The coronavirus is dangerous because of how easily it spreads from person to person. If you believe you have it or have been confirmed to have it through testing, then you will need to self-quarantine.
Self-quarantining is a precaution that everyone should aim to take if they have been in an infected area or are experiencing flu-like symptoms. Though the chances of you yourself dying or reaching a critical state are overall low, if you are infectious, you could pass the disease on to someone who is at risk. Those who are older or who have underlying health conditions are at risk of reaching a critical state if they catch the coronavirus. Quarantine yourself if you have a cold, take these precautions, and get better fast:
Try to Stay Away From Non-Infected Family Members
This can be difficult if you live in a small space, but if you can try to stay away from members of your family who aren’t sick as much as possible. This might mean further quarantining yourself to your room while testing is done or while you are sick. It might mean having your non-sick family member stay with a friend in the area instead. Go through your options to help reduce the risk of spreading the disease to others.
Order Food and Supplies to Your Door
When you are under self-quarantine, you won’t want to leave your home, even if it’s just to buy groceries. Thankfully there are many door-to-door options out there. Your grocery store might offer a delivery option, or you might have to go with a company like Uber Eats or Post Mates.
Do note that some companies have changed their policies in light of the coronavirus, so you might not see the delivery person, and instead have your order placed outside the door instead of handed to you.This also applies to supplies. There are many online retailers to help you bulk up, even for medical supplies like a finger bandage or medicine. Knowing how and where to shop for these items is going to be important when it comes to caring for and providing for your family under self-quarantine.
Catch the Cold
While you are sick, you will want to catch the cold, so to speak. Have tissues at the ready to cover your mouth or nose if you cough or sneeze. Immediately throw the tissue out and then wash your hands. This will help reduce the spread of the coronavirus in your own home.
When to Seek Medical Attention
For most, the coronavirus won’t feel any different from the common cold or flu. For some, however, it can be deadly. If you have trouble breathing or otherwise cannot care for yourself at home, you need to call medical services. Don’t call an ambulance unless it is an absolute necessity. If you do need their services, you will need to inform the dispatcher that you have the coronavirus so that they can take the necessary precautions to reduce infection in the hospital.
Bonus: Work from Home
Many jobs have tasks that can be completed right at home. This way, you don’t have to take leave or unpaid leave while you recover. Instead, you can handle admin work right at home and stay productive while you are recovering.