Useful Information to Know During the COVID-19 Outbreak
FOR ANTIGO TIMES
As we navigate through the ever-changing COVID environment, we will provide information on developments, regulations, and programs surrounding the outbreak.
Creating a personal action plan
Create a daily plan for disinfecting your home. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, including tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. If surfaces are dirty, use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Discuss needs with family and friends
Share any current needs and any special needs should you need to isolate or if diagnosed with COVID-19. When needed, reach out to friends and family to assist you with grocery shopping and essentials. Don’t be afraid to ask, especially if you are in the high risk category.
Create an emergency contact list and share it with relatives and friends
Your list may include key family members, your personal physicians, neighbors, employer, and, if you have a pet or pets, the name of your vet and people willing to take care of your pets if necessary. Inventory your food and medical supply. There is no need to have an oversupply food, but preparedness experts have suggested households have a two-week supply of food and medical supplies on hand in the event of quarantine.
Schedule your day
Emotional health experts say that scheduling your day during these times is essential. Write a schedule and set a few goals. If you do not have anything work-related or home improvement projects, try cooking a new recipe or writing a letter to an old friend or relative.
Keep your sleep and hygiene routines
Maintain your regular sleeping hours – too much or not enough sleep can affect your mental health. Shower and dress as you normally do.
Plan social interaction
Social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation. Schedule a phone call or try a video call. Try the free Zoom app to talk with family and friends.
Go for a walk outside, while maintaining social distancing. Get out and move around. Sitting for long periods of time can cause fatigue and depression.
Try to get up once an hour and walk around for a few minutes.
Take time to breathe
Breathing exercise can sometimes decrease anxiety. Something as simple as turning on some calming music and taking deep breaths can reset stressful feelings.