough time to heal, it’s time for this pandemic to vanish, vamoose, get the ^%#@ outta here!, hasta la vista baby, you catch my drift, adios Corona.
Bali doesn’t have fires and violence raging across the country, nor does it have any political tension at the moment. However, we still wake up with similar realities as those in the USA face such as health risk, sanity, finances, and stress. We just have a better view and a better overall vibe. Although, I still seek some type of normality while I’m in my Bali quarantine mode such as watching an MLB, NBA, or NFL game. I feel good when I do. I also frequently call friends and family to say hello. But, most of the time, I continue to make this site better, finish my portfolio at geraldwinik.com or practice my writing.
Oh my God! I’m stuck in paradise!…….cool!…..but wait.
Back in April 2020, my flight was canceled and it was impossible for me to find a way back to the USA for work. I thought, “well, at least I’m in paradise’. Back then, the USA had at least 17,000 confirmed cases then the following week, there were 54,000 confirmed cases. By June first USA had 1,837,170 confirmed cases and 106,195 deaths. By August 24th, 2020 there were 5.68 million confirmed cases and 176k deaths in the USA. Now, as of October 12th, 2020, there are 7.79M confirmed cases and 215K deaths. I’m not leaving my base here in Bali for any reason other than an occasional keep-my-sanity-beach-run.
My worst prediction came true back in the USA
Back in May, It was estimated that even if social distancing methods could reduce infection rates by 95%, 960,000 Americans would still need intensive care. They said there were only 180,000 ventilators in the U.S. and barely enough respiratory therapists and critical care staff to look after 100,000 estimated patients.
At that time, many Americans were still on the fence about social distancing, testing was not obtainable to everyone, and there weren’t enough masks to go around even if people weren’t wearing them, which they didn’t. Americans may have been able to avert the worst predictions about COVID-19, but they didn’t. This is another reason I stay here in Bali although Bali quarantine wasn’t much different when it came down to people getting infected.
Like I said back in March, and I will say it again. It will take all nations to end this pandemic. While one country seems to have everything under control, another country suddenly spikes again. The virus is a silent killer on its own course making its way through the world host by host, leaving only immune survivors.
When The Music’s Over
Will our world ever be the same again? Will Xenophobia be the cause of nations to divide? Which Conspiracy theory will resurface next? Who will we blame for all this? Should we point our fingers at the Chinese and their appetite for exotic animals? Italy for ignoring the social distance warnings? Or Donald Trump for not warning Americans soon enough?
How long will we stay on Bali quarantine
What will Bali be like when the government tells its nation it’s safe to go outside and play again? How long will it take for things to return to normal? Will Bali’s economy be able to bounce back without tourism? While Bali has stood the test of time against, natural disasters, and even terrorism, this is a lot different. With very few visitors coming here, a lot of businesses dependent on tourism will go bankrupt.
Staying possitive during Bali quarantine
It is a fact that there is a lack of testing, people still fail to keep a social distance, the recovered are still wheezing and gasping for air, there are collapsed economies everywhere, high unemployment rates and deaths continue to increase throughout the world. Even though the world has so many negative effects from the Coronavirus, there has to be some good coming out of this right?.
Some of the possitives a Bali quarantine can have are:
- Governments will re-evaluate methodologies used to handle pandemics. Creating better methods to prevent future pandemics or epidemics.
- Corporations may rethink their supply chains and start manufacturing locally as well.
- The environment may recover, even if it’s only for a short while.
- People and businesses will reduce their travel and rely more on technology.
- Working from home will become the new norm, and employers may convert to this new system which will give everyone more enjoyment in their lives.
- Anti-vaxers may reconsider their views.
- People and establishments around the world will improve their personal hygiene. resulting in less spreading of colds and flus.
- There will be a decrease in the world population not due to coronavirus deaths, but, people will actually think about the future of their kids.
- Wild animal eateries will decline throughout the world.
If you need someone to talk to while on Bali quarantine or need help making sense of things, please do not hesitate to contact me.