WHY SHOULD I STAY AT HOME DURING COVID-19
“Anyone can contract COVID-19, although certain groups of people have a higher risk of developing severe complications from the virus and requiring hospitalization. Many people who catch the coronavirus will experience cold- or flu-like symptoms, and some people who get the virus will be completely asymptomatic. But no matter which group you fall into, everyone has a responsibility to limit the spread to other people, especially to those who may develop deadly complications,”
Dr Tom Moorcroft, an osteopathic doctor who specializes in infectious disease, tells CNET.
HERE ARE FEW THINGS YOU CAN BENEFIT WHILE AT HOME
SPENDING TIME WITH FAMILY
1. Stress Relief
It’s no secret that confiding in your friends and family is a healthy way to relieve stress. Stress can lead to a variety of health issues, such as high blood pressure, headaches, and heart arrhythmia. When you and your family spend quality time together, you can prevent these stress-related health issues and avoid unhealthy stress coping mechanisms such as binge eating or smoking.
2. Positive Choices
The health benefits of spending time with friends and family can extend to every part of a person’s life. Loved ones can encourage positive behaviours—like exercise and eating healthy— and discourage negative behaviours—like smoking and doing drugs.
– If your best friend loves going running, chances are you might try it with her. If your parents tend to prepare healthy meals at family dinners, you’ll probably pick up on that habit. Spending quality time on positive relationships can help you make great choices. Explains researchers from DESKLIB
3. Improved Mental Health
Another one of the health benefits of spending time with friends and family is improved mental health. Social interaction and mental health have long been linked together for having a cause-and-effect relationship. According to Psychology Today, face-to-face contact can reduce the risk of mental illness, such as depression and anxiety. Texting and social media are no substitution for spending time with friends and family as they can provide emotional support to those navigating life’s challenges. If you’re going through troubled times, surrounding yourself with a strong network of people can help prevent improve your mental health.
4. Increased Self-Esteem
Everyone has doubts and insecurities now and again. One thing that always seems to help is feeling valued and appreciated by the people you care about. When you and your friends and family spend quality time together, you feel loved and valued by them—helping you create a positive image of yourself. Your friends and family are always there to congratulate you on your successes, and to remind you of your worth during your failures. Being surrounded by a supportive network of people can help you build confidence and maintain healthy self-esteem.
5. Not Spreading The Virus.
PRACTISING SOCIAL DISTANCING
Social distancing is practices implemented by public health officials to keep contagious diseases from spreading. When an infected person speaks or exhales or coughs or sneezes, the droplets travel about 3 to 6 feet before gravity pulls them to the ground. These droplets could otherwise be inhaled or land in the mouths or noses of those nearby. By staying at home, you are for sure safe not to contact the COVID-19 as seen from the coronavirus chain of transmission.
NOT TOUCHING PUBLIC SURFACES
The coronavirus can remain on a surface long after someone who was infected had touched it. Harvard says it is essential—at the minimum– to wipe down these surfaces with disinfectant. When you stay at home, you won’t get in touch with public affected areas. This also gives room for the infection to be disinfected by the healthcare sanitation team. It is also vital that a healthy individual avoids touching their mouth, nose or eyes.