The first quarter of 2020 has started with a bang, as the virulent Coronavirus pandemic has taken centre-stage globally. If you are like everyone else, you are probably dealing with a lot of mixed emotions, ranging from fear and uncertainty to hopelessness and frustration.
There are a few steps you can take to cope with the situation and improve your chances of survival.
1. COVI9-19: Know the facts
Accurate information about how to protect yourself and your loved ones from Coronavirus is crucial in this period. There is a lot of data circulating across various channels, some of which may not be correct.
Take your facts from reliable news channels or official sources, such as the World Health Organization, Centres for Disease Control, or direct government communication briefs.
2. Practice Preventative Measures
Research shows that Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be controlled by practising good hygiene and social distancing.
Some of the steps toward fighting the spread of the virus include:
- Stay at home—even if your local authorities have not enacted an official lockdown, working from home and avoiding public places reduces your chance of contracting Coronavirus and spreading it to other vulnerable individuals.
- Strict hygiene—wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least twenty seconds. You can also use sanitizer. Avoid touching your face and clean and disinfect all surfaces and laundry regularly. Practice coughing hygiene by using disposable tissues wherever possible.
- Avoid sick people—if anyone you know displays signs of cold or flu, keep away from them. Advise all sick people to self-isolate and seek medical attention.
3. Stay connected
In the era of uncertainty, it is necessary to keep in touch with loved ones, even as you all stay at home. It is the perfect time to reach out to friends on social media, call your family, and check in on your home-bound colleagues.
Staying connected will also prevent depression brought about by necessary social isolation.
4. Create a routine
Disrupted work and school routines make it easy to find yourself drifting along in pyjamas all day. A steady routine is vital for keeping your mind occupied and staying productive, though.
Plan a schedule that involves a reasonable amount of productive time, as well as some quality leisure time within the confines of your home and family. You can create time for entertainment that doesn’t involve leaving the house, such as watching movies or sports betting.
You should also create time for exercise. If you are currently on lockdown, try finding online workout videos to keep you active and healthy.
5. Plan for the future
Other than the fear of contracting the virus, most people are dealing with the fear of financial or economic uncertainty. If your company is at risk of closing or downsizing, use this valuable time to take stock of your finances.
Create a financial survival plan that includes ways of cutting expenses and generating additional or alternative income. Planning brings hope, and hope brings motivation.
It is vital to remember that we are in this together, as a human race.
Do your part in controlling the spread of the virus—stay home. Avoid information overload, which can cause panic, and find something to keep you grounded, whether it is spirituality, family, a hobby or work.
Coronavirus won’t have the last word.