Our country is practicing social distancing, a term that is becoming widely used in everyone’s vocabulary since coronavirus began spreading in the United States. While it is something we didn’t commonly practice before March, most of us will be well acquainted with what it means over the coming weeks and possibly months. All in an effort to flatten the curve to lessen the impact on our beleaguered health care system.
The U.S. is a service driven economy. In order to get through this pandemic, we have to avoid getting together with friends and family, hanging out at restaurants and bars, and traveling. Keeping distance from others is a small sacrifice everyone can make to keep the number of cases of coronavirus down.
Coronavirus Update: What You Need to Know
The United States has over 14,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number will keep climbing, especially if people do not practice social distancing. Officials in some cities and states have started to order community lockdowns to help stop the spread of the disease.
The spread of the coronavirus is certainly imminent, and with that, more people will be required to quarantine or isolate themselves.
Anyone with COVID-19 or who has come into contact with someone who has it, is recommended to stay at home and away from others for 14 days and until all symptoms — fever, cough and shortness of breath — are gone.
Turning inward and being alone more can be difficult for many. Here are some tips to help you through it.
Prioritize Your Health Even if You’re Healthy
The CDC recommends washing your hands frequently for 20 seconds with warm water and soap. Hand sanitizers should be used when washing isn’t available. The virus spreads from contact with a person who has the disease. It can be transferred through sneezes or coughing.
At this time, it is best to avoid close contact with others. That means no hand shaking or hugging with people. It is important to not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
It is also important to make sure you are taking care of yourself even if you have no symptoms of coronavirus. Doing so will help keep you calm your immune system up. Eat well, exercise and sleep eight hours per night. Keeping a routine will help your physical and mental health.
If you are experiencing anxiety, depression or any other mental health symptoms, see a therapist. If you can’t leave the house, or wish not to leave, this is a good opportunity to try video chats with healthcare professionals.
Work From Home
Sticking to the same schedule you had before coronavirus began can help you stay focused. So get up at the same time as if you went into the office. Keep the same routine and keep in close communication with your manager and coworkers. Try to work from a desk or location outside of your bedroom. Stop working at the same time you normally would. It will be different, but it is possible to maintain productivity as long as you have the right tools and support from your workplace.
Socializing doesn’t have to end just because the government doesn’t want people out and about. Technology makes it easier than ever before to video chat with your friends and family. Consider eating meals or playing a game together over video chat.
If you are staying at home to avoid illness and you are finding yourself with a bunch of extra time on your hands, consider taking up a hobby or doing things you enjoy. Spend time outside to connect with nature. Enjoy walks or runs, but be sure to keep at least six feet away from others who are doing the same.
If you’re feeling motivated, it is good to challenge yourself to accomplish something you never seem to find time to do. Being stuck at home gives you plenty of time to read a book, play an instrument, knit, create art, garden or cook. Your time will be much more enjoyable if you have something to enjoy and create.
Your goal can be to accomplish something small, or to work on something you’re passionate about. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t meet all of your self-quarantine goals. It is a worrisome time and the most important thing is to reduce your stress levels. Remind yourself that it’s ok to spend time doing nothing or binge watching your favorite show. It’s important to stay engaged with what is happening in the world. But try to have fun. What’s more, do something each day where you don’t think about coronavirus.
Just remember: As with all things, this too shall pass. But in the meantime, stay safe.
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