The last few weeks have seen the coronavirus spread rapidly across the globe with cases increasing on a daily basis. Despite this, it is important that we all avoid panic, but we must all remain mindful of the situation. Mandatory quarantine is being introduced in more and more countries, limiting discretionary travel, and it is important that we respect the rules put in place to counteract the virus. We all have a lot of questions about the virus, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19.
What are the coronavirus symptoms?
For an in-depth look at the coronavirus symptoms, and what to do if you suspect you have them, the World Health Organisation and the CDC have all the information you will need. The most common symptoms to look out for are similar to the common cold and seasonal flu, such as a dry and persistent cough, a fever, and fatigue. In severe cases, infected people may experience difficulty breathing. Recently, 50% of coronavirus cases have reported suffering from digestive problems as one of the symptoms of coronavirus. It’s difficult to say exactly what is coronavirus like, as the extent that people might feel these symptoms varies case to case. If you suspect you have contracted coronavirus, it is important that you contact your local health authority by phone, follow their instructions to the letter, and then observe social-distancing and social isolation, avoiding discretionary travel at all costs.
How do I treat coronavirus?
As it stands, there is no known preventative medication or cure for coronavirus, and lots of myths and unverified solutions have been mooted on social media channels. If you’re concerned that you or someone close to you has contracted the virus, you should seek medical advice by phoning your local health authority. There have been a lot of posts made about ibuprofen and coronavirus, and while there is no sure evidence about whether or not it’s unsafe, medical experts have said that until we have more information, take paracetamol to treat the symptoms of coronavirus unless your doctor has told you paracetamol is not suitable for you. So make sure you have some paracetamol in the house to alleviate some of the symptoms, keep hydrated, rest, and above all, wash your hands regularly and thoroughly.
How long does coronavirus live on surfaces?
According to recent research carried out and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the virus was detected on copper surfaces after four hours, and on cardboard surfaces after 24 hours. However, it was still able to be detected for up to 72 hours later on stainless steel and plastic surfaces. It’s important, therefore, that you regularly wipe down the surfaces in your home with a decent cleaner. Washing your hands before you go anywhere and as soon as you return home is absolutely vital as the virus can live on surfaces, albeit not for very long.
What is discretionary travel?
Discretionary travel is basically all non-essential travel. For example, to visit people out of town, going on vacation, and other such travel. With lockdowns and mandatory quarantine being enforced in various countries around the world now, the only places the majority of people can go to are supermarkets, pharmacies, and work, although many companies are being encouraged to allow work from home while lockdowns are in effect. In the US, quarantine and a stay at home order has been released in California, starting social-distancing in the states. There are also a number of travel bans and restrictions being introduced globally to stem the spread of the virus.
What is self-isolation compared to quarantine?
Put simply, self-isolation is when you decide to isolate yourself if you feel the symptoms of coronavirus, or are concerned that someone you live with has it. Quarantine will either be advised by medical staff and as with many countries now, mandatory quarantine will be implemented if the virus continues to spread rapidly. Various countries are yet to enforce a mandatory quarantine regarding coronavirus. UK lockdown measures are slowly being brought in with the closure of schools, and more and more people are opting to self-quarantine by working from home, and as mentioned previously, border controls and travel bans are being implemented worldwide.
How do I prepare for quarantine?
If you’re in Italy, France, and like us at Glamping Hub, in Spain, and now California, you’re now all too aware of what mandatory quarantine entails. If you’re still waiting for mandatory quarantine to be implemented, there are a few things you can do to get yourself ready. The first, most important thing to remember is don’t panic buy! Only buy what you’ll need for a few days or a week. You can still go to the supermarket if you need to, as well as pharmacies. Get ready for social distancing by downloading apps to hang out with friends and keep in touch with your family so you can remain social at a distance. Also, make sure you’ve got some decent space set up if you have to work from home. You should try and keep your space separate from where you relax so you can still close the door on work at the end of the day.