In the UK it got announced this evening that we are now implementing the WHO guideline that people in households with (new) coughs and fevers have to be isolated for 14 days and all ‘non essential meetings’ are cancelled. No going to pubs, theatres or cinemas. People in at-risk groups been told they have to stay in for 3 months.
So how to stay sane and keep connected?
How to support one another in ways that may not seem as obvious?
I hope that there’s going to be an abundance of live events. YouTube, Instagram and facebook all do this, and it can be great!
Zoom, Skype and Google hangouts are platforms to use for free to have a group catch up with friends and family near and far.
Telephone friends and family who do not have internet.
Post letters and cards to friends and family (but obviously wash your hands before).
Things to do
My friend Laura (Faithfully Fit) is posting YouTube videos of a simple at home workouts you can do. Check them out here.
I know my friends love Yoga by Adrienne.
Here is a helpful list of lots of educational resources that are free for kids and families if your kids are having to stay home from school. My friend Caroline who home educates her 4 kids has also blogged some top tips for parents who suddenly find themselves homeschooling.
Girlguiding are currently trying to come up with ways to help girls stay connected and guiding while we can’t meet in person. I’m sure Scouts will do the same.
Duolingo is a great free app for learning languages.
Listen to live radio shows you love.
If you are able – go outside for a walk (but do keep your distance from people – 6ft at all times recommended).
Read. Why not order a book and with your friends read it together with a what’s app chat about how you are enjoying (or not enjoying) it?
Teach yourself how to knit, play ukulele, paint, draw, doodle.
Create a schedule for yourself.
How we can support one another
Popping a note through door of neighbours to give a link to a facebook group or similar (or perhaps if elderly giving a phone number) so people can call on someone to pick up something from supermarket or pharmacy if they have to self isolate for 14 days is obvious.
But also the fact is that those not working for public sector or larger businesses where things can be done with social distancing are going to be affected by this.
Retail workers are mostly all on 4 hour contracts – so though most of them work much more than this, they’ll only be allowed 4 hours a week statutory sick pay. Many in the catering industry are on zero hour contracts. Charities rely hugely on fundraising events from bake sales, to marathons. Hairdressers, beauty therapists, physios, osteopaths. Airline staff, hotel staff, cinema staff, florists, restaurant and cafe owners, writers, artists, sound techs, musicians, actors…the list could go on and on. Because the government have not ‘banned’ us, just said we shouldn’t, they have no protections for insurance coverage.
Sooo…. order books for delivery from your local bookshops. See if your restaurant will do deliveries without you having to open your door. Buy gift cards for the cinemas, restaurants, hairdressers, beauticians and all the rest if you can.
People in the Performing Arts industry – let us know how we can support you while you are unable to work.
Saving money from your commute you aren’t doing at the moment? Why not donate that to a charity or your friend’s fundraising page for that event they had being training for which is now postponed.
In Scotland, a facebook group has started to gather volunteers who can offer childcare to people who will have to continue going into work. Investigate what might be in your local area.
Got caught in the madness of panic buying and realise you don’t actually need all that formula, bleach, toilet roll and tinned food because the supermarkets are still open? Consider donating it to your local food bank who have been left short unable to give to people in desperate need of it.
But most of all – please isolate yourself for 14 days if you show any signs of COVID-19. A dry cough, shortness of breath, flu like symptoms, fever. Or any other infectious illness that could compromise someone’s immune system. I know mumps, scarlet fever and more are also doing the rounds just now!
Any more ideas or thoughts for how we can help one another through this?
Add them in the comments below.