Posted on: March 18, 2020 at 2:18 pm

As the world currently battles the Covid-19 virus, countries are closing down cinemas, cafes, bars, and other public places that will facilitate the spread of the virus. In Spain, people have been restricted from leaving their houses. In Italy, restrictions have also been placed on people owing to the rising number of infected persons. In France, the cinemas, restaurants, clubs, resorts, and skis have also been shut down. In the United States, a national emergency has been declared.

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As the toll keeps rising, businesses are taking it upon themselves to ensure that both their workers and customers are safe from the virus. As a precautionary measure, many have shut down their businesses indefinitely. One business in particular – Shedd Aquarium, have closed their door to visitors.

So what happens to the animals?

Since the aquarium no longer welcomes visitors, caretakers have found innovative ways to provide enrichment to the animals – they allowed a group of rockhopper penguins to leave their habitat and explore other parts of the aquarium. The result? Nothing short of amazing [1].

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In a video posted by the aquarium, Wellington, the penguin, seemed to be interested in the fishes. What’s more? The fishes seemed interested in him as well, with a number of them stopping to acknowledge their ‘guest.’ 

“Wellington seemed most interested in the fishes in Amazon Rising. The black-barred silver dollars also seemed interested in their unusual visitor,” the aquarium said in the tweet.

The caretakers are also planning to introduce more activities and experiences that will keep the animals busy and encourage them to explore more.

“Without guests in the building, caretakers are getting creative in how they provide enrichment to animals. Introducing new experiences, activities, foods, and more to keep them active, encourage them to explore, problem-solve, and express natural behaviors,” the aquarium told The Chicago Tribune [2].

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We need daily ” Wellington’s Adventures at the Shedd” updates!”

Unsurprisingly, the tweet has garnered a lot of likes, shares, and comments across all social media platforms. The video also has been viewed for over 1.4 million times, with most users agreeing that it made their day better.

“This is fantastic for Wellington! He looks like he had an awesome day.  Love that he looks like he’s experiencing sensory overload. And the fish look excited to see him, too. Multi-species enrichment activity. We need daily “Wellington’s Adventures at the Shedd” updates!” one Twitter user said.

Until March 29, the aquarium will remain closed. This is coming after Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Illinois Governor, ordered all restaurants and bars to shut its doors to the public to mitigate the spread of the virus. 

How to protect yourself from getting infected with the Covid-19 virus

The figures of infected persons in the United States are soaring at an alarming rate. Several celebrities have also tested positive for the virus. This has seen the government make efforts to contain the spread of the virus. But while they are doing their bit, we as individuals need to take the necessary precautions. Covid-19 is no respecter of rich or poor. For each one of us, the rule is the same – Self-care. Here are a few tips that you should have in mind [3].

Social distancing

Now, this should not be mistaken for complete isolation. Coronavirus spreads when one comes in contact with an infected person’s sneeze, spit, or cough. Even if the person hasn’t begun to show symptoms, there’s still a high chance of contracting it. As such, it is paramount for you to avoid large social gatherings. Now is not the time to attend or organize a party. However, ensure you do not cut contact entirely with the people that matter. FaceTime your parents or relatives. Check-in on your grandmother. Play an online game together. You can as well schedule a Skype hangout.

Do not dive into destructive habits

They say that an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. While it might be tempting for you to engage in self-destructive habits like substance abuse, do not give in to that temptation. Strictly follow your regular healthy eating plan. The most important contribution you can make at this time is keeping your immune system as healthy as possible.

Take up a new hobby

At this point, movies are not going to cut it. Since many schools and businesses have closed temporarily, you need to find a new hobby that will keep you busy. Challenge yourself to do and learn new things. Learn how to play a video game, crochet, and knit.

Alternatively, you can decide to listen to audiobooks or check out new music. Whatever you choose, ensure you keep your mind busy. Together we can, and we shall beat this virus.

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  1. With the aquarium closed to humans, penguins take opportunity to explore and visit other animals. CNN. Alicia Lee. https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/15/us/coronavirus-penguins-shedd-aquarium-trnd/index.html. Accessed 17-03-2020.
  2. Shedd penguins take a ‘field trip’ as aquarium is closed. Chicago Tribune. Steve Johnson. https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-ent-shedd-penguins-field-trip-20200315-bpo4v5cwwnggzjp5ghccme3ray-story.html. Accessed 17-03-2020.
  3. 15 ways to practice self-care in the time of coronavirus. Quartz. Hannah Kozlowska. https://qz.com/1818622/how-to-practice-self-care-during-coronavirus/?utm_source=YPL&yptr=yahoo. Accessed 17-03-2020.
  4. March 15 coronavirus news. CNN. Jessie Yeung et al. https://edition.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-outbreak-2-03-15-20-intl-hnk/h_a3e1fe2412ee1a5b75882d4673e53361. Accessed 17-03-2020.
  5. Penguins in the Amazon?! Some of the penguins went on a field trip to meet other animals at Shedd. Wellington seemed most interested in the fishes in Amazon Rising! The black-barred silver dollars also seemed interested in their unusual visitor. Twitter. Shedd Aquarium. https://twitter.com/shedd_aquarium/status/1239248971006185478. Accessed 17-03-2020.
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Stacy Robertson
Writer and researcher
Stacy Robertson is a writer and researcher with a B.A and an M.A in English Studies, and a strong will to literally touch all areas of life especially health by her own chosen form of artistic expression. Stacy has authored several articles on a range of different topics concerning nutrition plans and diet benefits for different kinds of people.

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