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10 Things to Do in Home Isolation

Updated on April 17, 2020
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The world is facing a pandemic of epic proportions with huge number of people infected worldwide. Statistic as of 16/4/2020 show 2,098,981 infections, 135,900 deaths, 523,753 recoveries. Countries have put in place measure to curtail the spread of covid-19. Some of the measures include social distancing, isolation, personal hygiene and treatment. Almost the entire world is on lockdown with stay at home order. So how can we home isolate and what exactly is this coronavirus.

What is Coronavirus?

According to the world health organization coronavirus is a virus that cause illness in humans and animals. Symptoms include coughing, respiratory infection and high fever. The respiratory infection range from sever acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) to Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). A new infectious coronavirus disease Covid-19 started in Wuhan, China December 2019.It spreads through person to person contact droplets on mouth, nose and eyes. Other ways of infection include exhalation and touching infected surfaces or objects.

Guitar Man in Isolation

Guitar Man in Isolation
Guitar Man in Isolation | Source

What is Self-Isolation?

The question is why self isolate in the first place. Self-isolation is the act of separating oneself from others. According to World Health Organization self-isolation is one of the strategies to curb the spread of corona virus. This is due to the highly infectious nature of the disease.

Reason to Self-Isolate

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Preventive Measures

Preventive measures are regular hands washing with soap and water. Others are use of alcohol based hand sanitizers, maintenance of at least 3 feet distance from anyone who show symptoms of sneezing or coughing. If you must sneeze use the inner elbow. Try to avoid hand contact with eyes, nose and mouth. Follow good respiratory hygiene, self-isolate if you feel unwell and seek medical attention if you show signs of infection.

Preventive measures

  • regular hands washing with soap and water
  • use of alcohol based hand sanitizers
  • maintain of at least 3 feet distance
  • avoid contact with eyes, nose and mouth
  • follow good respiratory hygiene
  • self-isolate if unwell and seek medical attention

Signs of Infection

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Cough
  • Sneezing
  • High fever

Signs of Infection
Prebetive Measures
Sick Person
High Fever
Hand Washing
Avoid contact
Call the Authorities
Breathing Difficulty
Use Alcohol based Sanitizers

10 Things to Do in Home Isolation

  1. Follow the rules on personal hygiene and safety
  2. Stay updated
  3. Eat healthy
  4. Perform home exercise
  5. Learn to relax
  6. Pray regularly
  7. Keep the mind business
  8. Don’t forget to call friends and family
  9. Earn some income
  10. Don’t skimp on sleep

1. Follow the rules on personal hygiene and safety

It is mandatory to follow the health practitioner’s advice on personal hygiene. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water at intervals. If you visit a grocery store or had reason to go outside your home, the moment you return take a bath with disinfectant soap. Remove the cloths and place them for laundry or wash immediately.

Make sure the house is disinfected and well aerated. The rules include social distancing of about 3 - 5 feet from the next person. Don’t forget to wear your facemask when outside your home and avoid handshakes or physical contact with people. Try to avoid people showing signs of sickness and only sneeze into your elbows or napkin.

2. Stay updated with the News

It is important to stay updated with news to remain informed. News today is very gory with huge numbers of infected persons worldwide topping 2 million people. However the good news is that only 3% fatality is recorded in most countries. This is rather high because every life is precious and meaningful. What you should do is watch the news for about an hour in the morning, afternoon and evening. Then turn to something lighter like a movie, comedy or documentary.

Girl holding a watermelon

Girl holding a watermelon
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3. Eat healthy

Help your body fight infections and disease by eating healthy. Dial down on carbohydrates and eat lots of fruits and vegetable. choose whole-grain over regular bread, eat food rich in protein and drink lots of water. Try to bake or roast instead of frying or grilling

5 Learn to relax

You need to find some time to properly relax with a cup of tea, biscuits and a good book. Lounge on a comfortable chair turn on some soft music and relax. This will temporarily fill the void of time and encourage a positive mindset.

Woman Stretching on the ground

Woman Stretching on the ground
Woman Stretching on the ground | Source

4 Perform home exercise

The body is such that it needs regular activity to perform optimally. That is why you need to develop an exercise routine to keep fit. Start with light exercises to strengthen the leg muscles, thorax and chest muscles. If you have a standing exercise bicycle even better! That would be sufficient. Another way is to tune in to a channel that offers daily morning exercise routines to stay fit.

5 Learn to relax

You need to find some time to properly relax with a cup of tea, biscuits and a good book. Lounge on a comfortable chair turn on some soft music and relax. This will temporarily fill the void of time and encourage a positive mindset.

Woman in red dress praying

Woman in red dress praying
Woman in red dress praying | Source

6 Pray regularly

There is nothing that happens on this earth without the foreknowledge of the all mighty. Pray regularly because it will sooth your soul and connect to the creator.

We pray to build a relationship with Jesus Christ, determine Gods will and Spiritual warfare. As Christian’s prayer is valuable to God therefore never stop praying.

7 Keep the Mind Busy

Keeping your mind busy is the key to home-isolation. You can start a book, listen to cool music, answer trivia question or finish a puzzle. If you are handy why not build something to improve the home. Do you have a vehicle in the garage you wished to restore why not work on that? There are so many small project to start like painting, sculpting, and writing poetry or bake a cake etc.

13 Things to do when you're bored at home in self-isolation

8 Don’t forget to call friends and family

This home-isolation is a good time to connect with friends and family. Dust that phone book or scroll down your contact list on your phone. Call your family so they know you are alright and talk to friends. It is important to stay connected to reduce the stress of self-isolation. You can use social media channels like Facebook, twitter, Instagram to connect with friends and family.

9 Earn some income

These are trying time so you need as much money as possible. If you are lucky this period you will earn only half your salary because you are not working. To make up the difference why not start earning passive or active income. Luckily we have the internet with hundreds of online business ideas. You can start a blog/website, write on hubpages, or start an ecommerce store. Other online opportunities are affiliate marketing, article writing, transcriptionist, surveys.

What our brain does while we sleep

10 Don’t skimp on sleep

The most important aspect of self-isolation is sleep. You need at least 6 hours of un-interrupted sleep every night for the body to work optimally. Many things happen while we sleep, our body produces white cells that help us fight against infection and diseases.


No one prays to be sick however if you have symptoms of cough, shortness of breath and fever immediately call the authorities. Coronavirus is not a death sentence and most people recover within 14 days and are negative. What causes death are underline health issues like phenomena, diabetes, cancer etc.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2020 femi


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    • bhattuc profile image

      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      8 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Very nice. Good points.

    • Usama Ch1 profile image

      Usama Chaudhary 

      12 months ago from Burewala, Pakistan

      really helpful

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      12 months ago from The Caribbean

      Very helpful. Thanks for these practical suggestions. We need to take them seriously.

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      Liz Westwood 

      12 months ago from UK

      Relaxation is important. Some have also suggested that sticking to a routine helps.


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