With the continued spread of the coronavirus and the increase of positive cases found, more countries and individuals are being quarantined.
Countries such as Italy have imposed strict rules in attempts to lessen the impact of the virus. The United States is enforcing more regulations and some states, like New York, have mandated that “non-essential workforce” must stay home.
Sophomore nursing major, Olivia Dardis, expressed that should North Carolinians find themselves in this situation, it is a good idea to have supplies such as groceries and medical supplies on hand along with other things to keep one busy.
“I would also advise keeping arts and crafts, house projects and schoolwork handy because you will get bored,” Dardis said. ”I have learned to become creative with my time and using what I have at home to stay busy. For example, since I don’t have access to a gym I’ve been creating my own at home workouts to fulfill my gym needs.”
Junior nutrition and dietetics major, Rosi Vega, urged those who are avoiding leaving their homes to ensure they are stocking up on non-perishable foods and not to panic buy. This allows everyone to buy what they need and leave enough for everyone else.
“You should stock up on non-perishable foods like canned goods, flour, rice, pasta, granulated sugar, etcetera. Also the essentials since there is no power outage involved in this situation like eggs, milk, bread, frozen foods and meat.” Vega said.
Ellen Goldberg, associate director for clinical operations at ECU, explained that the university is planning and preparing for the situation. She also advises individuals to look at the information on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) websites along with ECU’s self-quarantine instructions, should an individual find themselves diagnosed with Coronavirus.
“University preparedness is taking priority and we have a lot of planning and preparedness taking place…We advise students to have a supply of anything they use regularly, especially prescription meds and over the counter meds. Aside from that, instructions are on the handout for what people need to expect,” Goldberg said.
ECU’s handout for self-quarantining instructions highlights things like restricting activities outside your home, except for getting medical care and do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using transportation, ride-sharing or taxis and clean your hands often and all ‘high touch’ surfaces every day.
The handout also includes the symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. Under these listed steps, the guidelines explain that “face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of disease to others.”
Additional resources can be found on the CDC, WHO and ECU’s Student Health Services website. The North Carolina Department for Health and Human Services website also contains valuable information such as basic information about the virus, testing, guidance for special populations and how business can prepare.