The Quandry of Quarantine

T Rex Wahing Hands

There’s been a lot of talk about the Corona Virus; in fact, that seems to be the only topic in the news right now; and while I rarely go onto social media sites, I was curious about what’s circulating there, and so I went on yesterday. While I agree that misinformation and scare-mongering are never helpful (and those both seem to abound in social media, like a wildfire virus) I disagree with people’s faulty conclusion that there must, therefore, be no danger of coming into contact with the disease or with the disease itself.

My husband and I have been cautious, we’ve been washing our hands and keeping a distance between ourselves and others, but the fact is, we all come in contact with things that have been in contact with others every day: The coins you use, the door handles you turn, the shopping cart you push, the food packages stocked onto the shelves in the store by someone else. And despite all our precautions, we have been infected. We are now under self-imposed quarantine for two weeks.

Quarantine will be a topic for a lot of people; in Italy currently, that “lot” is 16 million or more. So what do you do with two weeks within your own walls? Nowadays, I can shop online – I can order groceries delivered to our door from local shops (if they’re not under lock-down, too); I can have electronics delivered overnight – faster than if I had to go to a shop (if the postman can still get out). But I think the most deciding factor in making it through quarantine well is on the level of mental health; however, some people are better-equipped for isolation than others. Indoor hobbies play a huge role in helping people pass the time. Those who have no hobbies, perhaps because they think they have no time for such things, will suddenly find themselves with LOTS of time on their hands. People like my husband, who have to move and exercise or they go a bit stir-crazy, will need to figure out creative ways of doing so within the confines placed on them. Even if you aren’t there yet, it may be helpful to figure out ways to make time pass meaningfully, because like it or not, Corona is in our lives for a while yet, and it will shape our societies, economics and personal constructs for some time to come.

So to help, I thought I’d give a few suggestions of what to do on a rainy day, or as in our case, quarantine:

  • Learn something. YouTube abounds with interesting videos on every topic under the sun. Here are a few of my favourite channels:
  • For entertainment, YouTube offers films, comedy (try “Dry Bar Comedy“), talk shows (e.g. Good Mythical Morning)
  • Do a puzzle. Either a physical one or a virtual puzzle.
  • Play an instrument – you might have enough time to polish your abilities.
  • Learn a new craft, or dust off one you already know how to do. Find an outlet for your results – often, a goal will help focus your efforts… either as a gift for a friend, or as a donation to a charity or cause (e.g. hats for cancer patients, or toys for animal shelters). I have an endless supply of ideas for crafts, so I’m all set. πŸ˜‰
  • Read a good book. If you need ideas, check out this link! πŸ™‚ Books that I like to read depend on my mood; I like anything by Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen and Stephenie Meyer; the Descended series by Dana Pratola, and anything by C.S. Lewis or J.R.R Tolkien.
  • Watch a good film. Whether a DVD or something through an online source, there are hundreds of good possibilities out there.
  • Connect with people. That may sound odd as a suggestion for time spent in quarantine, but people are a phone number away. We have one friend here who is also in isolation, and she knows no one else in Switzerland yet; so we are on the phone daily right now, as a way for her to connect with someone outside of her four walls. We’ve called friends to make sure they’re okay (if need be, I can go out, as I have a supply of face masks). If you have other people in your home, play a game together.

I hope you never face quarantine, but if it happens, decide ahead of time to view it as an opportunity dropped into your lap; you’ll be better able to cope with it if you have a positive outlook on it, and you’ll be more equipped to take the bull by the horns and find a way to come out the other side a better person!

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14 responses to “The Quandry of Quarantine

  1. We have very limited testing abilities in Oregon, so we don’t really know the extent of infection. I have a Dr. appt. next Monday (it’s been scheduled for months). Maybe she’ll have a test kit. I hope so.

  2. Love your suggestions!

  3. You have lots of good suggestions for keeping occupied. As of today, our county has no confirmed case of the virus. People are being careful and going about as usual. I hope you enjoy your down time.

  4. First and foremost, I hope you and your husband end up okay. Secondly, I think your post should be distributed by the CDC. It is so specifically helpful from its openness about being mentally healthy through to all the suggestions on how to spend our time in quarantine. Really, this is first-rate work. Thank you so much!

  5. Reblogged this on clcouch123 and commented:
    How to live through self-imposed quarantine. Her takes on everything are sound!

  6. Thank you! I hope they help someone under the circumstances or not. πŸ™‚

  7. Good to hear! Unfortunately, the incubation time is a week before showing symptoms, so it may well be in your area already; just stay careful and keep your distance…

  8. Wow, thank you for that compliment! Feel free to repost, or pass it on otherwise! πŸ™‚ I hope it helps those in similar circumstances, whether from the coronavirus of those who are shut-ins for other health reasons.

  9. It’s bound to show up here, but we are behind other places.

  10. I hope you stay that way!

  11. Anna Fox

    Great ideas, Stephanie! How about coloring? I stumbled upon these gems and I am going to spend a few days coloring: https://howtonow.com/best-adult-coloring-books-how-to-download-free-printable-coloring-pages-from-museums/
    Thoughts?

  12. Yes! Adult colouring books are a great idea, too – thanks for the tip!

  13. Thank you for the link! I’d never thought about museum colouring books, but it’s a brilliant idea.

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