COVID-19: HOW TO SELF-ISOLATE? (It’s harder than you think…)
Self-isolating means staying at home and avoiding contact with other people to help prevent the spread of disease to others. Now, you may think, sure, I stay at home all the time! I’m a homebody. But what people don’t realize is that if they are a homebody, what is stoping them from inviting a friend over, or two or three friends? Not really self-isolating now are we?
Self-Isolating is difficult in different ways for different people. Let’s review the most crucial ones like getting food!
When possible, you should seek services over the phone (March of Dimes, LHIN network) or the internet (food delivery apps) or ask for help from friends, family, or neighbours with essential errands. How this helps with preventing virus spread: Staying at home means you are allowing health care professionals to catch up with the rate of infection without new infections starting. This is the best preventative measure.
Staying at home means:
- Do not use public transportation, taxis, or rideshares
- Do not go to work, school, or other public places especially with large crowds (ex. parks)
- Do not go to bars or restaurants
- Do not go to libraries, cinemas or theaters
- Limit your frequency to essential services (i.e., grocery stores, pharmacies) and duration at these places; be sure to keep your distance from other people
- If necessary, wear a mask and gloves to these locations
- Limiting the number of visitors in your home and avoiding visits to others
- Cleaning and disinfecting regularly touched items (i.e., counters, tabletops, toilets, sink handles, doorknobs, phones, keyboards, tablets, bedside tables, garbage bins) on a daily basis
- Washing your hands after touching high-contact areas
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