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Yianni Stamas reveals information about Manhattan Coronavirus.

It is little known that Stamas was a part of launching this blog back at the start of the pandemic in 2020. We felt it was a good time to check in with him and ask him what his feelings are currently about coping with present day challenges that have taken a turn, maybe not for the better, due to the delta variant

What was your part in establishing the first 100 days of this blog and how do you think that it will best continue its mission?

I think the original idea of Manhattan Coronavirus was to follow a family’s daily struggle that included having to stay indoors, desperately searching for ways to get food delivered, plus anything that happened. In the beginning we did not think that the pandemic would last any longer than 100 days, so the plan was to do a post a day for 100 days which is what happened. But then, 100 days passed, and it did not look for being able to get back to normal. Manhattan Coronavirus’ origin mission was to do the 100-day experiment. At this point the concept for the site has had to shift. The idea now is to occasionally post new updates such as this one.

Do you think it would be helpful to the wellbeing of others in these days of COVID to start a blog, or at least chronicle their ongoing experience, and if so, how and why?

It comes down to the individual. Some people have had cathartic moments of insight. Others do not want to be bothered with having to write something every day.

Are you currently keeping a COVID journal, and if so, does it help you deal with the everyday issues we all share while living with the pandemic?

I personally do not write in a journal every day, though if occasionally a thought comes up that I see needing to be written down, I do so. And yes, some of those ideas have to do with COVID.

NYC Family Caught in the Pandemic

Staying Indoors

Manhattan Coronavirus is the online journal dedicated to the first 100 days of our experience as an NYC family caught in the gradual unfolding of the Pandemic. The documentation of COVID-19 from our perspective really began on March 8th, 2020 in our daily online trek that we called Manhattan Coronavirus, featured on the website of the same name. This was the date we realized we needed to start to stay indoors in our home in Inwood, Manhattan (near Washington Heights), away from possibly catching the virus. A few days later, around March 11th – 15th, 2020, others across the country became homebound as well.

Hamptons Suggestion

I had been working from home for several years already, so when remote working became a “thing” I had already signed up. And then when COVID-19 hit, I was joined by my wife who started to do her job in our apartment. This happened on or in the range of March 15, 2020. At this junction, my wife and I, and our then 11-year-old daughter, buckled up for what was initially presented by the “experts” as being something that would blow over in a matter of a few months or so. In fact, my sister (who lives in California) suggested we hole up in the Hamptons for a few weeks to let the city thing work itself out. I appreciated her suggestion and where it was coming from, but I knew deep inside that this encroaching dilemma was going to last much longer than just a month or so.

The Reality of the Hamptons being a “Refuge” from the Pandemic

It turns out that not seeking out refuge in affluent Long Island was a good idea. Not only would it have been pricey, but that area was soon fraught with issues including the allegation that the rich people who owned weekend homes in the community purchased all the food in that area for their own personal reserves. This apparently left regular folk locals unable to shop for groceries because there were none. And thus, my family and I committed to waiting for it all to blow over in our New York City digs. But upon reaching the 100th day of the “Manhattan Coronavirus” web diary as seen in this blog, it was clear that the Pandemic was just getting started!

Yianni Stamas on the Official Closing of the Christmas Holiday

Will the Manhattan Coronavirus Blog Continue?

Entitled “Manhattan Coronavirus,” this website was originally conceived as a way to document a family’s quarantine due to COVID-19. This documentation process was done in the form of daily blog entries of the first 100 days of their in-home isolation. The next phase of posts could begin again as soon as 10 months after the initial quarantine process first began. We’ll have to wait and see if this happens.

Meanwhile, Christmas Celebrations End Today, January 6

You’ve probably heard of the song “The 12 Days of Christmas.” Well, today, January 6, 2021 marks the end of the 12 days after Christmas in the Gregorian calendar. Today not only signifies the end of the Christmas celebrations, but also the starts what is known as the “Carnival Season,” which ultimately comes to fruition with Mardi Gras.

No Cheery Man in a Red Suit

The Slovakia and the Czech Republic are among the European countries that participate during this time period in a tradition in which kids dress as the three kings and visit homes in their neighborhoods. These children receive cookies for their portrayals.

Dia de los Reyes Magos

Meanwhile, the Latin American ushering in of the Epiphany is known as Dia de los Reyes Magos. And in many Latin American countries, Saint Nick is not the bearer of gifts but instead this is done by the three wise men.

Queens and Brooklyn Worse Than Thought

Just the news we New Yorkers who stuck around in the city don’t want to hear: Queens and Brooklyn are worse than originally thought in terms of the Coronavirus. We tracked the first 100 days of the Pandemic in Manhattan on this website when people were still worried. Now, thanks to some lawmakers and those who are in denial, about 50% of folks walking around the city are actually wearing masks.

To be clear, masks are not worn to protect you from the virus unless you have the super duper ones. We every day people wear masks as a courtesy and being respectful of others, if we sneeze and other methods of transmission. Show some respect for you fellow humans, put on the mask.

“Cause Marketing Can Help You Get Through It.”

Getting through the pandemic is far from over. And now with the addition of looting and destroying, the times can be tense.

The following post is about how you can integrate current affairs into your blog which can do wonders for tension. And on top of that you may even be able to make a profit.

Success in cause related marketing often means motivating an audience to take action, such as purchasing a product or service. With a dedicated CRM campaign, you can reach and persuade your target group while also raising awareness for your business and its commitment to social responsibility.

That said, it is important that your business not be perceived as just doing this meaningful activity on the public’s behalf strictly to bring in more dollars. In that case this methodology can backfire. You need to be truly committed to your way of helping. Your audience will be able to feel it if you are not being authentic. That’s why it is a good idea to connect with a cause that is related to what your business does.

Also, the more you immerse yourself in your charitable activities the better so that you and your company are viewed as being philanthropic and altruistic. In the end, cause marketing involves you as a “for-profit” and the cause for which you are fighting for being the “non-profit.”

We now live in a time that it is virtually accepted that a company be engaged earnestly in helping others solve a societal problem. When your future customers go to your website you want them to see how you are helping your online/offline community which can be a reason that they’ll stay on your page to read more about what you are doing to make a difference.

And if you get proactive and feature your message in various outreach programs, studies have shown that over 90% of college age young adults are committed to helping causes and if they see that you are helping others are more likely to participate in your brand.

In closing we suggest that you always give from the heart and it is recommended that you do so in a way that your product or service already makes a difference and expand on that. This is because it brings visibility to what you do, while making you more visible in a positive light as seen by others.

Also, just like everything else, you need to look at your cause marketing efforts as a series of campaigns of your newsletter and your other means of reaching your customers and the public. Because engaging in cause marketing is a win-win situation with which your business can thrive as you help your community.

If You Own a Business You May be Asking What Now?

Pardon the rhyme, but here it is. “Don’t WAIT behind the GATE. You need to open it by yourself.

Problem Solving Content

Around a month ago we closed down this website as being a location for having access to daily journal entries, much of them about the Coronavirus. Now that COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise, we’ve decided to come back at least a month or so and bring you practical problem-solving content.

Restrictions Mount

This entry in our “diary” takes a look at a big issue today: how are businesses going to be able to survive if they either are prevented from opening or are operating at a fraction of their usual intake due to having to adhere to COVID guidelines?

Leveraging an Opportunity

The only answer to this question is that of having to find other areas to bring in an income from your business such as having an online component. Yes, we know that likely you have already thought of that and failed to make it work. Don’t give up. The Coronavirus is your friend if you know how to leverage the opportunity.

Create Profitable Marketing

For example, we know of a New York City salon owner in New York City who realized early on that if he didn’t act he would have to close down, so he chose to create profitable marketing. Create Profitable Marketing .com is a website that will soon have a course available called “Create Profitable Marketing.

Digital is Your Friend

We bring up the upcoming course “Create Profitable Marketing” as more than just a sales pitch to you. This is the way you need to start thinking if you want to survive. It’s not about waiting around for your marketer/web designer to get customers for you, instead you need to be proactive use online marketing. The name of the following site is the tact you need to take. The website is called “How to Do Online Marketing.”

Go to the Opportunity

Back to the salon owner we mentioned. Although his salons were located in Manhattan, he took his hair cutting expertise and his stylists to the opportunity rather than waiting around for it. What he did was to go to the Hamptons with his troupe and started cutting hair in the homes of the rich and famous. He was able to find his Hampton clients through a combination of referral and using strategies on his website along the lines of knowing how to Create Online Marketing.

Finding YOUR Opportunity

You can do this too. You just need to think outside of the box and ask yourself the question: How will DIY Digi (Do It Yourself Digital) work for you?

 

Day 100: Thanks for Going on this Journey with Us

Writing About the Experience

Hello on Day 100. Be well. Our beloved Manhattan is still largely empty outside. Even in Times Square where we used to live. Thanks for going on this journey with us. Clearly it is not over yet but our daily blogging for this website is. Your support has meant a lot and has inspired us to continue documenting our lives, sometimes while living through challenging times. A special thank you goes out to my brother and his wife for their interest and kind words, Our goal all along has been to develop communication. We have tried to create communication through sharing our tale. This is something that many New Yorkers have lived through (and continue to live through) and therefore our story can be very much like theirs, though not all have been writing about the experience.

Watching Coverage from Both Sides

And of course just because on Day 100 we are calling quits the daily documentation, it by no means is over. We are still staying in lockdown mode even though things have been “easing.” The truth is that many in Manhattan continue to ignore the social distancing, wearing of masks and washing hands frequently. Also, out of the threat of the virus has evolved another kind of threat. The threat of having to choose sides. Our country is divided and there is nothing in between. They say you are on one side or the other. And yet we do not feel this, which puts us at risk from both sides. It is implied that if you don’t pick one approach or the other, both sides will come after you. Admittedly I watch both CNN and MSNBC (so called “Left” Democrats) AS WELL AS Fox News (supposedly just conservative Republicans).

One Point of View or the Other

Frankly I don’t approve of what either side is doing. Both are all about an “us” or “them” mentality. This is going to be a big problem moving forward for us because you are not allowed to agree with some of the principles from BOTH sides. As well as  NOT agreeing with many of the “values” from BOTH sides. The concept of true bipartisanship simply does not exist anymore. And yet, that is what myself and my clan believe in. Stepping outside of our apartment is going to mean we shall be constantly tested by others so they can discover our alliance. We are going to have many negative and possibly even violent experiences because you can’t be for all people. It is required you be one point of view or the other.

The Rage Continues to Grow

In our apartment we hear the sounds of outside: loud fireworks and firecrackers being set off at 1:00am, angry rap music and honking. The so called agreement for both sides is a belief there are bad apple cops. The Republicans’ denouncement of tainted officers comes across as being them trying to ensure votes for the next reelection they encounter. And the democrats aren’t even attempting to find some common ground. They are committed to their beliefs and angrily adhere to their own point of view. It is a civil war of ideas and actions. On Day 100 the “New Normal” when we were just talking about COVID-19 was one thing, but now it is even tougher to define than ever. No budging from either side. Violence from looters and vandals (alongside peaceful protesting) from the left and violence  including tear gas from the right. We are in the middle. Does that mean violence toward us from both sides? Or can we actually be a part of a solution? I am afraid for my family finding out as we move closer to going outside. My wife wants to try to go outside today. I am going to attempt to talk her out of it. There is too much wrong with the world (let alone our neighborhood) here on Day 100. We may be stopping the daily reports for this blog, but the rage outside continues to grow. Goodbye on Day 100. Be well. Our beloved Manhattan is largely empty outside. Even in Times Square where we used to live. Thanks for going on this journey with us. Clearly it is not over yet. That said, I have to go do the laundry. It’s early enough that I may get the washer and dryer I like most.

Day 99: The Second to the Last Day of this Blog

Will Likely Update this Site Monthly or So

What we’re really going to explore in this second to the last installment is discipline. It clearly has taken a certain amount of discipline to reach nearly 100 entries to this site. Though, truth be told, there was a day toward the beginning that we forgot to do a post. I was almost thinking of going to Day 101 to make it exactly 100 actual posts but have decided with input from my family that tomorrow, Day 100 will mark the end of the daily approach. On occasion we will be bringing you quarantine updates, but this could be as infrequently as monthly or so.

Still Will Use Precautions

But how did I manage to have the discipline to document 100 days as of tomorrow? The answer is that I wanted to have some kind of record of what these times were like. We’re not out of the woods yet with the virus nor with the upheaval of contemporary issues, but this does feel like some kind of a turning point for COVID-19 if everyone participates. That means keeping social distance, wearing a mask and doing lots of hand washing.

Tomorrow is the Day

I have been motivate also to do a certain amount of blog updating on other websites. I have discovered my limit for being disciplined to do daily updating. So I will likely be transferring the daily discipline I had for this site onto another site I do but have been doing monthly on it. I may start to do it daily. I have to think about this still and will let you know tomorrow. I may even tell you what the site is tomorrow or at least leave some clues. I’m going to leave all my “thank yous” for tomorrow on Day 100 so see you then!

Day 98: Trying to Avoid the Need of Medical Professionals

Good Health

My 11 year old daughter pointed out to me yesterday that she is the only one who has truly been in quarantine for nearly 100 days because when either myself or my wife brings downstairs (in a mask of course) the eco items like bottles and plastics, each of us steps outside momentarily to reach the bin. My daughter is correct. This is true. We have been outside. Be it only a matter of seconds. Hopefully getting a few moments of sun for Vitamin D. My daughter has on her side, thankfully, is in youthful good health and does not need the sun as much as we do.

Working Toward Not Needing

The trick is to avoid the need of medical professionals. Why? Because of course that we are in lockdown and can’t go out. And members of the medical profession have largely not been doing check ups. Though, from what I’ve heard, dentists are back at this point. This is good because I keep getting pains in my teeth. But I work toward not needing doctors of any kind.

The Moral

Yet, that said, I have a tele-meeting later today with my doctors as a kind of check-in. What is the moral of this story? Try to avoid the need of medical professionals.