How To Self-Isolate During The Coronavirus Epidemic
For a full step by step guide on how not only to prepare but also to make the most of self-isolation, I have made a resource called How To Be A Happy Hermit (opens in new window) based on what I did to get through self-isolation. This is a must if you want to make the most of the situation and maintain a level of emotional stability. However, the basic guidelines for safety are as follows:
- Stay at home. DO NOT go to school, work, or anywhere. Have no visitors.
- If you have symptoms, call 111 (UK) for free advice and to report that you may have Coronavirus. DO NOT GO TO THE DOCTOR. Call instead. You will not be charged as a consequence and will be taken care of. If you are sent to hospital, you will not be required to pay and if you are told to self-isolate any charges will be limited to current prescription charges (£9), if that, so do not let finances hold you back from contacting 111 IMMEDIATELY if you have a temperature, dry cough, or other symptoms that may be Coronavirus (Google for latest on symptoms as they have a clearer idea of which symptoms are showing up for people as the epidemic progresses). If you are not in the UK, contact your local helpline or your doctor. For the sake of other people, it is vital that you don't hide the fact that you have Coronavirus. It may be that you are OK but that someone who catches it from you dies. Find a way to report that you have the symptoms. Petition your political representatives for there to be a free helpline and access to free diagnostic tests during this epidemic for the sake of everyone.
- If you share a house/flat self-isolate in your own bedroom and use the bathroom after everyone else. DO NOT SHARE TOWELS OR TOILETRIES.
- Whether you're self-isolated or not the latest advice is to wash your hands thoroughly, for 20 seconds to 2 mins, every hour. You can also use hand sanitizer to do this. Get a good alcohol-based sanitizer. I've also found the sanitizer by this company great for places you can't put chemical sanitizer, such as on the face. I also know people who've used this in the mouth, nose, eyes etc. Although it's very effective the official advice at the moment is to use alcohol-based sanitizer so use it as an addition rather than instead of what the authorities advise. Search 'sanitizer' here.
- Double bag waste/trash.
- If you live alone, you can order shopping online or get friends to help, but they should leave your shopping on the doorstep.
- If you are in the USA, familiarise yourself with the powers of the authorities in your area while you're under quarantine. Some are pretty draconian. For instance, if you are the parent of a child who's living away from home and you try to enter that home because they're too weak to make it to the door, so that you can bring them hot soup, you'll earn yourself a $10,000 fine and years in prison in some states. Some states use terms that state any and all necessary actions can be taken. Theoretically, that could include being shot if you leave your house or attempt to enter a house under quarantine Be aware. Here are the details state by state. https://www.ncsl.org/research/health/state-quarantine-and-isolation-statutes.aspx
- There is a chance that you may be put in isolation even if you're not unwell, and this could last for up to a month (27 days seems to be the longest the bug can go undetected at this point) so you need a way to make money while you're off work, not to mention you need to do something to keep your mind occupied. I don't recommend picking something that relies on shipping (dropshipping, product based MLMs, etc) while the epidemic is happening as physical product manufacture and delivery is likely to become unpredictable in the coming weeks and maybe months. Pick something purely digital. If you're on a budget, I recommend this. You can use it to build courses, create an email list, and build sales pages for anything you're currently doing. It's a bargain. You can get a free 7-day trial through this link: Power Lead System. If you have a larger budget, the best course building system there is, that is used by Brendon Burchard for all of his courses, is Kajabi. If you go through this link you can access it for 28 days for free (twice as long as you'll get by googling it or going straight to their site) Kajabi. There is also a new social network that is just about to launch out of beta, where you can network while at home and can earn by bringing people in. It's in invite only beta at the moment, so you can only join via someone who's already in (as with Facebook in the early days). If you want to see what's it's about here's my invite link for Webtalk. If you choose something else, make sure that it's digital, not product-based. You can always add in something product based later. Right now, when so many people will be home-based and physical deliveries are disrupted, home-based digital models are the way to go.
Further Useful Information About Staying Safe and Keeping Others Safe During the Coronavirus (Covid-19/SARS-CoV-2) Crisis
Advice for US & elsewhere in this vid:— Rebecca Bardess🖋🇬🇧 (@rebeccabardess) February 28, 2020
Wash hands for 2 minutes.
Prepare to be working from home.*
Stockpile dry food in case of quarantine
* I've been warning about this for a while. You need a work from home business. https://t.co/IBLmpvV8Tbhttps://t.co/JiazVXUneU
Very informative! Iranian health professional uses paint to demonstrate spots we often miss when washing hands in the wake of #Coronavirus outbreak. At the end she shows how to safely remove disposable gloves without touching the polluted surface. pic.twitter.com/FfdzfSvKWS— Ali Noorani (@ali_noorani_teh) February 24, 2020
N.B. I am not a health professional. This is for informational purposes only as we need to share accurate info with each other while this virus does its thing. If you want to help too, please share this post. There are easy ways to share so just click the relevant button and get the info out there. As always, check with your own medical authorities and feel free to comment below if any advice changes as more information becomes available. If you post anything in the comments that I feel adds to the helpfulness of the post, I'll edit the post to incorporate your quote.
P.S. If you are concerned you won’t be able to remain calm through 14+ days in solitary isolation, watch this video.
Learn The Emotion Control System For Young Men That You Can Use in 5 Mins A Day To Stay Calm and Focused.
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