Astronaut Chris Hadfield shares tips for self-isolation during coronavirus

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Astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield knows a lot about self-isolating while in space. 

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Self-isolating and social distancing to help slow down the spread of coronavirus
isn’t easy, but for astronauts like Chris Hadfield it’s part of the job. Working in close quarters with limited supplies while far from family and friends is what astronauts must get used to while working for months at a time in space. 

On Saturday, Hadfield posted a video called Astronaut’s Guide to Self Isolation to help those struggling with working from home or just feeling stir-crazy during the pandemic. 

Hadfield offers ways to cope with self-isolating that he learned from his time spent in space. “Understand the actual risk, don’t just be afraid of things,” Hadfield said in the video. “Go to a credible source and find out what is truly the risk that you’re facing right now.”

Hadfield recommends you have a mission and make goals during this time. Decide what you want to get done and what you need to accomplish. He suggests people start a new project or study something new like how to play guitar or learn another language

“Take care of yourself, take care of your family and friends, take care of your spaceship,” Hadfield said. 

Hadfield isn’t the only astronaut with tips on self-isolating during this difficult time. NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin said he was “lying on my ass and locking the door” to protect himself from the virus. Sage advice, indeed.

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