With the COVID-19 spreading like a wildfire, we have been forced to pull the brakes on holiday travelling plans to limit exposure. But how do we survive self-isolation without losing our good health and minds as social creatures by nature?
The answer is simple, we face it head-on with a mind-over-matter approach! It’s best to follow all of the safety measures set out by the authorities and retreat from society. Every South African has a key role to play in the fight against the spread of this life-threatening virus, which has claimed over 16 000 lives across the globe in just over four months since December 2019.
What does self-isolation mean?
Simply put, it entails avoiding contact with other people to separate sick people from healthy people.
If you need to leave your home, remember to stay at least 2 metres away from other individuals to limit your risk of potentially contracting the Coronavirus from unsuspecting carriers. The contrary also holds true – should you be an unsuspecting carrier of the virus, social distancing (and especially self-isolation) minimizes your chances of possibly infecting other people.
Should your local grocer offer delivery service during the lockdown period (depending on regulations imposed), it might be worth your while to consider signing up for online shopping:
They say that there’s no place like home. It definitely rings true now more than even as our homes will become the cocoons in which we safeguard our immune systems during self-isolation. With this in mind, it might be worth considering ways to prepare for and cope in these circumstances.
While panic-buying of food in the wake of the national Coronavirus disaster is an understandable reaction, this is completely unnecessary, says agricultural economist, Lunathi Hlakanyane. Most South Africans can’t afford to buy in bulk and should refrain from doing so, says Dr. Sifiso Ntombela, Chief Economist at the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC). He adds that retailers and food distribution systems will remain fully functional, ensuring an uninterrupted supply of food throughout this period.
Remember to buy modest amounts of essentials you might need at home, such as:
To promote health and wellness in your home unit, remember to…
3. Practice good hygiene
While you’re staying at home, you should:
4. Social distancing is key
Practise the principle of social distancing to avoid potential exposure to the virus.
5. Reach out for support if needed
Equip yourself with the latest news, updates and precautionary measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. But be sure to consult reputable sources of information. You can even save the Government’s COVID-19 Support number (060 012 3456) on WhatsApp and message the contact by saying “Hi”. You will then receive a menu response, where you will find all the latest updates on cases, prevention methods, symptoms and more.