Coronavirus: A Guide To Staying Sane During Lockdown & Calling Out False Facts
Don’t believe everything you read - we provide 6 easy tips on how to stick to your vow of self isolation during these times of trial, and bust the most common myths surrounding the emergence of COVID-19.
Here’s the issue: South Africa has been newly hit by the global hysteria surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and, despite warnings from Italy and China, we were unprepared. According to Business Insider, the number of cases has climbed at an unprecedented rate in a number of days. While our government has taken swift action to lockdown, many of us are scrambling to get our hands on any information we can to help prevent us from getting sick.
What’s the Right Reaction?
We think we can all agree: there is always a fine line between overreaction and underreaction. Between viewing the endless streams of memes about self-isolation on Facebook, and the growing alarm of fellow coworkers and friends, it's hard to know how serious this issue actually is, and which steps you should take to stay safe. Although the stream of images in the media are infecting mounting apprehension, there is no need to panic. All we can do is practice caution. Wash your hands, get a hold of reliable information and, most importantly, stay at home (seriously, staying at home is the only way we can stop this virus from bringing our country to its knees).
A Guide to Managing COVID-19
Below, we extend some basic pieces of advice on how to best practice social distancing. It's also vital to stop the spread of misinformation as this is what has led people to panic buying, drinking bleach (no, drinking bleach will not cure you, ever) and even blowing hot air up their noses - get it together guys, we are better than this).
This is why we at Oneplan take care to dispel common myths and, instead, provide reliable facts. Over and above that, we offer easy and accessible information on healthcare plans to help you protect yourself and your family in these uncertain times (we even pay you before you see the doctor, which is pretty handy for times like these, wouldn’t you say?). For more information on the benefits of our plans, take a look at this informative blog post.
Self-isolation has been hailed by politicians and media alike as the key to curbing the virus - and they’re not wrong. By abiding by the new 21-day lockdown, you prevent the risk of both caching the virus and spreading it to others, should symptoms have not yet appeared. While staying at home, binging Netflix and gorging on your fifth meal of the day sounds like an easy fix, self-isolation can begin to be challenging for many. Here we provide a beginners guide to this period of isolation.
Just Say No
Often the hardest part of social distancing is just having the willpower to stay away from others. That means cancelling plans, forgoing holidays, turning visitors away and even sacrificing elements of your work life (at least meetings can now become emails - finally!). However, once you get past the awkwardness and slight embarrassment, it gets easier to tell others that they have to stay away.
Manage your work
Alongside the worry of disease comes the worry of the economic impact that follows. Ease the worries of work by setting up mechanisms to communicate with your boss and coworkers during the early days of isolation. Use technology to relieve the feeling of social division: arrange conference calls, communicate through emails or try using linked Google Docs.
Mind and body maintenance
It's important that you don't neglect your mental health and physical health in the midst of everything.
When life shifts to exist within the confines of four walls, something such as regular exercise is essential for both your physical and mental well-being. There are countless examples of enjoyable indoor workouts available on Youtube (click here to view some fun examples).
Additionally, consider taking the time to read a book, learn a new skill, or finish a looming assignment. Find a sense of accomplishment in your activities to keep yourself motivated.
Isolation doesn’t mean you're alone
It’s important to maintain some sort of online contact with your loved ones despite the physical separation. Keep your social network and support system alive and breathing. Call a friend, FaceTime a distant family member or even watch Netflix together through a joint platform.
While many have resigned themselves to sitting in front of the TV, this is a great opportunity to pull away from the screen and use this time to develop closer bonds with your family. Parents, this is the time to give your real, undivided attention to your children without an impending meeting or appointment hanging over your head (yup, that means no excuses). Luckily, there are a ton of awesome at-home arts and crafts you can do with kids to keep them (and yourself) busy for hours on end.
Keep an eye on your family
Finally, while staying inside the house with your family eliminates the greatest threat, it's important to ensure that your family members don’t infect each other. Keep a watchful eye for anyone showing symptoms of the virus to ensure that you're protecting your family within your own home too.
Despite the government’s attempts to inform the public, there are still continuing surges of misinformation. Here are six common beliefs that prove to be more fable than fact:
Myth #1: Extreme temperatures can kill the coronavirus
The normal human body temperature fluctuates around 37°C, no matter what the external temperature or weather may be. Therefore, if you contract the virus, it cannot be destroyed by emerging yourself in extremely hot or cold environments.
Myth #2: Thermal scanners will detect infected people
Thermal scanners only pick up raised body temperatures. If you are infected and have not started showing symptoms yet (such as a fever), it may go unnoticed by thermal detection.
Myth #3: Antibiotics kill the coronavirus
Antibiotics only work against bacteria. COVID-19 is a virus and only the symptoms of the infection can currently be treated.
Myth #4: Spraying alcohol or chlorine on your body will kill the coronavirus
This will not kill the virus if it has already entered your body. However, pure alcohol may work to effectively disinfect surfaces that the virus has come into contact with.
Myth #5: Younger people also nor susceptible
In fact, many young people across the world and South Africa have contracted the virus. While older people are at risk for more serious complications, younger people are just as vulnerable.
Myth #6: COVID-19 is just like the flu
The flu is caused by a different virus than COVID-19. While the coronavirus causes flu-like symptoms, “the overall profile of COVID-19 is more serious,” according to medical news today. It’s far more contagious and the mortality rate is likely to be many times higher than that of flu.
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We hope you will continue to support us in our commitment towards social responsibility and social distancing. Stay healthy, stay safe and seriously guys, STAY AT HOME.
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