The Family Guide to Coping with a Quarantine Covid-19
It seems every day the Covid-19 Virus is escalating. If we are to be quarantined – what might that look like? We look at how to prepare for a long lock down quarantine period, and the steps you should take if you or a member of your family comes down with the virus.
Preparation for Quarantine:
We have been told for a few weeks now to have 14 days worth of supplies on hand. If you are prepared both mentally and physically, you and your family will find the lock down quarantine period easier to cope with.
Things you should have on hand to prepare for a lock down period:
- 14 Days of Food (non-perishable)
- 90 Days worth of prescribed medications on hand (did you know there are online pharmacies in Australia that will post your medication to you!).
- Have a well stocked First Aid Kit including a thermometer, cold and flu medication and pain relief.
- Check out our ‘Family Essentials for a Two Week Corona Virus Quarantine’.
How you can help others:
- If you have elderly neighbours or parents nearby, ensure you have enough items to cover them too.
- Be patient and courteous to supermarket staff. They are under a tremendous amount of pressure at the moment.
- Don’t panic buy and leave shelves empty – there is plenty to go around and you’ll only put stress on already stressed resources.
Subscribe to Be Informed:
Now is a good time to keep informed. Listen to your Doctor’s orders or that of Medical Professionals giving press conferences. These are the professionals you should be listening to and follow their directives.
Great websites to keep informed include:
How you can help others:
- Ensure that elderly parents or neighbours will be cared for during the quarantine period
- Subscribe to your child’s school newsletter or Facebook Page to keep updated on what the schools are implementing.
- Contact sporting clubs and gyms etc to find out updates or check their Facebook pages.
Preventing Infection in the Home:
Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitiser if you have it. If you blow your nose, sneeze or cough, ensure you wash your hands again. Make sure your kids understand the need to wash their hands regularly!
More Reading: Where You Can Buy Hand Sanitiser Online in Australia
- Keep your fingernails short and scrubbed at all times.
- Try to avoid touching your face
- Get into the habit of using hand sanitiser regularly during the day if you cannot wash your hands with soap and water.
- Ensure hands are washed for at least 20 seconds after sneezing, blowing nose or using the toilet.
- Use paper towels to dry your hands and dispose of those paper towels in the bin right away.
Regularly Clean High-Touch Areas
Using gloves, use disinfectant to clean all high-touch surfaces in the home every day. High-touch surfaces include:
- Door knobs
- Phones and Tablets (clean with recommended cleaner according to manufacturer’s instructions)
- Table tops
- Bench tops
- Toilet Seats
Try Not to Share Household Items
Do not share items like towels, cutlery, bedding, or drinking glasses. Ensure each item is cleaned well with hot soapy water after every use or washed in the dishwasher every single time.
Keep the House Clean
- Ensure that the bathrooms, kitchen sinks and toilets are cleaned and wiped with disinfectant regularly.
- Wash bedding regularly using the hottest setting.
- Soak any used kitchen cloths in a mixture of boiling water and bleach between uses
- Assign all the family members their own towel (preferable their own colours) and stress that they only use their assigned colour.
The Quarantine Period:
Quarantine will mean that all members of the family are to remain home. No member of the family should be going to work, school or attend public areas, including supermarkets. The only reason to go out of the home would be to seek medical treatment (call ahead to your Doctor or Hospital first so they are expecting you).
- Do not allow any visitors
- Do not visit elderly neighbours or parents (but call regularly to ensure they are okay)
- If you do need to seek medical assistance, wear a facemask when leaving your home.
Mental Health and Quarantine:
Being cooped up with your family can be very stressful, boring or cause conflict amongst household members. Ways to improve this include:
- Ensure everyone can get outside in the backyard getting fresh air without mixing with others.
- Talk to other family members via social media or Skype on a regular basis.
- Try and keep to a normal routine as much as is possible
- Exercise at home regularly.
- Talk to your family members about how they are feeling. Encourage teens to talk to their friends via social media.
- Limit social media and news about Covid-19 to small children who may not understand what is happening. Reassure them that they are safe.
Fun Things to Do with Your Family
- Enjoy a movie marathon – there are even Pandemic Movies that you can enjoy during your quarantine!
- To keep fit and active whilst still at home, put a Youtube video or start an online fitness program with the whole family.
- Have a family barbecue or picnic on the lounge room floor.
- Bring out the board games and cards!
- Get in the kitchen with the family and cook up something yummy.
What if a Family Member Gets Sick:
Better Health Victoria states that if a family member becomes ill, only one member of the household should take care of that sick person. Try and place the sick person into isolation (ie their own bedroom with their door closed) and if you can, keep the bathroom and toilet they use just for them.
Ensure the sick person wears a face mask if they must leave their room, and for them to try and remain at least 1.5 metres away from other family members.
Keep a close eye on the progression of the illness, and regularly update your family Doctor or hospital on their condition. You can do this by:
- Monitoring their temperature (check you have a thermometer)
- Ensuring that they are breathing easily
- Keeping your medical practitioner updated on their condition.