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Coronavirus advice: Astronauts' tips to surviving self-isolation - 'Just like the ISS'

Coronavirus infections have surged past 400,000 globally as more countries announce nationwide lockdowns. On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered the nation to stay home to stop the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Trending Today (March 25) India implemented its own lockdown for the next 21 days.

The draconian measures are being enforced after coronavirus infections rapidly accelerated from mid-March.And though many people will isolate at home with their closest family, there is a growing concern about the mental health of those struggling to deal with loneliness during this crisis.In a bid to help those in need, astronauts who have lived off-planet for months at a time, shared advice on how to cope with isolation.

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Sainsburys delivery crisis: Customer left to die How to survive the coronavirus isolation the astronaut wayAccording to NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who lived on the International Space Station (ISS) across three missions, the key to survival is communication.

While on the ISS, the astronaut lived 250 miles (402km) above the planet, with limited contact with the outside world.She told CBS This Morning: Its actually very doable but its important to be able to interact well with the people that youre staying with.And interesting, a lot of people are trying to work from home, and trying to be parents from home, and have a family from home.

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COVID-19 gives us a higher purpose muchPeggy Whitson, former NASA astronautWe stayed on the station and had to interact as well.The astronaut said it is critical to be able to communicate well with those around you in situations where your life depends on it.She added a good motivator to keep spirits high is acknowledging it is all being done for the greater good.

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