As cliché as it may sound, I hope that you are safe and healthy.

The past few weeks have been a wrecking ball for our country. The news of death and despair, the lack of oxygen, hospital beds is all overwhelming for every Indian out there. But we want you to pause for a moment and take a deep breath.
I also want to take a moment to think of those stuck at home feeling like we cannot help the nation at this wretched hour.

The truth is each of us who are wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, staying at home, and following the given COVID-19 protocols are corona warriors.

Sometimes, people might need to stay home and away from others during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This is known as quarantine or isolation. Someone might need to do this if they have a COVID-19 infection, were in close contact with someone who’s infected, or have returned from traveling and aren’t yet fully vaccinated. Keeping your household ready can reduce stress in case your family needs to quarantine or isolate.

What Does Quarantine Mean?

Quarantine: This is when someone who might have been exposed to the virus but has no symptoms and isn’t fully vaccinated needs to stay home for 1 to 2 weeks.

What Does Isolation Mean?

Isolation: This is when someone who is infected with the virus and is contagious needs to stay home for 10 days after symptoms start or after they have a positive test result.

How Does Someone Quarantine or Isolate at Home?

Someone who is in quarantine needs to stay home and away from other people until it is clear that they are not infected.

While watching for symptoms of COVID-19, they should:

• Keep at least 6 feet away from other household members (unless they are also quarantining for the same reasons) and pets when possible.
• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, throw the tissue away and then, and then wash their hands right away. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

• Wash their hands well and often. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Someone in isolation who has symptoms of COVID-19 or had a positive test also should:

• Sleep in a bedroom not used by anyone else. If that’s not possible, try to keep as much of a distance as possible between beds. If sharing a bed, even sleeping head to toe can help.
• Use a separate bathroom, if possible.

• Use their own personal items (like cups, towels, and toothpaste) and not share these with others.
• Eat apart from the rest of the family.

What Can Other Family Members Do When a Person Is in Isolation?

Even if the person in isolation does not have symptoms, all household members should:

• Quarantine if a household member has tested positive or has symptoms of COVID-19.
• Wear a mask if they need to be in the room with the person who is in isolation or quarantine.
• Make sure shared spaces in the home have good air flow. You can open a window or turn on an air filter or air conditioner.
• Not have any visitors into the home.

• Wash their hands well and often. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Other ways to lower the risk of spreading the virus:

• If doing the laundry of the person in quarantine or isolation, wash it with detergent on the hottest temperature possible. To avoid sending the virus into the air, don’t shake the laundry. Wear gloves, if possible. Wash hands well after handling the laundry, even if you wore gloves.

• Every day, use a household cleaner or wipe to clean things that get touched a lot. These include doorknobs, light switches, toys, remote controls, sink handles, counters, and phones.

Do Others in the Household Need to Quarantine or Isolate?

• If someone is in quarantine and watching for symptoms, other household members do not need to quarantine unless the quarantined person develops symptoms or has a positive test result.

• If someone is in isolation because they have symptoms that could be from COVID-19 or had a positive test result, everyone in the family should quarantine for 14 days after their last close contact with that person.

I hope this helps a lot of you out there!
Till then, stay home, stay safe! This too shall pass💫


The blog is written by Aastha Jha🦄

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