According to data collected by John Hopkins University, Center for Systems Science and Engineering, as of Saturday (14/3/2020) there have been more than 145,000 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the world. This has led to more and more people being advised to self-quarantine at home.
However, maybe not everyone knows how to live a good quarantine. On social media, questions often arise about what to do.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidelines for quarantine at home to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.
1. Don't leave the house
Even though they may not feel sick, people who are in home quarantine should not go out for outdoor activities.
"You should limit activities outside the home, unless you need medical care. Don't go to work, school, or in public areas. Also avoid using public transportation, sharing vehicles, or taxis," the CDC wrote.
2. Separate from family members
If there are other family members in the house, as much as possible separate yourself in a different room. If possible also use a separate bathroom.
The CDC also advises keeping your distance from pets.
"While there is no evidence that pets or others can get sick from COVID-19, it is still recommended for people infected with COVID-19 to limit contact with animals while waiting for more information to be revealed regarding the virus," the CDC said.
3. Wear a mask
Wear a mask when other people are in the room. If it is not possible due to difficulty breathing, for example, people around are advised to wear masks.
4. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing
Don't forget to always cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash immediately and wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds.
5. Don't share personal tools
People undergoing quarantine must have personal equipment such as eating utensils, towels, and their own bed. These tools must be cleaned regularly and should not be used by other family members.
6. Clean frequently touched surfaces
Surfaces of tables, doors, toilets, cell phones, and bedsides that may be touched frequently should be cleaned frequently with a disinfectant. The goal is to prevent the virus from sticking to the area that has the potential to spread to other people.
7. Monitor symptoms
People in home quarantine should keep an eye on their symptoms frequently. If it feels worse then immediately call health services. Remember to wear a mask before leaving the house.