The global pandemic hit the UK hard – recording almost 1 death for every 10 confirmed cases. Pubs are closed, there’s nowhere to go, and there is a palpable hint of panic in the air. The COVID-19 virus may be the largest disruption to the lives of most of the planet in recent memory, but these are necessary changes that we need to make to keep our loved ones (and the rest of the populace) safe. .
Nobody knows if they’re infected and testing kits are precious and few. You can be asymptomatic and be fine – spreading the disease to the people around you without knowing it. Self-isolation ensures not only that you don’t get the virus, it also ensures that you don’t spread the virus if you unknowingly have it. Stay at home, spend time with your family, and try to get things done around the house. Watch a movie or two and find ways to entertain yourself. Being cooped inside the house can be stifling – but it is necessary and would definitely save lives. The constant stress will have everyone on edge, so mind your temper and don’t let situations escalate to volatile levels.
Limit Your Trips Outside
The virus is literally in the air and you risk exposure every time you go outside and come across potential carriers. Face masks can provide a modicum of protection – but add a pair of safety glasses if you want to be a bit more protection (the coronavirus can enter through your eyes). Schedule your trips when there are fewer people in the groceries and make a list so you can buy everything you need in one go. Try to maintain a distance of 2 meters from the nearest person – especially those without masks or seem a bit under the weather. Once you get home, throw all your clothes into the laundry basket and give yourself a good scrubbing. Washing your hands might not be enough – so taking a bath ensures you get rid of any germs (and grime) on your person.
Don’t Stress Out
Easier said than done, but try not to lose any sleep over the pandemic. Stress can put you on edge and compromise your immune system. Lack of sleep, fatigue, and depression make you more vulnerable to the effects of the coronavirus. Sleep allows your body to heal and it is the time your immune system is most active. Not getting enough sleep will make you more prone to catching a disease (not just corona, but any kind of sickness) and more vulnerable to its effects. Fatigue, hunger, and dehydration can also compromise your immune system. Make sure you consume the proper amount of food and water – and try to add a bit more fruits into your diet. Take afternoon tea or maybe a cup of ginger ale. Green tea and ginger boost your immunity, so drink up. Try to get a bit of exercise. Walking around the house will do and try to get 10-15 minutes of sunlight while you’re at it.
You and your family should stay indoors and self-isolate until the pandemic dies down. Once it does (don’t head to the pub just yet), let another 2 more weeks pass before you let go of the masks and the social distancing. Send champagne to your friends and loved ones to toast your survival and the passing of the pandemic.