With COVID-19 and Coronavirus in every newspaper, magazine, news report, as well as on every radio station and everywhere on social media it is no surprise some people are self-isolating or voluntary-isolating as that case may be. Voluntary isolation is sometimes called self-isolation, although everyday people using the latter term may not mean
Every day there is more information coming out from every country and many different societies of health such as the World Health Authority. Who do you listen to? That has to be a personal decision actually because there are many options out there to look at, unfortunately, until a precise understanding of how the nCovid-19 is transmitted it is still somewhat of a guessing game.
World Health Organization, World Medical Association, Centers for Disease Control, and Global Health Authorities are all different organizations that anyone can look up and see what they have to say regarding any health issues. Choose who you trust the most and have the best most up to date advice on how to deal with the coronavirus or any other health situation that may arise.
Let's take a look at what self-isolation means and compare it to quarantine. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary self-isolation is a noun meaning the act of isolating or separating oneself or itself from others. Quarantine is a noun also that is defined as a state, period, or place of isolation in which people or animals that have arrived from elsewhere or been exposed to the infectious or contagious disease are placed.
According to dictionary.com, a quarantine is "strict isolation imposed to prevent the spread of disease." The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention explains, the practice of a quarantine specifically involves the separation of a person or group of people reasonably believed to have been exposed to a communicable disease but not yet symptomatic, from others who have not been so exposed, to prevent the possible spread of the communicable disease such as nCovid-19.
Isolation is when someone or something is set apart or separated from other persons or things. In medical contexts, isolation specifically means "the complete separation from others of a person suffering from contagious or infectious disease." Again according to the
For the context of public health, social distancing usually refers to varying measures that reduce close contact (leaving distance) between large groups of people. The CDC says social distancing involves "remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and keeping a distance (approximately 6 ft or 2 meters) from others when possible." To congregate settings include "crowded public places where close contact with others may occur, such as shopping centers, movie theatres, stadiums, gymnasiums, and public meetings.
Now that we know a bit about the differences between self-isolating, quarantine and social-distancing let's get into what it means to you when you decide you want to take steps to not only stop the spread of the disease but to protect yourself and your family and friends from COVID-19 or any other thing that might come along.
For some people, self-isolating is easier because they do not have jobs or reasons that they have to be out in the public regularly. Others will find it very difficult because of jobs and obligations.
It will not be easy for anyone who finds themselves in the position of needing to self-isolate or voluntarily isolate for many reasons. Some of us will find it even more difficult such as those with mental health issues, for instance, could find it extremely difficult because of how lonely they might feel which in turn could cause more issues for them. Maybe the situation in a home is not safe because of domestic violence.
What do these people do when there is a need to self-isolate? There is no easy answer but some thoughts might be to go to a friend, a neighbor or family member. Contact the local authorities such as social services or churches and see if there is anything in place to help. In some areas sadly there is nothing in place but hopefully with some research maybe someone will be willing to step in and help those that are affected by the virus.
Those with a job will probably find it difficult for not only financial reasons but also for the dynamics of the situation. Some people can't work from home and therefore will stop having an income. Some countries do not have a plan in place to pay workers if they are absent from work for this type of epidemic.
Many businesses will be affected but most especially the small business will suffer. Just think about how the small shop in your town is going to be affected by this outbreak for a moment. It is already affecting businesses and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. You can not have something of this scope going on and not have a knock-on effect on businesses and lives. As the saying goes Coronavirus coming to a home near you soon!
How long should you prepare to self-isolate or voluntarily isolate? Well, that is something that has not been discussed much by the authorities to the best of our knowledge. The incubation period is said to be 28 days. Does that mean you need to spend a month locked up in your house? No, not necessarily but again this is a personal choice. Many hospitals are letting people out after 7 days of no symptoms. Some suggest 14 days. This is usually suggested if you have been around a confirmed case. Is this safe? That is yet to be seen really. As with most things, knowledge is power and we are still in the learning phase with the coronavirus disease.
What to do while you are voluntarily-isolating. If you are unable to work from home maybe you can use this time to catch up on things around your home. Most of us have that "honey-do list" we have been meaning to get completed. Take some time to do your hobby whatever that may be. Some people take up a hobby during times like this. Teach yourself something new, there are thousands of online causes available. At least you will have achieved something by completing a course and possibly helped yourself to a higher pay grade. Maybe you are not into cooking or you like it very much, this is a great time to try out some new recipes or ideas. There are hundreds of thousands of recipes for anything from soups, to exotic dishes. Puzzles, books, knitting, games, exercising are some things just to name a few ideas. If you think about it in a positive way nCovid-19 gives you a chance for self-improvement.
If you have children it would be best to stock up on somethings to do with them and ideas of things before isolating but this isn't always a possibility especially in areas where schools are now closed. Some schools are having students do classes online but other schools do not have the capabilities for this to be implemented not to mention some students do not have internet in their homes. In the event you are home with children make the most of it. Make some memories and get to know more about your children and their ideas and thoughts. Imagine the stories that they will tell their grandchildren about the huge coronavirus epidemic that faced the world and how they lived through it because of how you guided them through it.
Self-isolating, voluntary-isolating, quarantine are all scary thoughts in some ways and none of us want to get to that stage. Should you find it necessary, please try and find the positive side of it somewhere in some way. No one wants to be in these situations and no one likes it but if we try and make the best of a bad situation it will make things a little easier for everyone involved. The nCovid-19 virus could just be a blessing to you and your family, we hope.
We hope this article has been helpful or enlightening in some way.
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