The best part of the war against coronavirus is that humanity is all joining forces to fight it. Although those in the realms of power, medical teams, and pharmacists are at the forefront of it all, it is one that concerns all races and skin colors. Staying home and staying safe is the only way we can help the fore-fighters to keep on top of the fight against the virus that is gradually eating into the skin of humanity with no regard for age or gender.
Since staying home has become the new going out, it is, therefore, imperative that we all keep looking out for how best to stay alive and safe even in the confines of our houses. That is why this article is here to show you how best to be part of this fight against the virus by being obedient to the quarantine and self-isolation rules.
Self-Isolation, Quarantine, and Staying Indoors
Over time, people have misunderstood the concepts of Self-Isolation, Quarantine, and Staying Indoors. Hence, this misconception has created a wide range of confusion and panic-preparation in citizens across the globe. Therefore, before we dive into the article, we will try to set straight the misconception.
Staying Indoors means staying within your compound. Stated differently, it means not going out for work or leisure. However, one can still go out to the front yard, go on a hike, but staying true to the social distancing order. Self–Quarantine, on the other hand, is a voluntary decision to stay indoors by anyone at the risk of the COVID -19. According to the CDC, the recommended days for self-quarantine is 14 days. Self – Isolation is almost similar to Self-Quarantine. However, it is for people that have already tested positive to the coronavirus.
Home Quarantine Guide
Here are some survival tips and guidelines to navigate this challenging period even as you stay at home
1. Be Properly Informed
Information is the key to life. Therefore, you need to keep abreast of all the necessary information about the pandemic. Do not give in to wrong or fake news about the virus, as many of such abound already. The most reliable way to get first-hand information is to check the World Health Organization website or your national Center for Disease Control website. National and reputable media, too, give up-to-date information about happenings as regards COVID-19 around the world.
2. Take the Reign from Fear
While coronavirus may kill thousands, if care is not taken, fear may kill tens of thousands! Fear is a monster. But then, courage with a sense of responsibility is not the lack of fear but the ability to stay in control despite all concerns. Just because you need to stay at home or quarantined does not mean that the world is coming to an abrupt end, and so one has to panic- shop. You do not need to hoard toiletries, food, or other necessities just because you need to fill up the house. Hence, the first guide you need to know on how to prepare for coronavirus is that you should not give fear the front seat of your mental health at this period. Instead, stay calm, stay safe, and, most importantly, stay at home.
3. Practice Social Distancing
If the need for you to go out to get specific necessities come up, try as much as possible to be responsible enough to practice social distancing. Social distancing means the deliberate creation of physical space of about six-feet between yourself and others. Practicing a reasonable level of social distancing at this period will go a long way to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
4. Eat Fruits and Vegetables More
Boosting your immune system also plays a very vital role in preparing well during this period of virus outburst. Therefore, try to stock the house with enough fruits and vegetables that can last two weeks. Taking a lot of clean water during this period will also go a long way in helping you boost your immune system.
5. Reach out to Other People
At this period, it is imperative to reach out to other people such as other family members and friends that do not stay with you. Reaching out means that you should try as much as possible to check up on people around you. To a large extent, this act will go a long way to help you stay sane and emotionally stable, as well as the other person you are trying to reach. You can achieve this by phone calls or text messages.
6. Maintain Daily Routine
Maintaining your usual and daily routine is also very important while preparing yourself for coronavirus. However, you should try to avoid outdoor activities. During this home quarantine period, you need to maintain a healthy and balanced diet, engage yourself in regular and routine exercises, set and have indoor movie dates with yourself, or with non-infected family members or friends with you at home. You can also engage in games like chess, cards, or other board games. You can also tap into your creativity at this period. Go online and get started with that drawing, cooking, or painting class.
7. Reduce Boredom
It is usual for boredom to want to set in during this period, especially if you are not used to staying indoors. However, you can make the best of the indoor stay. You can reduce the level of boredom that may set in by engaging in things that you usually do. Try to make your job a remote one by working from home. You can also try to set up a period amidst the whole drama going on around you for your family (have some family time).
8. Get Constant Medical Advice
Another guide that can help you stay on top of this infection while observing the home quarantine is to make sure that you have a standby medical practitioner. Getting a medical practitioner will go a long way to help you get necessary as well as useful information about the virus. You don’t have to meet them physically, since they may be busy saving the lives of other infected citizens. But if you notice any symptom, you can call on your doctor, and he/she will advise on what to do.
9. Maintain a Positive Attitude
Most of the negative things that happen to humans started from their minds. Therefore, you must try as much as possible to guard your mental space at this period. Try as much as possible to stay positive during this period as that will help make things better and more comfortable to a large extent.
10. Stay Away from Pets
During home quarantine, try as much as possible to stay away from pets. Although it is still sketchy whether pets can transmit or contract the pandemic. However, it is crucial to limit your closeness and cuddliness with the pets, especially if you are having symptoms of the infection. If you cannot do without touching or taking care of the pets, make sure you wash your hands before and after taking care of them. If you are already having symptoms of the infection, you may want to put on a face mask while having contact with them.
11. Disinfect Surfaces Frequently
Another thing you need to take note of while preparing yourself for the home quarantine is then frequent disinfecting of surfaces. Going the extra mile to make your home surfaces such as doorknobs, tables, and so on clean and sanitized will go a long way to help you to stay on top of the pandemic.
12. Avoid Touching Your Face
Since it is not possible to wash and disinfect surfaces every second you touch or hold something, try not to touch your face often. Although it may be hard to avoid touching, it is not impossible. You should also try to cover your nose and mouth whenever you cough or sneeze. Better still, try to cover the nose and mouth with a tissue or sneeze into your elbow.
13. Wash your hands Frequently or Use an Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer
Another thing that can help you is to try to wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds under running water. However, if you do not have the chance to wash your hands, you can also make use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers. That is why getting a sanitizer this time is a necessity.
Shopping List – During This Coronavirus Outburst
You must understand that staying home and indoor is the best way for you to avoid contracting as well as spreading this virus. However, it is also understandable that one will need to shop during this period, too. If you are pregnant, sick, 64 years or older, or immune is compromised, you shouldn’t go grocery shopping. This is because you are more prone to be at risk of getting infected. Get someone who is healthier and younger to do this for you.
If you have to go out for groceries, you should go with your wipes and wash your hands before and after shopping. You could also go very early in the morning or later in the night to avoid crowds at the store. However, rather than putting yourself at risk during this period, you should explore the online shopping option. You should also know that hoarding items or panic shopping are not what you need right now. Try to get yourself Life Straw Bottles, Electric kettle, First Aid Kits with acetaminophen, Diapers, and other baby supplies, Medications, Hand Sanitizers or Hand Soaps, Face Masks, Non- Perishable Foods amongst others during this period.
Two Weeks of Non- perishable Food Supply
During this period of social distancing, people are to stay indoors, so this will cause a lot of businesses and shops to close down, involving shops that sell foodstuffs. As such, it is advisable for every household to stock up their food supplies, especially nonperishable goods. These are foodstuffs that do not get spoilt quickly over time, it can last more than the regular perishable products, so it would be best to get these. Examples of these perishables that should be purchased are canned foods. These are Nonperishable because they are stored in cans and not exposed to microorganisms that would lead to decay.
For this period, getting more of canned food is advisable like canned vegetables, canned fishes, canned tomato paste, asides from getting canned foods, another Non- perishable that you can stock up are cereals, your flakes, and oats. Also, you should get bottled drinks to avoid dehydration. Your fridge should also contain enough flavored drinks and energy drinks for strength.
Another crucial thing is your seasonings like salt, blended pepper, blended ginger and garlic, seasoning cubes, curry thyme. You should also get your beverages, like your milk, chocolate, and coffee. To keep you active at all times, then the other important things you need to get are your core foodstuffs, which are rice, beans, flakes, oil, spaghetti, the list still goes on.
For easy organization, here is a list of the items you may need to stock up on before you go through with the home quarantine. Their links have also been included so that you can easily purchase them.
- Dried Fruits and Raisins
- Sanitary towels
- Shaving sticks
- Video games
- Bread and Cereal
- Peanut butter
- Cleaning supplies
- Hand sanitizers
- First Aid Box
- Hand soap
- Laundry Detergent
- Teas and sports drinks
- Pain and fever reliefs medicine
- Canned foods
- Frozen foods
Enough said already; it remains the will-power to take the necessary action. Granted, times will be tough (if it is not already tight in some places), but the issue on the ground is a matter of life or death. Of course, we believe your choice is life. So, you should consider following the tips in this piece and stock up your house with the essentials.