Quarantine can be easily confused with isolation. However, there is definitely a difference between the two terms. While isolation refers to an ill person or someone displaying presumptive coronavirus symptoms and is separated from those who are healthy to prevent the spread of the virus, quarantine, on the other hand, is when a person who is not sick separates themselves from others or drastically restricts their own movement to reduce their risk of getting the virus.
There is no denying that the world is in panic. However, even during this pandemic it is important to remain calm and do what you can to keep yourself and your loved ones safe, and safety includes having the necessary items in your home. This article is to help you prepare for quarantine especially because many people are working and schooling from home.
Here is how to get you and your family prepared for spending time at home during the coronavirus pandemic.
Food and kitchen
For the pantry:
- Dried beans, rice and other grains, like oatmeal
- Canned fish, soup and stews
- Essentials like oil, salt and pepper
- Smoothie blends and protein powder
- Coffee and tea
- Snacks that have a longer shelf life, like dried fruit and nuts
- Cured meats
- Meat and poultry (ideally vacuum-sealed), like chicken, beef and pork
- Avoid fish, which can spoil if not properly frozen
- Vegetables and fruit
- Pet food if you have a pet
- All-purpose cleaning spray
- A water filter (or filter replacement)
- Dish soap and sponges
- Paper towels
- Be sure you have a reliable thermometer
- Get a better work-from-home set up
Working from home for some people can be very distracting. If that is you, you need to consider best practices to help you be productive even when working from home.
These tips can help:
- Every day, wake up early, get a shower and get dressed for work to get yourself into the productive mindset and give you some kind of routine.
- Avoid housework as that can eat up into your work time. Working from home does not mean doing house chores. To avoid being distracted by home duties, do everything you need to do before starting your day. However, you may need to do them afterwards because doing too much housework before your normal work could get you tired and reduce your productivity in your job.
- Coordinate meeting schedules if you are living with someone else who is also working remotely to avoid disrupting each other. Share calendars or start the day by sharing your different schedules.
- Take breaks from work. You need to have boundaries even when working from home. Set aside time to eat, do home-workouts as it will not only keep you productive, but it will also help you remain sane.
- Video appointment and check whether your insurance provider caters for that. This way, you avoid leaving the house and going to the hospital especially in places where the hospitals are overwhelmed due to COVID-19 cases.
- Exercise: With the internet, it is so much easier to workout at home. You can get free workout videos on YouTube and if you already had an instructor, you could talk to them about having your sessions online. Exercising does not only boost your immunity, but it also helps with your mental health.
- Take care of your mental health: As the number of confirmed cases and the death toll increases in many parts of the world, panic is a common feeling for the majority of people. At this time, it is important to focus on your mental health. You should consider talking to someone especially of you already suffer from a mental health problems.
When going out, for instance to get more supplies for the house, ensure you practise social-distancing, wash your hands or sanitize with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when entering or leaving any store and before entering the house.
Disinfect your commonly touched surfaces like your doorknobs, tables and countertops. Also consider wearing a mask.
Be safe and practice self-quarantine, and do not leave the house unless it is necessary. That way you play your part in flattening the infection curve.