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What to do during the coronavirus crisis by Dimitrij Aleshkov

Updated: Apr 15, 2020

During the present novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we need to focus on helping professionals with their jobs. I totally understand that after reading all 69 status updates in social media about coronavirus you think you know best about what the government, health care professionals, neighbours, animals and all other creatures around you should do. But I would still recommend trusting the professionals who take care of us. If you are not a health care professional or researcher or a Government expert, then stop sharing fake and dramatic information.

When this pandemic is over, what will you tell your kids and grand-kids about this time? Will you tell them that during this quarantine you learnt to play the piano, or a new programming language or advanced math, or proved your skills in Spanish, German or whichever language you prefer or would you tell them that you spent a lot of time reading articles and following everything that was happening and maybe even engaging by commenting and sharing probably fake news with your friends.

So, here are a few official organisations that can update you with latest official information about the virus:

World Health Organization (WHO)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

If you are really interested in understanding what a virus is and what it can do to your body please apply for free on-demand courses by top world universities:

Virus-host Interactions in Infectious Diseases

Ebola Virus Disease: An Evolving Epidemic

Both MIT and Coursera have plenty of free and paid courses that can help you to learn a lot of cool things! Why not become a programmer or teacher by studying online?

And, if you want to relax there some games you can play, here are a few suggestions:

If you don't have symptoms and want an outdoor activity, download the app geocaching and read more about this really amazing outdoor game. (Add me as a friend: aleshkov)

Why not start to play good old Pokemon Go:

If you are in quarantine you can play chess online (add me as a friend: aleshkov)

Clash of Clans ( Add me as a friend #9C02VV8YP)

Clash Royale (add me as a friend #8YVVRCGQR)

Roblox (add me as a friend: aleshkov)

SnapChat (add me as a friend: dimitrij83) There are plenty of cool games in here too.

Dimitrij Aleshkov moved from Odessa, Ukraine to Helsingborg in 2000 and is a serial entrepreneur with a number of initiatives running around the city. In all likelihood, many of you would have already met him. He also runs a programming club for children as part of Coder Dojo Hbg, among other things. Want to get in touch with him? Write to him at


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