Astronaut Chris Hadfield speaks about self isolation from experience

Astronaut Chris Hadfield has released a short YouTube video with tips on self isolation. It’s called “An Astronaut’s Guide to Self Isolation.”

The audio on the 2:05 minute video is a bit low, so crank up your speakers.

Hadfield commanded the International Space Station in December, 2012.

“I’ve spent a little time self isolating — onboard a spaceship,” he said.

Among his tips:

  • Understand the actual risk. Don’t just be afraid of things. Seek information from a credible source about the true risk you’re facing;
  • Decide your mission — what do you want to get done;
  • Consider what are the constraints;
  • Take action to do things — not necessarily the same things you did before. This can be a time to take on new challenges that you can do while in isolation, like starting a new project, learning guitar or learning a new language, read a book or write.

“It’s a chance to do something different that you’ve never done before. And then repeat,” he said.

“There has never been a better time to self isolate,” he suggests, with some much information about everything available on the internet. “You have the entire written work, all the body of everything right there at your fingertips.”


Author: Richard McGuire

Richard McGuire is an Osoyoos photographer who worked at the Osoyoos Times between 2012 and 2018, first as reporter and then as editor. He has a long career in journalism as well as research, communication and management at the House of Commons in Ottawa and in the federal government.