Coronavirus outbreak is still risking the existence of humankind in different countries around the world. Like the other countries of world, our Government has asked general people to stay at home quarantine for a certain period to prevent the contagion of COVID-19 disease. Home quarantine might feel like a holiday initially, but when it extends beyond a week, it might feel like a prison unless you find some ways to keep the mind engaged.
In a typical day, some elderly people love to go for an evening-walk; some enjoys meeting their same-aged friends in a cafe or tea stall; some visit local library; while some senior citizens travel across the town to manage the perfect seed for their garden. Home quarantine prohibits them doing their favorite activities. Unlike youngsters, the old people have limited options for recreation during home quarantine. Read this article if you are looking for ways to keep the elderly members your family occupied during the quarantine period.
Considering the level of physical strength of your elderly family members, you can persuade them in doing some morning exercises and workouts. Furthermore, you can teach your parents and other senior relatives some Yoga poses which will make them feel better both physically and emotionally. If workouts seem difficult for their old bodies you can motivate them in practicing meditation which will pacify their mind releasing anxieties caused by coronavirus pandemic.
By the wings of imagination, humankind can travel beyond their home, country, region or even universe. Unlike the internet-freak current young generation, most of the elderly persons get immense pleasure in reading books. You can buy your senior family members some novels written by their favorite writers. What is more? You can also hearten your adorable parents to read bed time stories to their grandchildren which can make them feel blissful.
People get old with memories – composed of success, failure, joy and sorrows – which can be a pathway of learning for their descendants. Our aged family members have always something useful to teach us through the lens of their own life-experience. You can inspire the elderly members to share their memories with the young members of your family. If you have kids at home, you can fix a story telling session, when the grandparent will tell fairy tales or real-life stories to their grand children. It will strengthen the bonding between young and old souls of your family which is very essential to make their quarantine period pleasant.
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The old people who love outdoor sports like Golf, but are now getting bored inside home due to coronavirus, can play indoor games. To allow your elder parents some fun activities, you can bring several family members to play carom board game, chess game or ludu game. If you have enough space at home, arrange an indoor ping pong table, or indoor table tennis table which will boost up the physical strength of your elderly parents in addition to making them cheer up.
Wring special feelings, and/or day to day memories is another great way to release the Coronavirus stress. Why don’t you encourage the elderly family members to start writing a diary? It will not only keep their mind occupied but also prevent them from the urge of going outside home to kill their loneliness.
If you have a space in your roof or balcony with enough sunlight exposure, plant some trees. And ask for help to your elderly parents in watering those plants regularly. Thus you can help them find a new way to shower their love and care to a living being.
The senior citizens rarely find interest in playing video games. Rather they love to watch movies. To escape the anxiety due to the current epidemic of COVID-19 disease, you can persuade your old parents and relative not to watch the news all day long. Instead, you can select them some classic movies which can keep them smiling like old times.
Every individual has different personality traits. You can encourage your elderly parents trying creative things depending on their special individual interest. For instance, your mother can find joy in trying a new recipe; while your old man may enjoy making his grand kid a paper toy. In simple words, support them in trying things which can make them happy. And let them doing what really works for them.
Bangladeshi healthcare company Digital Healthcare Solutions has launched a Coronavirus symptom check online.
It is available free of cost. Anybody can go to their site (https://coronachecker.dh.health/) and give his or her present basic health information and get an assessment of whether one is at risk of infection by the virus or not.
This is developed in Bangladesh by Digital Healthcare Solutions (DH), a Grameen social business company, which was previously known as Telenor Health.
It is offering digital healthcare services for the last four years and has a client base of over five million, said a media release on Thursday.
Through this announcement, DH encourages each person to spend 40 seconds every day to do the check to make sure things are same as on previous days.
“Corona Symptom Checker” (https://coronachecker.dh.health/) empowers everyone by offering a smart solution for self-assessment of the symptoms one might have and whether those are related to COVID-19.
Coronavirus can even be particularly deadly for elderly people, or those with preexisting diseases, if not addressed at the right time.
This symptom checker incorporates the latest medical insights from NHS UK, CDC in the USA, and DGHS of Bangladesh and enables anyone, sitting at home, to conduct a risk analysis check in less than a minute.
DH explains that the purpose of its symptom checker is to help users make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care, and it is not intended for the full diagnosis or treatment of COVID-19.
The online tool asks a series of questions to establish the level of illness being experienced by the user and directs them with appropriate recommendations as per DGHS and IEDCR guidelines.
Recommendations range from calling the government hotline (16233, 333), staying at home and visiting designated hospitals or isolated places within a hospital. A series of health tips and videos are also available, on how to wash hands effectively, and how to safely quarantine and isolate when required.
As the Coronavirus is sweeping through almost all the countries of the world including Bangladesh affecting more than 463,000 people with a death toll of nearly 21,000 as of March 25, hospitals are being flooded with hundreds of thousands of patients, who, in most cases are not even related to Coronavirus infection, said the media release.
Unless advised by physicians, COVID-19 patients should avoid visiting hospitals and stay in self isolation at their homes to ensure the prevention of further spread of the infection.
If used properly, “Corona Symptom Checker” can help the country reduce additional pressure on the healthcare system by keeping patients with mild symptoms at home not hospital.
The only way to protect ourselves from this outbreak is staying at home, social distancing, and raising awareness of prevention and symptoms of the virus.
“These are extraordinary times for everyone. The more we take control to understand our symptoms, the better we would be able to help our health system look after the critically ill patients. Share this as widely as possible to your family and loved ones, and ensure everyone takes the checker,” said Dr Khaled Hasan, Head of Clinical Operations, Digital Healthcare Solutions.
The world is shivering with fear and anxiety due to the massacre caused by the new coronavirus 2019. The number of newly affected persons is skyrocketing day by day. The death toll of COVID-19 disease is mounting rapidly around the world pushing us into great despair. The Governments of different countries around the world have already shut down schools, offices, and markets to avoid the further outbreak of COVID-19 disaster. People are asked to stay at home and maintain self-quarantine. However, while staying in home quarantine many people are suffering from coronavirus-anxiety which is deteriorating their mental and physical health. Here goes some ways about how to handle your coronavirus anxiety during the home quarantine.
It is great to stay aware of the current situation of COVID-19 occurrences in your city and the country. But if you are frequently checking out the statistics of how many people are getting affected or dying every day, then you are risking your mental peace. Remember that worrying can’t save you from coronavirus, but awareness does! However, escaping the news totally may not be wise. It would be sensible to reserve a fixed period of your daily schedule for checking the latest news update instead of watching the news constantly throughout the whole day. If you are anxious about any health issue, you can share with your family members and take medical assistance, if required.
Nowadays, people are often Google about health issues rather than seeing a doctor, which might be dangerous. If you experience any symptoms of Coronavirus consult with a doctor, instead of wasting time for Googling. Google is flooded with counterfeit medical message-boards, blogs, and forums who often suggest dubious health advice. For instance, if you search for covid19 symptoms, Google will pull thousands of articles from both authentic and non-authentic sources. Some of their information might seem contradictory. It may increase your anxiety and worsen your health situation. So, it would be better to follow a reliable authentic source – like the WHO Coronavirus website – to stay informed.
It is told that a lazy brain is the creator of evil thoughts. Are you staying at home and watching TV continuously? The news scrolls will remind you about the morbid effect of COVID-19, even if you are skipping the news bulletin. It requires some effort to escape the panic regarding coronavirus which is gulping the whole world every moment. The easiest way to immune from coronavirus anxiety is to divert your mind. You can make a routine for your quarantine period. Start your morning with some workouts and/or yoga. Schedule a timetable for watching your favorite TV show, reading a new novel, maintaining a blog, watering your plants, doing household chores, etc. When you can keep your mind busy with creative works, anxiety can hardly catch you!
In our hectic days, it is not possible always to extract some quality time for sitting on the couch to watch a movie or eating a meal together with all family members. Coronavirus home quarantine period can give you this windfall opportunity. If you have kids, spend more time with them helping in their academic study. To ditch the anxiety you can bake/cook a mouth-watering dish. You can also surprise your loved ones making their favorite food. It will not only help you to reduce your anxiety but also help other members of your family to stay healthy and happy.
If you are constantly worrying about the death of you and your loved ones, you will eventually get sick of mental shock which is no less harmful than any virus attack. Therefore, try to be optimistic about the win of humankind against COVID-19. Instead of emphasizing on death tolls of COVID-19, think about the increasing rate of recovery from the new coronavirus 2019. Always try to remember that nothing on earth is permanent. Sooner or later the morbid occurrences of COVID-19 will end and the people will get back to their regular pace of life. Until that situation arrives, hold your patience with immense mental stamina. It will give you hope to fight against this disaster both mentally and physically.
So far we have discussed some steps to reduce your coronavirus anxiety. If you are still worried about Coronavirus, then schedule a daily ‘Worry Time’. You can allow yourself a limited period – like 30 minutes or less – to get anxious. During this period you can watch the news or read an authentic blog to stay aware of the COVID-19 situation. It will both pacify your curiosity and help you stay aware of what’s happening around the world. After that go back to your quarantine routine and occupy yourself with other healthy tasks.
On the whole, your mental strength can protect yourself from Coronavirus anxiety. However, it is strictly recommended to take care of your health, stay at home quarantine, practice hygiene, maintain social distance, and take necessary safety precautions to prevent getting infected by Coronavirus 2019. Stay Safe!
To prevent the contagion of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), the government has shut down schools across the country. Mass people are advised for staying at home and maintaining social distance. However, young kids can hardly understand the gravity of this situation. As the school is closed, the enthusiastic young souls are eager to go outside to play with other kids. Many parents are struggling to confine their kids within four walls for quarantine. Teaching kids about social distancing has become a nightmare. Here you will find some effective ways to keep your children busy and entertained during the period of coronavirus home quarantine.
While the school is open, the life of a kid circulates around a tight schedule for waking up earning in the morning, having breakfast, getting dressed up for school, doing the homework after school, playing with friends in the afternoon and going to bed, etc. You can generate a week-long schedule for your kid replicating its school-week timetables along with some additions and deductions. Plan a timetable for the whole day ranging from waking up to bed-time. Keep time for eating, learning, playing, etc. Map the schedule keeping in mind about your kid’s personal behavioral traits. Help the kid to cope up with that new life-routine.
To keep your kid in touch with school education, it is necessary to continue homeschooling during the quarantine. You can intelligently make out a plan on how to get the best out of the quarantine for academic purposes. You can engage your kid in solving math problems. You can also give it a language workbook. Try to emphasize the areas where your child needs help. You can also let the kid study following its own interest. If you can give your kid some incentives for reaching its study goals, it will feel more enthusiasm in learning. Keeping the child busy in reading will keep it motivated when the schools will reopen after a few days.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children starting from three-year-old gain benefits if parents include some manageable chores in their timetable. You might have noticed sometimes that your kid feels entertained while doing chores with you. You can ask your kid to help you with household chores. It will both keep the kid occupied and help it to grow up as a responsible person. However, considering the age level of your kids you can select chores like organizing their own wardrobe, sorting out their own dirty laundry, cleaning its own bed, bringing things you need from another room, breaking the shell of a hardboiled egg, etc.
Kids tend to get pleasure from running, jumping, and moving organs almost for no reason. But the imposed social distancing during coronavirus home quarantine can make them feel bored. Why don’t you encourage your kid in practicing some easy workouts? It would be more enjoyable if you engage your kids in your daily morning workout session. It will not only make the kid utilize its energy, but also help it in calming the mind and staying away from boredom. You can devise some kid-friendly workout ideas, like deep breathing, meditation, simple Yoga techniques, mindfulness, etc.
It is said that every negative thing comes with a bit of positivity. In the hectic days, you may barely manage time to sit and listen to your kids. Now you can utilize the home quarantine period in strengthening the bonding with your kids. Try to spend some quality time with your kids. Do whatever the kid gets fun of. You can allow the kid to choose its favorite food, then start baking together. Thus the mind of your kid will get occupied in learning a new thing, which can make it feel like a winner. Besides working together, you can cuddle together while reading a children's book or watching a children's movie. You can also sing and/or dance with your kid or arrange an in-house picnic with your family members. These small attempts will make the kids forget about stepping out from home until the quarantine phase ends.
It is not necessary to spend all the quarantine hours reading academic books. The advancement of technology occupies their leisure time watching TV and video games instead of reading. Kids of this generation rarely find time to read extracurricular books like rhymes, or fairy tales. As the quarantine period gives you the opportunity to spend a lot of extra time with your kid, indulge them in reading a book outside their curriculum. It can get your kid to develop a reading habit in a natural way. Furthermore, reading supplementary books can enrich their vocabulary, build language skills, and flourish their creativity.
The holiday of a kid is meant to play with friends. The home quarantine can be relaxing for adults, but it sounds like a punishment for young kids. To save your kid from feeling monotony you can engage it with some productive and motivating tasks. You can encourage your kid to build a structure with logos utilizing its own imagination and creativity. You can also employ the kid in solving puzzles, which will not only sharpen its problem-solving skills but also improve its memory. What is more? You can arrange some art supplies, and introduce your kid to the magic of portraying an imaginary world with paints, color pencils, markers, or crayons. To please the craving mind of your kid you can also give it a science kit. Doing fun with scientific experiments your kid may discover its own passion; who knows!
First, some of the coronavirus tests didn't work. Then there weren't enough to go around. Now, just as the federal government tries to ramp up nationwide screening, laboratory workers are warning of a new roadblock: dire shortages of testing supplies.
The shortages are the latest stumble in a botched effort to track the spread of coronavirus that has left the U.S. weeks behind many other developed countries. Dwindling supplies include both chemical components and basic swabs needed to collect patient samples.
There are "acute, serious shortages across the board" for supplies needed to do the tests, said Eric Blank, of the Association of Public Health Laboratories, which represents state and local health labs.
Late Friday, Blank's group and two other public health organizations recommended that testing be scaled back due to "real, immediate, wide-scale shortages." The groups said only patients with COVID-19 symptoms who are elderly, have high-risk medical conditions or are medical staff should be tested.
"Testing for individuals who are not in these three groups is not recommended until sufficient testing supplies and capacity become more widely available," said the joint statement, issued with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists.
Testing is a critical part of tracking and containing infectious diseases like COVID-19. But the U.S. effort has been plagued by a series of missteps, including accuracy problems with tests the CDC sent to other labs and bureaucratic hurdles that slowed the entrance of large, private sector labs.
With the virus spreading, officials in the U.S. have shifted focus from tracking the virus to extraordinary measures to blunt its damage. On Thursday California's governor told its 40 million residents to stay home indefinitely and venture outside only for essential jobs.
But public health experts stress that policymakers are "flying blind" in deciding how to manage the pandemic.
"The only way to get through it without testing is to keep the entire country quarantined for the next 18 months" said Dr. Ashish Jha, a Harvard University global health professor. "That obviously is untenable."
Jha and his colleagues say the U.S. should be screening 100,000 to 150,000 people per day. The current rate is roughly 20,000 per day, he estimates, though it is accelerating as larger commercial companies ramp up testing.
The director of Missouri's state lab said Friday that his facility is facing shortages of swabs, liquids to store patient samples and kits to develop the results. Many labs are having similar problems, said Bill Whitmar.
"Quite frankly, 95% to 98% of the talk between lab directors has been about the shortage of supplies," Whitmar said.
At this point only 500 swabs are available. And the lab only has supplies to last through Tuesday, he reported.
The Jefferson City lab does only a fraction of the coronavirus testing performed in Missouri, with commercial labs now doing the largest share. But Whitmar's lab is where tests are run on the people most likely to be infected in that state.
The shortages have become a central concern in increasingly urgent communications among governors and federal officials.
"Most of my phone calls today have been about swabs," Gov. Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island said during a Tuesday news conference. "That's our big issue at the moment."
The Trump administration's top health official suggested Friday that the "anecdotal" reports of shortages are caused by confusion about how to find alternative supplies.
"Usually it's that the lab people do not understand that there are alternative supplies in the marketplace that they are perfectly free to use," Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar told reporters in a briefing at the White House. He said the federal government is purchasing and shipping swabs to states.
Whitmar, the Missouri lab director, said many suppliers just don't have the products in stock.
"An order is not a swab in hand," he said.
On Friday, New York City health officials directed medical providers to limit COVID-19 testing to people sick enough to require hospitalization, saying wider testing is exhausting supplies of protective equipment. The city's health department said unnecessary testing was contributing to a shortage of masks, gowns, collection swabs and other supplies.
The coronavirus test uses a chemical chain reaction to detect tiny traces of the virus' genetic material and reproduce it many times. State and local health labs follow the technique first developed by the CDC, which calls for a specific genetic kit made by German diagnostic firm Qiagen. Labs around the globe are reporting shortage of those kits.
Qiagen said this week it is trying to boost production from normal levels, which are capable of testing 1.5 million patients per month, to amounts that would allow for testing more than 10 million patients by the end of June.
The World Health Organization has instructed countries to "test, test, test" to track and isolate those carrying the virus. But the evolving message from U.S. decision-makers acknowledges that many suspected cases will likely go untested.
The White House has increasingly emphasized that testing should prioritize the elderly and health care workers who have symptoms of the virus. While most cases of COVID-19 are mild and tens of thousands of people have recovered, older people and those with underlying health problems are at higher risk for more serious problems, such as pneumonia.
"We don't want everyone to go out and get a test because there's no reason for it," President Donald Trump told reporters in a briefing Friday. (Two weeks ago, Trump declared "anybody who wants a test can get a test." But his deputies later walked back that statement.)
The CDC tells people to seek testing if they have certain symptoms of the flu-like illness caused by the coronavirus – fever, cough and trouble breathing – and if they have traveled recently to an outbreak area or have been in close contact with someone who is infected. They should first be tested for the flu and other routine infections.
While doctors are supposed to decide who ultimately gets tested, many state labs have adjusted their guidelines depending on testing availability.
The Trump administration is expected to soon announce the rollout of nearly 50 community-based testing centers around the country, including drive-thru sites.
Some experts worry the introduction of convenient, mass screening will divert supplies from people with severe symptoms to those who face lower risks.
"It's taking supplies that are already in very short supply away from the testing laboratories that are doing necessary testing," said Blank, of the public health labs association.