In the wake of the ongoing pandemic, many public and private organisations in Pakistan have allowed their employees to work from home. Moreover, the government of Sindh has also ordered the closure of educational institutions, parks, picnic spots, shopping malls, restaurants, and markets; in short, each and every public place across the province will be shut down. These actions have been taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus, which can easily transmit from one person to another, unless they are at least 6 feet apart from each other. So, if you also want to prevent the spread of this highly contagious disease and don’t want to fall victim to it, then you’ve come to the right place. In this blog, we’ll discuss every important thing you need to know to prepare for home quarantine, which will help you stay safe and virus-free indoors.
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How to Prepare for Home Quarantine: Things to Know
Before we start discussing ways to prepare for home quarantine, let’s learn more about quarantine and find out if it is any different from self-isolation
Quarantine Vs. Isolation: What’s The Difference?
A lot of people get confused between quarantine and isolation. They think that these two terms are the same, which is not true. According to Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a renowned health agency in the US, the state of quarantine is to prevent people from falling sick or catching a viral infection or disease, even if they appear healthy at the moment. On the other hand, isolation is for people who are also sick or infected and may potentially transmit the disease to others, which is why they are advised to keep themselves isolated until they recover.
Even if you are not sick or have no symptoms of coronavirus, there is no harm in going for the option of self-quarantine at home as a preventive measure, owing to the current situation. So, let’s discuss some important steps you need to take to prepare yourself for home quarantine due to coronavirus.
Gather Food Supplies
Since you’ll be home for days to come and will not be leaving the premises until its safe outside, you might need to gather all the necessary food supplies beforehand for at least two weeks. In case, you think the supplies you have gathered have fallen short, then you can go for the option of online food services and grocery stores, which may offer you home delivery but that totally depends on the availability of such services in your area. However, if you are a dweller of the city of lights you can get your grocery ordered and delivered from these online grocery stores.
Some important grocery items that you can stock up for longer periods of time include rice, beans, nuts, canned vegetables and more. There are many different options for frozen foods and ready-to-fry items easily available in the market that can also be beneficial for you if you have a family to cook for.
Get Your First Aid Box Ready
Before you prepare for home quarantine due to coronavirus, you need to get your first aid box stocked with all the necessary medical supplies to effectively deal with minor emergencies at home including headaches, fever, cuts, and sprains. Always keep your medical kit in easy reach as you may never know when an emergency situation may occur. Essentials for every home first aid kit may include band-aids, cotton balls, antiseptic, gauze, elastic bandages, antiseptic solution, surgical tape, safety pins, scissors, medicines, tweezers, thermometer, topical pain relief ointments, pain killer tablets, hot water bottle, cold packs, and gloves.
Deal With Pets Carefully
You cannot expect your pets to be pristine but maintaining good hygiene is an essential step for you to prepare for home quarantine. That means you need to wash and sanitise your hands before and after petting, touching and feeding your pets. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), you need to wash your hands for at least 20-30 seconds to properly santise them. However, hand sanitiser may also come in handy in such a situation. On a side note, you can also check our blog in which we have given you the recipe for preparing your own home-made sanitiser.
Precautionary Tip: Avoid using hand sanitiser if you have visible grease or dirt particles on your hands instead go for the option of handwashing since it works for all types of germs.
Keep Doors and Windows Shut
One of the key things you need to do to prepare for home quarantine is sealing your abode to keep outdoor pollution at bay, especially when you are living through the coronavirus outbreak. However, before shutting down all the inlets, make sure that you deep clean your home in order to avoid indoor allergens infestation. Here are a few more effective ways to maintain your indoor air quality. Avoid going outside unnecessarily and if it is that important, take help from these tips to travel safely during the prevailing pandemic situation.
Now that we have given you all the important tips to prepare for home quarantine, its time for us to wrap up the blog. In case, if you have any confusion regarding any of the above-discussed pointers, feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We love it when our readers interact with us.
Also, don’t forget to read our other informative pieces in this regard, for example, the impact of coronavirus on Pakistan’s economy, ways to act responsibly during coronavirus outbreak, coronavirus shopping list, and essential home cleaning tips.
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