Self-Quarantine and Precautions Under COVID-19
In an era marked by the unprecedented spread of the COVID-19 virus, the terms 'self-quarantine' and 'social distancing' have quickly become household phrases. As global communities grapple with containment and mitigation efforts, understanding the nuances of self-quarantine and the necessary precautions associated with it has become paramount. By willingly taking these steps, individuals play a critical role in slowing the virus's spread, protecting vulnerable populations, and easing the strain on healthcare systems. This article aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the importance of self-quarantine, along with practical tips and strategies to make this period both safe and bearable.
Why Self-Isolation is Important during COVID-19?
Self-isolation minimizes the risks of Coronavirus infection it is the number one advice for keeping yourself and others safe during the pandemic. When going out for essentials make sure you wear a mask and gloves, keep the social distance for at least 1m, avoid crowds, and use hand sanitizer.
Proper Hygiene during the Pandemic
You can get infected with COVID-19 by touching infected surfaces and then touching your eyes, mouth, or nose so it is crucial you have meticulous hygiene to avoid that. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds multiple times a day, especially when you are outside or you come home. Keep a sanitizer and antibacterial wipes with you at all times to disinfect your hands and other objects you are touching.
Checking your Temperature during COVID-19
One of the most common symptoms of the new coronavirus is a fever. The normal adult human body temperature varies from 36.5–37.5 °C (97.7–99.5 °F). A reading from 38 °C or 100.4 °F is considered a fever and if it is above 39.4°C or 103 °F then it is a high fever and can be a sign of a serious infection that needs immediate medical assistance. Usually, our normal body temperature varies during the day so we tend to have lower temperatures in the mornings and higher in the evenings. This is why it is important to check it multiple times a day so you can have a more precise reading and see if your temperature rises.
Self-isolation from People in Your Household
Mild cases of infection with COVID-19 can be treated at home so if you live in a household with other people and you notice symptoms or you suspect yourself an infection, self-isolate yourself from them and do not leave the house. Communicate with them about your suspicion so they will be conscious about keeping their distance. Choose a specific room you will stay in alone and if you can a specific bathroom. If not, make a schedule for using common areas of your home so you will not contact each other. Clean and disinfect the space after you use it.
High fever usually indicates that your body fights infection but Coronavirus symptoms can vary from person to person, or not show at all, fever not being the only indicator of it.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, tiredness, or fatigue. You can also experience headaches, sore throat, diarrhea, and runny nose.
Severe symptoms of Coronavirus are difficulty breathing, persisting pressure or chest pain, high fevers, confusion, bluish lips or face.
If you notice any of these symptoms seek medical care immediately!
Social Distance during a Pandemic is a Must!
If you need to go outside for essentials try to not go near other people. Keep away from crowded areas, don't go shopping during rush hours, and keep a distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet), preferably more. Be patient, wait in line, wait for others to leave before you go in and don't socialize. The virus spreads rapidly through airways so avoid putting yourself and others in danger.
Going to the Hospital during COVID-19
Medical care is crucial but being in a hospital during the COVID-19 outbreak can be dangerous. If you can avoid going to a hospital you should do so. But if you need immediate assistance because of the virus or other reasons call your doctor/hospital and check how you can be safe and also not endanger others. Ask how safe it is for you to be there and what measures should be taken beforehand, and also if you have the possibility to avoid the hospital and have your doctor check you at home.