Coronavirus: Safety and Readiness Tips
The outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has many of us worried and wondering the best course of action. We’ve pulled together a list of home quarantine safety tips to help you through the next few weeks.
Limit the Spread of Germs
Tips for limiting the spread of the disease are pretty simple to understand and follow, and they are for the benefit of all.
Keep it Clean
- Wash your hands often, especially after going in public. Make sure to use warm water and soap and wash for at least 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday or the Alphabet Song.)
- It’s also wise to keep hand sanitizer on hand for when washing hands isn’t an option. Choose a 60% alcohol or higher for best protection.
- Use tissues when sneezing or blowing your nose and dispose of right away.
- Avoid shaking hands or other unnecessary contact.
- Avoid touching your face. While scientists are still learning exactly how the virus spreads, it is known that touching your hands to your face, especially nose, mouth and eyes after coming in contact causes the virus to spread.
- Sanitize your home, especially surfaces touched often, like light switches and door knobs. This also includes your phone.
- What a great time to do Spring Cleaning! (sorry kids)
Prepare your Household
- Stock up on disinfectants and any medications you may need, but DO NOT HOARD. There has been wide spread clearing of shelves in stores worldwide, so remember to shop responsibly and only buy what you need.
- Make sure you have a supply of food in the house, but again do not over buy. Get what your family needs, but don’t hoard food, please be kind to others, we’re all in this together.
- Reach out to older friends, family and neighbors to make sure they are healthy and if they need any assistance.
- Make a plan for the event someone does get sick. Have a room set up that they can stay in with limited contact.
Mentally Prepare for Home Quarantine
- If at all possible, stay home. If you do have to go to work follow safe practices, wash hands often and carry hand sanitizer.
- Avoid large gatherings or anywhere you are in close proximity with people, especially if there is an outbreak in your neighborhood.
- If you suspect you have Coronavirus, stay home and quarantined unless you need to seek medical attention. If you do, phone your medical provider ahead of time and wear a face mask.
- Have activities to do to keep yourself and the kids busy. Pinterest is a great place to find fun things to do for the whole family, check out:
Keep yourself informed of what is going on, and how to best stay safe. The news and information changes quickly, so keep yourself up-tp-date on the latest developments and closures. Keep in contact with family members to make sure they are doing all right and share best practices.
Try Not to Panic
While a global pandemic is obviously pretty scary, it’s good to keep yourself calm about the situation. The best minds are working on a solution, and if we all work together we can seriously slow the transmission of the virus. While it can be tempting to binge watch the news, try to limit obsessing over it.
Focus on the positive and make the most of the time you have at home. Finish the book you’ve been meaning to pick back up, watch a movie with popcorn, spring clean, play games, bake something, anything to keep yourself occupied and spirits high. We will get through this!
Finding Remote Work
Times like these, I’m really grateful that we are able to work remotely, as I know that a home quarantine will be really hard on many families and budgets. I’ve written a few posts that I know could be beneficial to those who are financially struggling at the moment with staying home.
We make about $1000 testing websites and apps from home. All that is required is a laptop, internet connection and Paypal account. Tests typically take 10-20 minutes and pay $10-$20 per test. To make the most money you’ll want to sign up with several companies. We have a full list of the best companies hiring freelancers now, check it out and Start Earning Money from Home with UX Testing.
We also have an article with over 40 work at home opportunities, both freelance and self-employed. Most cost little to nothing to get started, and are home-based income ideas. Check out How to Make Money Online in 2020 here.
We’ve also recently written a post 10 Flexible Side Hustles for Digital Nomads. While you may not be globe-trotting any time soon, they are all remote jobs and easily done from home.
Lastly, we pulled together the easiest remote jobs you can start today. These are freelance and location independent jobs to help you bridge the gap while unable to leave the house. We hope they help you feel more financially secure during these uncertain times.
Take Care of Yourself and Others
It’s important to remember that we we are all in this together. Be kind to others, and offer assistance where you can. Don’t hoard food and supplies, everyone needs these things, it’s selfish to take more than you need. Offer to take food to those in isolation, reach out to your family members and follow the guidelines being given to stop the spread.
This is a affecting us all, and we should all do our parts. Lastly, take care of yourself, you can’t pour from an empty cup.
Stay safe out there,