The COVID-19 coronavirus has been on every news platform and social media site for weeks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Center (CDC) suggested that people practice social distancing and, if necessary, quarantine themselves entirely.
So what is there to do in times when everyone is stuck at home?
One of the most time-consuming activities is cleaning. The CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting all high-touch surfaces. This includes surfaces such as tables, counters, desks and toilets.
Use a detergent or soap and warm water to clean surfaces prior to disinfecting them. Use unscented household bleach diluted with water to wipe down surfaces. For more cleaning tips, visit the CDC’s website.
If cleaning is not appealing, there are many other options.
To keep the brain stimulated, try putting together a puzzle or completing activity books like word finds or sudoku. Normally, you search grocery stores, register aisles, or the book section at Walmart. However, given the circumstances, you can find free printable versions available online to avoid leaving the house.
Staying home is a good time to catch up on reading books.
You could also take advantage of adult coloring books, which can be purchased at local dollar stores or at an online retailer.
To keep the body active, take walks. While this can seem boring and unhelpful, it is an opportunity to safely get out of the house and still get some exercise.
Another option to stay fit during this time is online workouts. Many fitness bloggers are recording at-home workouts without equipment to give followers alternatives to gyms.
In addition, some gyms are also offering free online classes, and many are extending the offer to non members. There are also many YouTube accounts that provide equipment-free workouts to do at home.
Students stuck at home during social distancing may find it difficult because they cannot see their friends. To see, talk and hangout with your friends, video-chat on FaceTime, talk on the phone or message each other on social media.
If you need to leave the house to get supplies, make sure you take every precaution.The CDC recommends you stay at least 6 feet away from others at all times, according to the CDC.