Trying to tackle the fast coronavirus outbreak taking over the planet more and more everyday, many countries are announcing general shutdowns for the next few weeks, hoping to limit the number of people infected.
A long home stay can be challenging, if individuals are not well prepared for it, so here are some tips that can help you get ready, not only to survive the next few weeks, but to hopefully enjoy them.
1. Set your priorities
Make sure you include your family's elderly, sick, kids, and pets in your plan. Not only do you need to make sure you have secured their day to day needs, but also their long-term ones, such as medication and medical devices.
There‘ve been more than 118,000 confirmed #coronavirus cases globally. People over 60 are in high risk of contracting #coronavirus, especially if they‘ve diabetes, hypertension, heart, lung or kidney diseases. Ask elderly members of the family to stay at home as much as possible. pic.twitter.com/fX4upHyXCo— Yash FC © (@YashhD_FC) March 11, 2020
Also, try to prepare for indoor physical activities to keep everyone healthy and entertained.
Moreover, try to include the poor and the homeless in your plans, especially if you can afford to help them find a decent place for shelter. You can also take some time to make a donation to local charities that can provide them with food or medication.
2. Set your needs and schedule your shopping trips
At this point, you need to write a list of all the things you'll need to purchase so you don't have to leave your house very often, mainly; drinking water, food, medication, cleaning products, and other household needs.
Some elderly people can't or won't use internet shopping. So Govt is now working with supermarkets on how they could phone up their weekly shop.https://t.co/WAyrmlOVRD— Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) March 9, 2020
Make sure you're not stocking up large quantities of unnecessary stuff and always be thoughtful of people who might need certain things more than you do.
If you'll be taking care of elderly people or kids, try to get everything you'll need to create indoor fun activities to keep them busy, such as books, board or card games.
It's never a bad idea to get some vitamins and health supplements to help them maintain a strong immune system.
3. Check your internet connection over the next months
The internet will be your most important source of information over the next weeks, especially if you've been asked to carry on with your work tasks from home. If you have kids, they'll probably have to enroll in online classes too.
Visit or call your internet provider to make sure your subscription will be valid for the next few months.
This #coronavirus is demonstrating the inequity of learning technologies. Everybody seems to think that every child has a school computer and broadband access for learning, telemedicine, online shopping. Even just outside NYC https://t.co/PXv49qVi8x (3/3)— Ira Socol (@irasocol) March 12, 2020
4. Identify a good online grocery shopping option
It's pretty important to avoid leaving your house to the extent possible. Grocery shopping may probably be the only reason you'll need to get out at least once a week unless you can order your needs through online services on a regular basis.
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5. Stay informed and keep the people around you updated
Learning coronavirus-related updates will help you and your family stay safe. Keep track of all the information available and make sure you explain it to people around you, without causing anyone to panic.
Be smart and inform yourself about #COVID19.— WHO/Europe (@WHO_Europe) March 12, 2020
Avoid spreading rumours and follow accurate public health advice from WHO and your local health authority.
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6. Spend wisely and keep your savings
Unfortunately, the longer home stays last, the more vulnerable different businesses become, which is why many companies are laying off their employees or asking their staff members to take unpaid leaves.
Coronavirus update: With more than 118,000 cases worldwide, airlines are cutting capacity and laying off workers. https://t.co/6couzSeFJ4— MarketWatch (@MarketWatch) March 10, 2020
Keep your spending under control so you are able to afford your essential needs until the end of the crisis.