The coronavirus pandemic is scouring the globe, leaving no corner untouched. We’ve topped 336,000 cases, and 14,600 deaths. The virus is spreading exponentially. And that’s with mandatory quarantine and shutdowns.
Leaders across the globe are urging people to stay home, asking you to act like you are carrying the disease, because you could be, and you don’t want to infect anyone else.
The Surgeon General warns, “This week, it’s going to be bad.” Not enough people are taking the epidemic seriously, especially young people. They need to understand that they are not immune. They too can get infected and die. COVID-19 does not discriminate. It’ll take anyone.
So, if your profession allows, please stay home.
How to Quarantine
We’re either working from home, or we’ve been sent home. Or you’re being responsible and choosing to stay home, this is a good thing. It is also likely we’ll be home for a while. So, how do we do this quarantine business?
Before we go any further, let’s define the term’s we’ve been hearing in the media:
- Social distancing is, as you may know by now, staying six or more feet away from others
- Quarantine is when someone stays home because they have been exposed to COVID-19. They may or may not actually have the disease. They are either told to stay home or they choose to do so.
- Isolation is for the infected. They are isolated in the hospital.
- Shelter-in-place can get confusing because, for the coronavirus, it means something different than what we usually think it means, which is to stay where you are. Now, when a judge orders a shelter-in-place it means to stay home and only go out for essentials, like doctor visits and groceries. And it’s usually for an undefined length of time.
So, when we say to quarantine yourself, we’re asking you to assume you’ve been exposed to the virus. Not because you have, but because it’s the right thing to do.
We’re past the point of social distancing
Yes, stay six feet away from people. We’ve always advocated for social distancing, among other safety practices. But anymore, that’s not enough. If we want to slow the spread of the disease, we need to stay home for at least several weeks.
Check out this video that shows how the virus can spread exponentially:
This is how pandemics spread. Also this is how you do your bit to stop this. #Covid_19india #COVID19outbreak #coronaupdatesindia #IndiaFightsCorona #coronavirus #jantacurfew22march #pandemia #Corona #CoronavirusNewYork pic.twitter.com/Ww1iwrf3Lx— shaurya singh (@theshauryasingh) March 22, 2020
Sequestering yourself for the next several weeks can contribute to slowing the spread. Again, we all must do our part. As we’ve explained in another article, the incubation period of the coronavirus is about two weeks. What this means is, you can carry the disease for two weeks without experiencing any symptoms. Anyone can. Your safest bet is to isolate yourself at home.
What about everyone else?
Some cities, such as New York, have ordered quarantines. Dallas has issued a shelter-in-place, which allows for people to leave their residences for “essential activities” only. California has enacted similar policy across the board.
Whether your city or town has implemented such measures, or if you’re in a place that is not imposing restrictions, it’s still up to you to be responsible, care enough about others to prevent playing a part in spreading the virus. It’s up to you to stay home.
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