Thursday, 26 March 2020

5 things you have think about prior to a quarantine

From a personal perspective, I would say that we are living in a dark and scary time right now with the covid-19 outbreak and the many consequences that follow in its path. One of these is the famous lockdown, curfew or quarantine. This is a situation that many of us now are experiencing and many more will in the coming weeks. It doesn't sound that bad at first thought, but when you all of a sudden are in the middle of it you kinda get a change of heart on the matter. Trust me on this one, if you haven't done anything to prepared for it you will be heading down a dark alley fast. Living in forced isolation is the least enjoyable thing to have to go through and that's why it's important to prepare for it in advance.

I am by far an expert on the matter, but since I am currently living under an isolation regime, it does feel like I am in a position to at least give some advice on it. At the same time, I would recommend that you check out the American centre for disease control and preventions info site on the topic (Resources for home). You might find some good tips you could implement in your own home. The thing is that most of us will at one point in time experience a curfew or isolation policy like this regarding the covid-19 outbreak, so why not make it as comfortable and enjoyable as you possibly can? I am not talking about going out raiding grocery stores for toilet paper or any other non-essential items, just be prepared.

Prepare your household: As I see it, this might be one of the more important on this list and its something that you should have gotten out of the way early in the outbreak. If you haven't gotten to this point yet, then its time to step up the gameplay. I am not talking about going out hoarding stuff. What I am talking about is getting that extra food into that pantry of yours, paying your utility bills and other household service costs you might have running just to be on the safe side of things. Nothing worse than getting your internet or streaming service cut over lack of payment, right? As I see it, this is all about the everyday wellbeing of you and your family in a situation like this.

Secure your entertainment: This one is almost just as important as paying your utility and service bills because while being locked up in your home you do need the entertainment to get your mind off the current situation. Without this having something to “escape” into during your curfew situation will get many times worse. If you don't have a gaming console and can afford one. If you have one, buy some new games. Stock up on e-books, audio-books or traditional ones. Get your hands on as many family-friendly board games as possible. You know, healthy fun for the entire family? At the same time, extend your collection of streaming services, you never know how long the curfew will last!

Focus on your household hygiene: From a personal and maybe a bit paranoid point of view, I feel like this one might be the most important one for a few reasons. As I see it, it's all about minimizing the chance or danger of spreading the virus inside the household. This isn't only about your hygiene, but just as much as a preventive measure. You will need to go out during the lockdown, either because you need to walk the dog, go to the shop or go for other errands. At this point, it's important to have a system for disinfection and “clean up” after being outside. I know this might sound extreme and paranoid, but as I see it it's better to be safe than sorry. 

Take care of your mental health: Since it looks like this virus situation will stick around for a while its important to take care of both your physical and mental health. When it comes to your mental health it's important to keep yourself busy with something. If you are lucky you will have the option of working from work as I do, but if that's not the case then the advice about entertainment comes into play. I get stuck into a computer game or something when I am not busy with work or spending time with my lovely family. I am not saying that spending all day on your computer gaming is a solution in any way, but just read a book or watch a movie with your loved ones. Main thing is that you stay sane.

Stay home and indoors: This isn't advice but in my book pure common sense. We are in the midst of a serious virus outbreak and for everyone's benefit, we all have to take our share of the misery, if you understand where I am heading with this. This is also why it's important to be as prepared as you can be in a situation like this. If you have followed my four previous tips and hints on how to prepare and act in an emergency like this, you would be ready for it and you will be able to get through it with a minimum of problems. You have what you need to get through a day, in most cases and stay healthy while doing it. It is simple, it's all about flatlining the spread of the virus and that's why a curfew or lockdown is important.

As mentioned earlier, I am no expert on this and I have no background in medicine, but my list is based on my experience from living under a lockdown regime for almost two weeks now. So I do kinda feel like sharing my experience so far. I can tell you this much, its no walk in the park by any means and even worse if you are a social person. I am the type of person who more or less lives my life in the office working, but this adventure is testing my limits in so many ways. At the same time, this is something we need to go through if we are going to succeed in defeating this virus with a minimum of casualties. I know it sounds grim, but its the reality we are living in right now.

Anyway, I didn't mean for this post to get as dark as it did at the end there, but it's important to take this situation seriously and act accordingly. In the same breath, I want to apologize for the focus I am having on the covid-19 outbreak these days, but I guess its kinda normal since I live amid the outbreak and very isolated. At the same time, I hope you found the article interesting to read and maybe got some ideas about how you will prepare for when you are in the same situation as we are now. You can also check me out on Twitter (Jack Bowler Sr), on Instagram (Beyondour Horizon) and you can support me through Ko-fi (Jack Bowler Sr). Thank you for your attention.

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