As the coronavirus spreads, we are all faced with questions about how best to care for ourselves, and for others, in a public health crisis.
The relatively young and healthy may think they are unlikely to get sick or worse, to die, from this. And according to experts, they would be right. Statistics from around the world show that with each additional decade of life, the risk of fatality from Covid-19 increases. Some numbers indicate that those over 80 may have as much as 10 times the risk of dying as those in their 50s.
But even those who wouldn’t suffer dire consequences from infection—or even exhibit symptoms—could still expose more vulnerable people, whether the elderly, uninsured, undocumented, or unwell, to the disease. And this is the biggest reason to stay at home!
The Self-Quarantine Manifesto
- Don’t panic, but be alert.
- Wash your hands often and practice good cough and sneeze etiquette.
- Try to touch your face as little as possible, including your mouth, nose, and eyes.
- Practice social distancing, no hugs and kisses, no handshakes, no high fives. If you must, use safer alternatives.
- Do not attend concerts, stage plays, sporting events, or any other mass entertainment events.
- Refrain from visiting museums, exhibitions, movie theaters, night clubs, and other entertainment venues.
- Stay away from social gatherings and events, like club meetings, religious services, and private parties.
- Reduce travel to a minimum. Don’t travel long distances if not absolutely necessary.
- Do not use public transportation if not absolutely necessary.
- If you can work from home, work from home. Urge your employer to allow remote work if needed.
- Replace as many social interactions as possible with remote alternatives like phone calls or video chat.
- Do not leave your home unless absolutely necessary.
- Stay away and do not use playgrounds, or indoor theme parks, and do not organize birthday parties.
There will be plenty of time to play later but now is just not the time. So please stay at home and by doing so help stop pandemics, help medical workers and help saving lives!