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Ex-Wife Sick. Daughter Sick. 3 Friends Dead. Everyone Knows Someone.




A New York City Housing Authority retiree ticked off his running tally: an ex-wife sick, a daughter sick, and three old friends dead. In Queens, a young poet learned a friend’s parents are in the hospital, one on a ventilator.

And Qtina Parson of Parkchester, the Bronx, gave a grim reversal of the cheerful family updates one expects from the proud mother, sister and aunt that she used to sound like just a couple of weeks — a lifetime — ago.

“My nephew — sick, he’s 28,” she said. “Him and his girlfriend. My sister-in-law, she’s 46, she had it.” Her son, Marcus, 18, is with relatives in South Carolina, where he has developed a fever and a cough. “But he’s out there cutting grass,” she added, as if saying this aloud would make it true: “I’m telling him it’s his allergies.”

New Yorkers have watched in helpless fear as the coronavirus, with dizzying speed and ferocity, truly took hold of the city in recent days. With more than 1,500 dead, many have already lost someone in their circle — a co-worker, an old friend from high school, the parent of a child’s classmate. The parish priest, the elderly neighbor upstairs. A mother, a father.

If the pandemic can be thought of as playing out in weeks — the week the restaurants closed, the week schools closed, stores closed — this has been the week its true grip was felt throughout the city.

“It is the great equalizer,” said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday at a briefing. “I don’t care how smart, how rich, how powerful you think you are. I don’t care how young, how old.”

To many, the rules of engagement suddenly changed this week.

“They were saying, ‘just if you’re immuno-compromised,’” said M. Marbella, 27, a poet and writer who recently learned that a friend’s parents were both in the hospital. “Now everyone’s dropping like flies.”

The speed could make it feel unreal. A person who enjoyed dinner in Manhattan before attending a Broadway show exactly one month ago could today be sick, mourning a family member, out of a job or all of the above. There was next to nothing to compare it to; thousands lost a loved one on Sept. 11, but those losses arrived in a single terrible day, in an instant. Some reached further back to find a comparison, to World War II or the Spanish flu of 1918, or beyond.

“It’s like the plague from England from the 14th century,” said Max Debarros, 67, in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

It is a plague playing out not only on the streets, but also on the screens, racing through people’s Facebook accounts and Twitter feeds as old friends and friends of friends announced personal losses. The threat seems to be everywhere.

“Every day on social media, we see someone new,” said Audrey Cardwell, 30, of Sunnyside, Queens. At first skeptical of the outbreak’s potential — “it felt like fearmongering” — she now seeks ways to address the anxiety she feels, through meditation and walks with her dog. “I have to monitor how much I’m reading and scrolling,” she said.

Likewise, Leora Fuller, 33, of Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, who said two of her students at Rutgers University-Newark had been hospitalized, is focusing more on friendships and her own well-being. “Real care,” she said, “like not, ‘Oh, I’m going to buy something for myself.’”

Other means of coping play out across the city. Aurelio Aguilar, 36, at work in a bodega on the Lower East Side, drinks a concoction of ginger, lemon and mashed garlic, his grandmother’s recipe to boost the immune system. In Fort Greene, Aidan Sleeper, 36, carries a homemade mix of 30-to-1 water and bleach and sprays every doorknob he’s about to touch.

In Long Island City, Queens, Glenn Harris, 54, celebrated a birthday last week with 20 friends on the videoconferencing platform Zoom — “people from all over the country,” he said. At the same time, Andy Arroyo, 35, planned for the worst and spoke of the gun he’s owned since Hurricane Sandy struck in 2012.

“It may seem like an overreaction, but you really can’t predict how people will act during desperate times,” said Mr. Arroyo, who lives in Port Chester, in Westchester County, and was on the way to a potential job in the Bronx. “I need to make sure myself and my loved ones are safe.”

Americans over all, not just in large cities, are feeling the arrival of the coronavirus in their own lives. A Civiqs/Daily Kos poll this past week asking 1,505 adults in the United States about the pandemic found that 13 percent had been infected or knew someone who had, and that 60 percent worried they would become sick.

The coronavirus was an abstract concept to Cat Harper, 59, in the Bronx, until word arrived that members of her family’s church in Long Island City were becoming ill. Then, her sister began coughing, and it wouldn’t go away.

Her sister tested positive and was admitted to Montefiore Medical Center several days ago. “I was starting to get scared that I might not get to see her ever again,” Ms. Harper said. She called, but many days her sister’s throat was so sore she could barely speak.

“She was seeing all the other people around her, a lot of them way sicker than she was,” Ms. Harper said. “She was probably thinking that would happen to her.”

Instead, she recovered and was released to quarantine at home. Other families have had much worse outcomes.

“There are people that are close to me, that I know, who are sick,” said Angelo Alston, 60, a retired employee of the New York City Housing Authority. “My ex-wife. My daughter. A friend of mine in Georgia that I grew up with passed away. Two other friends that I grew up with also passed.”

He moved to Pennsylvania years ago, but was back in the city after the death of a stepson from a nonviral medical condition — a terrible loss at any time, but now, also a threat, bringing family back to the city to claim his remains.

“I’m trying to get out of here,” he said.

In Fort Greene, Blair Smith, 35, was already dealing with a sick relative when she ran into a neighbor with bad news about a handyman, Jorge, whom they both knew. He had just died.

“Oh, my God,” she said. “It’s like watching a storm and you’re just watching for that moment when it really hits.”

Dion Faria, 44, of Bedford-Stuyvesant, was more annoyed than afraid when he was forced to keep his club on Pacific Street closed. Now, with Facebook friends of friends getting sick and a viral video of bodies being loaded into a refrigerated truck outside a city hospital, he finds himself imagining a time after this one.

“Hopefully, the gates open,” he said on his stoop, “and we all go back to living.”

Jo Corona, Matthew Sedacca, Jeffrey E. Singer, Alex Traub and Rebecca Liebson contributed reporting.

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I have started to do Yoga, Hiit at home, and what am I, or I start to notice, after a few sessions, the abdomen and legs firmer?




Give the profile of Irene Alda on Instagram has been the best thing that could have happened to me now that I am so much time at home. This yoga instructor teaches a discipline that is defined as Yiit, that is to say, yoga+hiit. For those that missed workout in the fitness room, the TRX, the machines of strength and dumbbells, the possibility to practice this discipline at home is a real gift because it has it ALL:

· You do not need any itemwork with your own body. Great, if you don’t have gym gear at home.

· Incorporates cardioperfect for our heart to pump and to move the oxygen, so complicated when you can’t even walk.

· You work a lot of the flexibility so that the body acquires a very harmoniouswithout mark too the muscles.

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How Bubonic Plague Has Helped Russia Fight the Coronavirus




MOSCOW — In a remote alpine meadow in Kyrgyzstan a few years ago, a teenage boy killed and skinned a marmot. Five days later, his parents carried the sweating, delirious boy to a village hospital where he died of bubonic plague.

Like a ghost from the medieval past, the plague still makes occasional, unwelcome appearances in remote regions of the former Soviet Union, where it survives today in wild rodents.

Over the centuries, with improved public hygiene, the plague declined as a threat. Today, as a bacterial infection, it is treatable with antibiotics, if caught in time.

But the plague was still a lethal menace in the 1920s and also an embarrassment for the Soviet Union, which established a specialized state agency to track and contain it.

Successors to that agency still exist in Russia and in half a dozen other countries that were once Soviet republics, and, with their ready quarantine plans and trained personnel, they have become a mainstay of the regional response to the coronavirus.

“Of course, it helped” early on, said Ravshan Maimulov, director of a regional antiplague service in Kyrgyzstan who examined the teenage plague victim when he died in 2013. He used the same quarantine plan that he had instituted after the boy’s death to respond to the coronavirus in March.

When the 15-year-old had arrived at the village hospital, “the body was still damp from sweat and I felt swelling under the armpits and chin,” Mr. Maimulov said. But the boy was too far gone to save, and he died within hours.

Mr. Maimulov, 57, trained at a Russian antiplague institute called Microbe. After the boy’s death, he had the authority to immediately put in motion plans for a lockdown, even though at that point they had only a partial diagnosis.

He relayed the news to a regional governor in code — they would need to implement “Formula 100” — lest word leak and inhabitants of the village, Ichke-Zhergez, should try to flee before the door slammed shut.

“We needed to prevent them all from running away,” he said. By the next morning, police checkpoints were in place and the village was sealed.

On his recommendation, the authorities in the surrounding Issyk-Kul region used the same approach in March in introducing coronavirus lockdowns. “We worked under the operative plan for the plague,” Mr. Maimulov said in a telephone interview. The region of about half a million people has reported three coronavirus cases, he said. Kyrgyzstan has reported five deaths.

Russia maintains 13 antiplague centers, from the Far East to the Caucasus Mountains, five plague research institutes and multiple field stations. In March, the authorities moved new laboratory equipment into the antiplague center in Moscow to expand its ability to test for coronavirus.

The Microbe institute, originally dedicated wholly to bubonic plague but later expanded to tackle other infections such as cholera, yellow fever, anthrax and tularemia, models the spread of the coronavirus.

Starting in January, directors of antiplague centers in the Eurasian Economic Union, the Moscow-led trade alliance of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia, held conference calls about the coronavirus. And a plague institute in Odessa, Ukraine, is among agencies responding to the coronavirus there, officials said.

“The very fact that Russia and the other former Soviet states are, exactly, former Soviet states means a common legacy,” in health care, said Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center. A legacy of focus on epidemics helped, he said. Soviet health care had haphazard success at treating individuals but “could respond like the military to epidemics,” he noted.

Other analysts of former Soviet medical services say that, in the longer term, the Soviet legacy will prove no gift. The capacity to counter epidemics had degraded while little was done to improve an ability to treat patients, according to Yevgeny S. Gontmakher, a professor at the Higher School of Economics and an authority on Russian health care.

“The plague doctors were the elite of a hundred years ago, not today,” he said.

In Kyrgyzstan, Mr. Maimulov works in a wooden laboratory in what had been, until a few weeks ago, the medical backwater of plague control. Most years, he plans for campaigns of spraying insecticide into rodent burrows, to kill fleas and slow the spread in animals.

The disease cannot be fully stamped out. “They are rodents, they reproduce quickly,” he said. “It’s not worthwhile to kill them.”

The family of the 15-year-old boy were herding sheep in the mountains and trapping marmots for fur as a sideline. The boy skinned the marmot with a razor blade. Though the Black Death typically spreads by flea bite, in this instance the boy caught it simply by nicking his finger.

Eventually, 32 villages were put under quarantine while about 700 nurses went door to door looking for infection. Marmot hides were collected and burned. But the antiplague team had acted quickly enough. The boy was the only confirmed case.

Oleg Matsnev contributed reporting.

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A strength training and cardio that you can do at home in 15 minutes




That we are confined does not mean that we train: it is one of the key guidelines to maintain a healthy life style, also in these circumstances. So, today I bring you this training that combines strength work and cardioto get a full workout without the need to use more material objects that you have at home.

This training, although we followed, consists of two parts: an anaerobic, in which we will seek to increase the strength due to our body weight and other cardiovascular to finish the training. All training will be able to complete from the same room of our house.

We begin with the part of strength in which we will perform the following exercises one after another without stretching a lot of break times. We will not set a specific time, but the idea is that you will not recover at all between sets and you get to the next series somewhat tiredbut you can complete it.







Funds triceps on chair






Remo table



And finally we ended up with a small interval training of high intensity with a structure Tabata in which we will do a single exercise. In this case we opted for the burpees since this is an exercise very complete and in addition, with little time, it will speed up our body and help to burn a lot of calories. If you want to, you can choose another: the skipping, the hopping with jumping rope or jumping jacks are good examples.

Choose the exercise that we choose we will do six or eight sets of 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest, thus completing between three and four minutes of cardiovascular work.

As always, so you can be sure to perform each exercise properly we will explain them one by one.

A cardio workout without jumps, and without material with exercises to do in your own home


We started working our legs with a squats free of weight and deep. We put the feet with a separation similar to the width of our shoulders, the soles of the feet well supported on the floor and the toes facing forward.

In this position we bring the buttocks back slightly, while keeping your back as upright as possible at all times and flex the knees to perform a movement similar to that which we would want to sit in a chair that was behind us. Keep in mind that the weight must fall on our heels and not on the toe.

Funds triceps on chair


To work our arms, mainly the back, we’re going to make funds with a chair or on a chair. We place ourselves in front of the chair or armchair, we support the hands with the fingers facing forward and support our feet on the ground.

From this position flexionaremos our elbows until they form an angle of about 90 °, directing always our elbows back. After, we will stretch our elbows to return to the initial position.

Remember, if you are a beginner, you can put your knees bent and your feet close to your glutes for ease of movement, loading and less weight. If you’re already an expert, keep your legs straight and feet clear of the buttocks.

15-minutes of training material with exercises to put your abs to the point at home


push-ups chest-workout-at-home

To work the pectoral there is nothing better than a few pushups at home. We can do them with your feet flat, if we have strength, or on our knees if we are beginners or we are unable to complete the 12 repetitions.

We will stand on the floor with the palms of your hands directly beneath your shoulders, and the forefoot of both feet or knees on the floor. In this position flexing our elbows, guiding them backuntil the chest touch the ground and return to stretch your arms to complete one repetition.

Remo table

To work our back home we will perform a rowing invested using a table and our body weight. We will stand under the table (you can also use a chair, though you will have less travel in the motion), and hold both sides of the table with the hands.

In this position we force by bending our elbows and getting close to our chest to the table all possible: it is a movement of pull similar to the rowing that we can do in the gym or in a dominated. Then down, controlling the movement until your arms are fully stretched to complete a repetition.


We ended up with this cardiovascular exercise in format Tabatathat will help us to finish the training by burning calories. The burpees put together different movements to work virtually the whole body: a squat, a push and a vertical jump. Remember that in this training we’ll do six to eight sets of 20 seconds of work and 10 rest.

We begin standing in a relaxed position, with the legs open to the width of our hip. Perform a squat and we support our hands in the soil: with a leap, we carry our legs backward up into a pushup position or plank front. From there, we made a bending, touching our chest with the floor, or relying directly on the floor if we are newbies. We return to the pushup position and, with a jump, collect the legs forward: we go back to stand up and chain a vertical jump, to help us bringing our arms up.

This article was originally posted by Victor Falcon in march of 2019 and has been revised for republication.

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