Do these 6 things if you’re quarantined at home

Self-quarantine is a preventive measure. It’s a way to keep somebody who might have been exposed to an infectious disease from transmitting it to others. In other words, quarantine is something we use for patients who aren’t sick but may become sick. If you’ve been advised by a health care provider to go into quarantine or if you’re opting to do it on your own, there are some things you can do to care for yourself at home.

1. Meals and Household Items

Make sure you have everything you need to go about your daily life during the recommended quarantine period. This includes food, medication, toiletries and other household items. You really want to avoid having to leave your quarantine area to do grocery shopping, refill medications or purchase basic necessities.

2. Keep a Diary

Write down how you feel every day. It’s one of the easiest ways we can identify subtle trends that we wouldn’t be aware of if we weren’t logging them. In the case of COVID-19, look for basic cold and flu symptoms such as runny nose, congestion, cough, shortness of breath, fever and sometimes gastrointestinal issues.

3. Stay Active and Busy 

Quarantine can be a pretty lonely place, so you want to make sure you have ways to keep yourself busy. This could be with a few good books, movies or streaming services. There are so many opportunities to interact with people virtually through social media channels and video messaging services. You should also do things to help you stay healthy. Exercise, eat a healthy diet and stay hydrated. Watch your sleep habits too. Don’t stay up all night and sleep through the day.

4. Practice Social Distancing at Home

We control the primary means for viruses to access our bodies and make us sick, so the best thing you can do is hand hygiene, hand hygiene, hand hygiene. Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitizer when appropriate. You don’t need to wear a mask or be confined to a room. You can co-exist in a shared space. You do want to be cautious that you’re not providing an opportunity for sneezing or coughing on each other. And make sure you’re not sharing food or drinks.

5. Clean High-Touch Surfaces

Think about the bathroom. Think about the sink. Think about door knobs. I’d recommend keeping things like that clean. And don’t forget your devices. We touch our phones constantly and, if you’re spending a lot of time at home, you’re probably touching your TV remote a lot. Wipe them down frequently to help prevent the spread of germs.

6. Call Your Health Care Provider

If you believe you’ve had a significant exposure, you should contact a health care provider. They can provide recommendations to keep you and your loved ones safe. And, if at any time you become uncomfortable with your symptoms, give them a call. If you’re in distress and are experiencing difficulty breathing, chest pain or confusion, call 911 or seek immediate medical attention in an emergency department.

Iahn Gonsenhauser is chief quality and patient safety officer at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and assistant professor of internal medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.


Buckeye Nation Rewards for the Community

We are living in extraordinary and unprecedented times, and Buckeye Nation Rewards wants to be both a resource for and a participant with Buckeye Nation as we battle the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our world-class Wexner Medical Center is a vital part of the greater community in providing health care support and education, and we will share that information via BNR so you are as informed and aware as possible.

We also want to look at ways we can help the incredible network of businesses across Buckeye Nation, big and small, who might be struggling with disruptions to the normal way of doing business.  BNR is encouraging you to support those businesses, particularly restaurants, that remain open for takeout or delivery service. 

We’re working to unite Buckeye Nation and provide a sense of community of support by drawing attention to places down the street, or across the country.  We are offering BNR services free of charge for businesses that want help in spreading their messages to more than 67,000 BNR members during this time.  Just let us know who you are, and how we can help!

This could include:

  • Restaurants, grocery stores, vital services offering delivery or carryout/pickup
  • Businesses or organizations involved in charitable fundraising to support local community efforts
  • Non-profits operating in support of businesses or families

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The BNR Team

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