Unfortunately, Coronavirus has spread all over the world and the best way to protect ourselves from it, is to prepare for a possible quarantine/ self-isolation. This does not mean that you have to eat only protein bars or meal replacement drinks, although a good supplement for your immune system might come in handy!
So, what are the best self-isolation tips if you’re stuck at home for two weeks? First of all, we hope this is a preventive measure and you’re not potentially unwell or taking care of someone who is. If so, we hope you get to feeling better soon!
If you’re just anxious about how a potential spread of COVID-19 could affect your family and you only want to get your household ready while self-isolating, you should know that planning is the key.
First thing first, it is very important to understand that this measure means you should restrict any activity outside your home, avoid using public transportation or ride-sharing and restrict movement for a period of 14 days.
So, if you decided to not leave the house and be around people, you’ll need to stock up on all the essentials you need, from food to medicine, cleaning supplies, toilet paper & cat/dog food and things to keep you busy, entertained & distracted (board games, puzzles, movies).
If you already gathered the health-care essentials (e.g. Ibuprofen, nasal sprays, fever-reducing agents) and the cleaning products (hand sanitizer, disinfect wipes, disinfectant bleach), you should also think about food.
While some of these things might vary depending on your personal preference, there are some products that experts say are essential to have if you prepare for self-isolation.
The goal is to keep proteins as a top priority so stock up on meat, yoghurt and fresh eggs. They can keep up to several weeks and they are necessary in a nutrient-rich balanced meal. Nutritionists recommend 4 ounces of protein/person/day.
Canned foods (canned tuna, sardines, beans, soups) and dry goodies (dried mushrooms, dried tomatoes) are a must since they have a long self life and can help you enjoy a healthy meal without access to a grocery store.
Frozen items (fruits & veggies), frozen juice concentrate, frozen treats and pre-made meals provide a nutritious addition to your cooked meals or they can be a great choice especially if you can’t cook for yourself. Frozen fruits can be used for smoothies & veggies that can be stirred into soups or vegetable broth, as they have the same beneficial nutrient qualities like the the fresh ones.
Don’t forget to pop some ice-cream in that freezer as well, since it can be a great mood booster, something you might need after two weeks of isolation.
Dry goods such as rice, pasta, cereals, instant potatoes are great sources of carbs, fibers and protein and they can resist a longer period of time.
Buy spices & condiments as well (garlic powder, ground ginger, dried herbs, chili flakes, oregano) and items like ketchup, mayo & peanut butter, to make your meals more enjoyable.
Allow yourself some comfort food (candy, potato chips, peanuts) to have something to munch on while reading a book, playing a game or watching a movie.
If you can’t get out to buy these supplies or you don’t want to increase your exposure to coronavirus, food delivery services can be a great alternative. But try to be careful when dealing with the delivery person. Maybe he can leave the items you ordered at your door, or if you decide to answer the door, don’t forget to cover your nose & mouth to limit exposure between you and him.
Very important, sanitise everything you come into contact with, wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds and in case you are experiencing any of the coronavirus symptoms, contact your health care professional immediately.