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How to Stay Healthy While You’re Stuck at Home Because of COVID-19

It feels like the coronavirus crisis went from zero to 60 in the time it takes to yell, “Wash your hands for TWENTY seconds!”


March Madness has been cancelled. Music festivals are nixed. Schools are closing left and right. Restaurants are shutting their doors. And, lord help us, there’s no toilet paper or hand sanitizer anywhere.


A Girl is Wearing a Mask

Despite the usual suspects calling COVID-19 a liberal hoax to hurt Trump (facepalm), coronavirus is serious. We need all hands on deck to get through this.

Here’s what we know:

  • Every state in the U.S. now has cases of coronavirus. New York, Washington, and California have the highest numbers of reported cases. The numbers change by the hour, but as of March 22 there were more than 32,000 cases across the country.

  • Older people and those with serious underlying health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, and conditions that compromise the immune system, are at higher risk of getting very sick. The risk is especially high for people age 80 and older.

  • Lack of testing means the number of coronavirus cases is likely much higher than reported.

  • It’s possible to spread coronavirus without having any symptoms, and many infected people will only develop very mild symptoms.

  • It’s unlikely a vaccine will be available for at least 18 months. We’re in it for the long haul at this point.

  • Trump has consistently lied, downplayed the situation, and straight-up gaslighted us about the risks and impacts of coronavirus. Let’s hope there are still some adults in the room who will do right by the American people.


Here’s what we need to do:


We all have a responsibility to do what we can to help manage this crisis. That includes:

  • Staying home or working from home, if possible.

  • Homeschooling kids (many K-12 schools districts, colleges, and universities have already suspended in-person classes).

  • Washing hands frequently (for at least 20 seconds—and get under those nails!) and avoiding touching your face, even while at home.

  • Stocking up on supplies—food, medications, sanitizers, and household goods.

  • Washing produce thoroughly. There’s no evidence that COVID-19 can live on produce, but there’s also none it can’t. And, a recent study found that COVID-19 can survive up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to 2-3 days on plastic and stainless steel, so take precautions.

  • Avoiding crowds and practicing social distancing; that means staying at least 6 feet away from others when possible (even at home), especially if you have a partner or roommate who continues to leave the house for work or other reasons.

  • Being prepared to be at home for two weeks or more.

  • Not having visitors at home.


Here’s how you can protect your physical and psychological health:

So, now you’re stuck at home trying to get some work done while kids are running circles (literally) around you. Here’s how you can stay healthy (and sane) in this challenging time.


Exercise/workout

Exercise is vital for physical and mental health, and it keeps your immune system strong. Dust off those old Tae Bo DVDs or, better yet, check out this full-body workout on YouTube that requires no equipment. It doesn’t matter what you do or how much, just get that body moving.


A Man is Doing Pushups

Meditate

From anxiety about work and paying the bills to worries over whether you or your kids might have been exposed to COVID-19, these are trying times. Meditation can help you rebalance and reset. It’s proven to actually rewire the brain for the better.


Tuck into a good book

For months you’ve been meaning to read that copy of The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray