Recommendations for the Lockdown Period

April 2, 2020
The lockdown period that coronavirus has forced us to adhere to puts us in a particular situation. Today we'll mention some recommendations to keep in mind in order to handle this time at home the best way possible.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, most of the population has had to change its habits. In some countries, governments have mandated a lockdown period. In others, authorities have recommended isolation and established certain restrictions on circulation.

The purpose of the lockdown period is to reduce the rate of infection. There’s a risk that health systems will become saturated coronavirus cases. Therefore, it’s important that we flatten the transmission curve so that health teams can have time to respond to the demands of this pandemic.

Despite the need to practice isolation, new complications have arisen from quarantine. Staying at home presents challenges when it comes to cohabitation, hygiene, and provisions.

Medical and governmental organizations have come up with guides and recommendations for the lockdown period. Their objective is to help their populations cope with this pandemic.

Mental health recommendations during the lockdown period

Mental health is fundamental during the lockdown period. Isolation isn’t something most of us are prepared for, much less when it has to do with the risk of getting sick.

One of the main recommendations under these circumstances is establishing daily routines. Organizing your day to day life helps organize your brain and your emotions. And this keeps you from falling into chaos and disorder.

Of course, you also need to be creative and avoid doing the same activities for two, three, or even more weeks in a row. So, as you organize your time, stay away from monotony. This is especially important for kids, who can’t deal with repetition without getting bored.

It will be important to stay connected with the outside world while we remain in isolation. Staying up to date with the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic will offer us a sense of security. However, we need to be careful not to overdo it, as too much information can be counterproductive. What’s more, make sure to get your information from trustworthy sources to avoid rumors that can lead to fear and panic.

Finally, tolerance is an obligation as we spend time in quarantine with other people. Living under the same roof, for so many hours, it’s logical for us to feel stressed and annoyed at times. It’s important to try to deal with these moments as best as possible, as they’re also a product of this particular situation.

A man in quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic.
Isolation forces us to remain indoors for a long period of time, and this implies a complete change in our routines.

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Nutrition and exercise

Being in quarantine is a risk factor when it comes to other aspects of our health. Obviously, staying at home is necessary right now due to the spread of coronavirus, which is a greater threat. However, that doesn’t mean we should neglect our bodies. Eating well and getting enough physical activity are still important.

Isolation can make it harder to keep our cupboards and refrigerators well-stocked. What’s more, when we spend long hours indoors, we tend to overeat between meals. Both of these factors can have a negative effect on our bodies.

Therefore, try to keep your diet as balanced as possible during the lockdown period. The use of routines with specific schedules will also help us to eat better. So, establish a time for breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner, and stick to this schedule.

When it comes to exercise, we have another risk factor, especially on a cardiovascular level. It’s easy to overlook physical activity if we don’t pay attention. Prolonged sedentarism can lead to weight gain, joint stiffness, and alterations in the circulation of blood.

Exercising at home is an activity that you can do together as a family as well. You’ll need to adapt to your current circumstances, taking advantage of routines that help you work out your entire body.

A woman grocery shopping during lockdown.
During the lockdown period, it can be more difficult to keep out cupboards and refrigerators well-stocked

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Hygiene during the lockdown period

Since the reason for the lockdown period is to stop the spread of coronavirus, practicing good hygiene at home has become fundamental. It’s one of the measures that helps to combat the pandemic and reduce the rate of contagion.

It’s extremely important for members of your household to wash their hands. Even if you’re not going outdoors, you should wash your hands before handling food and when going in and out of the bathroom.

When cleaning your home, it’s best to use bleach. The suggested proportion is one part bleach to 49 parts water, but be sure to check the label on the bottle to see exactly how to dilute. You can use this solution to clean floors and other surfaces in your home. Be sure to submerge clothes and dishes in water that’s at least 140ºF.

A difficult situation is when a member of a household suffers from coronavirusThis person will need to remain isolated in a specific room, with his or her own dishes and towels. If infected family members have to move about the house, they should maintain at least two meters away from the rest of the family and use a proper mask.

Remember that the lockdown period is temporary

We’re going through difficult times, and the recommendations for coping with the lockdown period must go hand in hand with our will power. We need to remember that this isolation is temporary. One day, it will be over and we may just come out of it stronger in the end if we know how to make the most of this time.

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