It's the talk of the town - Covid-19. Starting in Wuhan, China, it has spread globally, and is a major cause of concern since it is still difficult to predict how it will evolve. While the thought of it may be scary, it is important not to panic but understand what you can do to help everyone stay safe and protected during this time.
The virus is talked about on every media but this over-coverage may sometimes be confusing, especially if it's spiced up with some fake news. The best thing you can do to ensure you are not reading fake news and are getting timely updates is to subscribe to your local government or health authority updates and follow a dedicated page on the virus maintained by World Health Organization.
- Sore Throat
- Difficulty breathing
These are similar symptoms to people who are suffering from pneumonia, the common cold and cough. If you are feeling unwell or have slight symptoms, inform your local doctor immediately and wear a surgical mask to avoid spreading.
Many countries are currently on lockdown, with curfews, and plenty of travel bans. The most important thing we can all do now for our community is to stay home and avoid going to crowded places. Be responsible and defer all travel plans as this is not the time to take advantage of reduced prices. We can't stress this enough but the faster we adhere to social distancing, the faster the world can heal.
What can you do for yourself?
- Social distancing
- Practice a higher level of hygiene
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water (at least 25 seconds)
- Take your vitamins and keep your immunity up
- Isolate yourself if you are feeling ill
- Keep your homes clean to kill germs and bacteria
- Cover your mouth when sneezing and coughing
- Avoid contact with people who aren't feeling well
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
How can you stay busy and productive while at home?
Many businesses are letting employees work from home. This is a safety precaution to ensure that the virus doesn't spread. What are some activities you can do at home?
- Spring cleaning. I think most of us avoid this but there's really no better time to spring clean if you're going to be stuck at home anyway!
- Exercise. Grab a mat and put some YouTube tutorials on - yoga or HIIT anyone?
- D.I.Y mani and pedis
- Tackle a new recipe
- Organize your laptop or phone
- Picking up a new skill
- Listen to podcasts
- Board games & cards
- Safe science experiments with basic pantry ingredients!
- Build a fort and role play
- Make thank you cards to the frontline staff for their hard work
- Arts & crafts like folding origami, painting or drawing
- If you have a backyard, gardening and planting
In this time of need, we hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. Contribute to your community if you can by donating what may be needed by those affected, but most importantly - practice a higher level of hygiene and precautionary measures to help reduce the spread. What are some activities you are doing at home? Share with us!