What You Should Know About Self-Isolation
At time of publication, there have been 219,332 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to the World Health Organisation, with 8,969 deaths in total. A week ago, there were 105,586 cases.
Because of this exponential growth in new cases, many countries around the world have taken drastic measures to prevent the spread of the virus, such as banning large gatherings, shutting down everyday institutions such as schools and cafes, health screening tests at airports and lockdowns.
The number of cases has been steadily increasing all over the world. New South Wales saw the highest increase in new cases on the 16th, with thirty-seven new cases reported, and bringing the total amount of cases to 171.
Doctors have recommended that those who have the virus, or suspect they may have contracted it from someone, isolate themselves for two weeks.
To clarify: self-isolation means no direct social contact. People who have been instructed to self-isolate have to stay in their houses throughout the duration. Even for people who don’t believe they have the virus, it is still highly recommended that they reduce contact with others by staying home as much as physically possible.
Flattening the curve
Flattening the curve refers to reducing the demand on healthcare workers, as there will be fewer people to take care of. Therefore, doctors can effectively treat more patients. This can only happen if we reduce the virus’ spread, and right now, the only way to do that is to self isolate.
What does self-isolation mean?
While experts recommend that you don’t leave the house, you can spend time in private outdoor areas, such as a garden or balcony.
If you have to go outside your home to take the bins out, it’s best to wear a surgical mask. Even walking around your local area is deemed acceptable as long as you wear a mask and don’t talk to anyone you pass.
Doctors encourage you to keep your routine as normal as possible, while also incorporating some daily exercise. There are a variety of exercise videos online you can choose from to keep yourself active during this time.
Maintaining good habits such as getting enough sleep and eating a balanced diet are especially important now for your recovery, or to keep your immune system healthy.
When it comes to getting essentials, you can organise deliveries from the supermarket directly or ask people close to you to pick up groceries for you.
Making the best of it
You can best utilise your time in self-isolation by working from home. Discuss with your employer if this is an option for you.
There’s also plenty of books, movies, TV shows and art projects you can partake in to keep yourself occupied. If you’re feeling lonely, phone up a friend or use social media to stay in contact with them.