Self-care is more important than ever as the coronavirus spreads around the country and the globe. One of the strategies to limit its reach is social distancing. This means stopping all unnecessary movement and it’s a key solution to preventing the spread of the coronavirus. It limits the number of people you come into contact with on a daily basis.
Social distancing can feel isolating, or it can be overwhelming because you suddenly face limited personal space in a crowded household. Of course, it’s for a good reason: keeping at-risk people safe from losing their lives to the disease.
Practicing self-care at this time can ease your anxieties and improve your chance of coping with difficulties related to restricted movement, cancellations and work disruptions. Read on for a huge list of self-care tips for almost every type of person. Whether you’re itching to socialize, working from home with kids, or you’ve become a nervous wreck, we’re here to help.
You’ve probably heard the phrase “flatten the curve” in the media. Early distancing action ensures that we can prevent the disease from spreading exponentially, showing a graph that skyrockets. By limiting contact with others, the graph’s curve will flatten out and the number of new cases will level off.
Many states and cities have already implemented measures to ensure we keep our distance. These include travel restrictions, school closures, cancellations of major sporting events and performances, limits to the number of people that can gather in a crowd and closures of other popular social meeting places like movie theaters, cafes, bars and restaurants. This will not only protect people’s lives, it will also lessen strain on hospital and healthcare facility resources.
The other key ways to prevent the spread of the virus include washing your hands regularly, avoiding shaking hands and keeping about six feet of distance from others, especially if you show symptoms. Check regularly on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website COVID-19 prevention guidelines.
Monitor your daily health to see if you show symptoms and need to get tested, especially if you’ve been in close contact with others. It is also important to keep in mind that people carrying the Coronavirus may not show symptoms for two to fourteen days after they’ve been exposed to the virus. That means even if you’re not feeling ill and you’re not in a high-risk category, you could still pass the disease to someone who is at risk.
If you show symptoms, you should self-quarantine by remaining at home for a fourteen day period. Use a separate bedroom and bathroom from your family members and roommates, if possible. Also watch out for other points of contact like door handles, dishes, devices and appliances.
If you start to show shortness of breath or if you show symptoms and you’re in a high-risk category because you have respiratory issues, a weakened immune system or you’re over age 65, contact your doctor immediately.
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