Photo credit: Michaela Musilova
Self-isolation, along with social distancing, are helping stop the spread of the coronavirus, and who better to ask for tips than astronauts? In addition to having experience living in cramped spaces with limited resources, they mostly spend time alone. Astrobiologist and astronaut trainer Michaela Musilova, director of HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation), offers some helpful tips.
The white dome where she works is located atop the Mauna Loa volcano on the island of Hawaii, and NASA as wellas other space agencies frequent this facility for their astronauts, scientists and researchers prepare for life beyond Earth. One tip is treating a face mask like a space helmet to avoid touching your face.
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If you ever have trouble breathing, it’s really important to slow down, take deep breaths and calm down. Everything we’re doing will serve this greater purpose of helping humanity. You’re doing the same thing today by staying home and self-isolating. You’re saving people’s lives,” said Musilova.