Since the emergence of the coronavirus disease in Wuhan, China, the world has seen over 1,430,453 infections and more than 82,133 deaths. Named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO), this coronavirus affects an infected person’s respiratory system with flu-like symptoms. COVID-19 has affected 209 countries and territories around the world. Over 301,385 recoveries have been recorded so far. That includes who self-isolate.
COVID-19 is easily transmitted when you inhale droplets from an infected person’s breath or when you touch your face after touching contaminated surfaces. The most significant symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 include shortness of breath, a fever, dry cough, fatigue, a runny nose or a sore throat. Some people show no symptoms at all but can still transmit the virus to those around them.
How Do You Reduce Transmission?
The WHO and medical practitioners across the world are working towards getting a vaccine to curb this novel coronavirus. For now, you are encouraged to take measures that will reduce coronavirus spread. Among the things you should do to eliminate the rise in the number of infections are:
- Proper hand hygiene
- Observe social distancing
- Cover your mouth appropriately when sneezing or coughing
- Avoid constant touching of your mouth
What Is Self-isolation?
In order to play your part in curbing the virus, you need to understand what self-isolation is and the purpose it serves. Self-isolation is when you stay at home and avoid contact with others if you show any of the signs of coronavirus infection. It means you will keep away from people around, including your family until the recommended time passes. For COVID-19, medics around the world have given 14 days as time enough to tell if you are infected or not. You have to cut your physical ties until you are tested again.
When To Self-isolate
- When you have been in touch with an infected person
- When awaiting results after a coronavirus test
- If you have been to a country with high reported cases of infections
- If you show a combination of all of the highlighted symptoms
How To Self-Isolate For COVID-19
Stay At Home
Your normal day schedule probably involves waking up to go to school or work. With the COVID-19, this may put you in a position to infect others if you have already caught the virus. To successfully isolate yourself, you need to avoid going out at any cost. This means getting all your necessities in the house to avoid the need to rush to the shops within the 14 days.
You might feel the excitement to host your friends or colleagues in your house now that you are not going to work or school. You might get tempted to call in several people for a house party or just some catch-up drink. This, however, is wrong as you might end up infecting them too and this contributes highly to the number of infections. Instead of contributing to what might end up being a long thread of infections, consider chatting them up online and doing video calls.
Since COVID-19 symptoms are flu-like, your running nose might have you coughing and sneezing all over the place. You risk contributing to coronavirus spread if you do not cover your sneezes and coughs. Your cough and sneezes might land droplets where those who live around you might touch. To eliminate this risk, remember to cover your mouth with a disposable tissue and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.
COVID-19 has been proven to remain on surfaces long after an infected person contaminates a surface. This means your house may end up having so many surfaces posing a threat to anyone who uses a room after you. To reduce the possibility of such infections, you need to thoroughly clean your house and disinfect those surface you have touched.
Observe Your Health
Although coronavirus symptoms show different signs in different people, you need to keep track of changes in your body that might indicate severity. When self-isolating, have your doctor’s contacts so that you can reach them fast when need be. Note your temperature changes so you can detect a fever in time. Keep yourself informed by following news about the virus so you can know when to call your health facility.
When total self-isolation is not possible, especially if you live with your family, consider the meter rule. Keep your windows open to allow fresh air circulation and remind your loved ones to wear protective masks and disposable gloves.