Within the last week, the ongoing outbreak of a novel coronavirus disease has altered American society on seemingly every level, including staying inside when we’d likely rather be out and about. So, we’re sure many of you are wondering, ‘What to do when quarantined?’ We’re here to help.
Also known as COVID-19, this particular strain of coronavirus is a close cousin to the basic form of influenza, which sickens millions every year. At the moment, confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. are rising, with immunologists and epidemiologists expecting the count to increase.
Accordingly, due to its adverse effects on the elderly and patients with preexisting conditions like asthma or heart disease – and the lack of an available vaccine for the time being – COVID-19 has caused authorities and citizens alike to act prudently and avoid social outings out of an “abundance of caution.”
In this case, caution for most takes the form of quarantining, or placing yourself in self-isolation (definitely if you’ve travelled recently!) for the time being. Read on for some ways to occupy your time while quarantining.
1) Wash your Hands
We can’t stress this enough – Wash your hands with soap and water! A tip to make sure your hand wash lasts long enough? Sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to yourself twice while hand-washing.<
Resist touching your face (this helps spread infection) and use hand sanitizer if soap and water is inaccessible. Disinfect surfaces, and remember things like your phone, too. Mobile devices have their fair share of germs on a good day!
- Doing your part is simple – Wash your hands.
2) Make sure you have enough food and medicine, but don’t hoard
First things first… the whole point of social distancing efforts and self-quarantines is to “flatten the curve” – or to keep COVID-19 transmission as low as possible in your own community during the most critical window.
On that note, you should prepare ahead of time by purchasing at least 14 days’ worth of food, bottled water, and other essential items. Hoarding or purchasing in a panic isn’t advised of course, but stocking your shelves with non-perishable foodstuffs, medicine needed to treat chronic conditions, and anything else you’d prefer to have on hand is a sensible first step.
3) Take social distancing very seriously
Once you’ve hunkered down and battened down the hatches, the entire objective here is to limit your personal interactions with other people. That means putting off that weekly appointment with the barber for a while, declining invitations to dinner and other events, and restricting your quarantine circle to fellow members of the household.
What to do when you’re quarantined and have the social itch? Nobody wants to live like a complete hermit, so feel free to use Skype, FaceTime, and social media feeds to stay connected with your loved ones, friends, and coworkers.
4) Get started on spring cleaning
While you have all these hours to kill, taking an early day for “Spring Cleaning” to fully sanitize your living space is an extremely useful way to pass the time. Use antibacterial wipes and disinfectants like Lysol to ensure that every surface of your home is germ-free and safe during the self-quarantine period.
On that note, be sure to stay abreast of the latest COVID-19 developments by following reputable news sources – while steering clear of misinformation like how vodka can replace a basic bar of soap.
5) Watch NETFLIX, and Do Your Part
- What to do when quarantined? Catching up with your favorite shows is a good way to start!
With that said, anyone who finds themselves becoming ill – or requires serious medical attention for reasons unrelated to COVID-19 – shouldn’t hesitate to visit their local assessment center, doctor’s office or emergency room.
Have a few of your favorite shows or movies waiting in the queue? Fire up Netflix and binge watch the best of the bunch.
6) Check Out Some Online Casinos
Head to the casino – The online casino, that is.
Scratch your gaming itch by firing up your favorite online casino or poker room for a quick session or two. If these aren’t your thing, you can even play old-fashioned hall favorites like Bingo, for something to do.
7) Play an old-fashioned board game or puzzle
What fun things can I do while quarantined? When the cleaning is done and you’re ready to have some fun, going old-school is a great way to reconnect with fellow quarantine participants.
Grab a deck of playing cards and teach your kids “Go Fish” or gin rummy in an old-fashioned kitchen table game. Pulling a 1,000-piece puzzle out of the closet can’t hurt either, even if you never manage to put the thing together.
Like anything else in life, this too shall pass. But until it does, everybody owes it to one another to take the COVID-19 outbreak seriously – and in many cases, that will mean self-quarantining when the circumstances warrant. Hopefully we’ve given you a couple productive ideas of what to do while quarantined!
Sports Schedule Slashed as Authorities Ask Fans to Stay Indoors
- WASH YOUR HANDS WITH SOAP AND WATER. (We can’t stress this enough).
- Make sure you have enough food and medicine, but don’t hoard
- Get started on spring cleaning
- Binge-watch Netflix favorites
- Check out some online casinos
- Play an old-fashioned board game or puzzle (Especially if quarantined with others!)
- Take social distancing very seriously
Those cautionary measures include a ban on large gatherings where the virus can be spread, leading to unprecedented cancellations of major sporting events like the Men’s and Women’s NCAA college basketball national championship tournaments. The NBA and NHL also suspended their seasons in the peak of the playoff chase, while MLB’s Spring Training and Opening Day have also been put on hold.
The sudden clearance of prominent leagues and events from the national sports schedule makes perfect sense, especially as part of a pandemic mitigation strategy known as “social distancing”.
But for folks out there who may be practicing social distancing efforts of their own – by engaging in the recommended 14-day self-quarantine advised by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) when contact with COVID-19 is suspected – seeing sports news sites and sportsbooks cleared out like a Costco shelf isn’t the most welcome sight.
With no big games or postseason races to look forward to on a daily basis, American sports bettors in the midst of a quarantine are already hitting social media to report their stir-crazy status.
Even so, staying inside whenever possible is simply part of the common-sense approach adopted successfully in other countries where COVID-19 has been contained. On that note, take advantage of the following tips during your own self-quarantine to make the isolation more bearable, and most importantly, more effective.