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Stuck In Quarantine

Quarantine is a very scary word. When I say quarantine you probably drum up images of men in white HAZMAT suits with tinted masks hulling you off into a locked, sterilized hospital room. Or you think of scenes from the movie Quarantine. I have been in quarantine and it is far less scary than how Hollywood portrays it. 

 

What To Expect

More then likely if the state does do forced quarantine then chances are you’ll be required to stay in your home. Much in the way you would do if there was a crazed gunman running through town. What this does is it causes a virus to burn out. If a disease doesn’t find new hosts in twelve hours it’ll die from exposure. That is why quarantine is so important. By putting the sick people away from the healthy people the virus will eventually run its course and die. 

 

The Sick Room

To help control the spread in your home designate one less-frequented room to be the sick room. This will be the room where the sick stay to recover. You should also assign the healthiest person to be responsible for the care of the sick. The virus seems to affect the elderly or autoimmune people, so don’t appoint these people to the room. This limits the spread of germs. Also, the sick person should wear a mask to control the spread of the virus.

 

Disposable everything

On top of keeping the sick physically separated from the ill, you should also give them there own disposable everything. When feeding them have them use paper plates and plastic cutlery. For drinking, paper cups or straws. You don’t want to wash sick people’s dishes with the healthy people’s dishes unless you soak them with a bleach solution for five minutes. Sponges are a cauldron of bacteria and these can spread between dishes. Disposable kitchenware is very cheap, and bleach is a luxury in this day and age. Another thing to consider is moving there toothbrush to another spot. This is another item that can be brimming with bacteria. Also, once the person is better it should be toss immediately to not re-infect the person.

 

Soft Goods

This refers to books, clothing, bedding, pillows, and anything else with soft qualities to it. To sanitize these surfaces it’ll be a little tricky. Because of there soft nature, it is ill-advised to use liquids on paper-based products. So, don’t save books, magazines, puzzles, etc that the sick handled. The virus may last 12 hours on these surfaces but why risk it. As for the things you wash it should be done on the hottest setting with mild clothes soap. For safety reasons, you should wash the sick person’s stuff last to prevent any cross-contamination.

 

The Fresh Air Cure

This dates back to the time of the Middle Ages. The reason was that illnesses and disease travel as disease-filled clouds known as Miasmas. They thought by opening all the windows and doors lets the Miasma to flow from there home, curing them of sickness. They were sorta right about this. By inhaling fresh air you’ll be helping your lungs get stronger. Strong lungs are what is needed to fight of Coronavirus. It helps lower your blood pressure by reducing your cortisol levels, which is what causes stress and depression.

 

Plugless Fun

For those in your group that are lucky enough to not have fallen sick three weeks is going to be a very, very long time indoors for them. Being locked up for this long can make you irritable and puts you at risk for cabin fever. Remember Jack from The Shining, that’s cabin fever. To do this you’ll need to plan out activities to keep yourself occupied and tension levels low. You want to avoid electronic devices for this because they are covered in bacteria and germs. Your phone is the dirtiest object you’ll come into contact with every day. There are 25,127 bacteria cells per inch on your phone. Some say a public toilet is cleaner than your phone. So, to help stop the spread of disease put away the electronics. Go out and stock up on puzzles, craft kits, simple toys, and coloring books. Research rainy day activities since being on lockdown would feel like being trapped inside on a rainy day. Make it fun to keep your mind off the depressing subjects.

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M.L. Lewis

Written by M.L. Lewis

M.L. Lewis is not new to the world of writing. She has written various short stories and poems throughout the years and has won multiple awards in art and literature. The highest honor she received was Poet of the Year in 2000, and again in 2005. A poem she wrote in honor of law enforcement can be seen in the book, Everything You Wanted to Know about the Heroes in Blue. She was also featured in Encounter magazine for the volunteer work she did for the United States troops. In 2010 she won Resident of the Year in a local newspaper titled The South Hills Messanger. Today, she spends her time increasing her knowledge on disaster preparedness while working on her Ph. D. in Paranormal Studies.

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