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Home quarantine

  • ​Quarantining yourself at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19
  • What is home quarantine?
  • Quarantining yourself at home means staying at home or a hotel and avoiding contact with others for a certain period of time, usually 14 days.
  • Only those living in the same household can remain home, outside visitors are not allowed.
  • If the person in home quarantine develops COVID-19 symptoms then those living in the same household will be considered to be in contact with a confirmed case and so should be home quarantined as well.
  • While in home quarantine, you will receive regular calls from the DHA monitoring and asking about your health and wellbeing
  • It is important to take preventive measures like washing your hands regularly for 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus.
  • Maintain a distance of at least two meters from family members and only use your own designated items. Sleep in a separate room and use a seperate toilet.
  • After completing 14 days in quarantine without developing any symptoms it is safe to continue on with your normal life and go back to school or home.
  • Tips on what to during home quarantine:
  • Maintain a daily routine and think positively, remember that the quarantine period will soon pass.
  • Maintain your relations with others through social media channels.
  • Work from home, exercise and give your children fun activities, chores or homework.
  • Use this period to do things that you never had the time to do like drawing and reading.
  • Proper nutrition during home quarantine
  • Weight gain occurs when there is an imbalance between the calories you consume and the calories you burn. During the home quarantine period, your body’s need for energy is less than normal, especially if you are less mobile.
  • Stay hydrated; drink at least eight glasses of water per day.
  • Eat a well-balanced meal including foods that supply the body with energy such as whole grains, rice and pasta.
  • Children in particular should eat foods that promote growth such as eggs, meat, fish, and dairy products
  • If you are opting for canned meat, choose healthier options such as canned tuna and sardines
  • East fresh foods including plenty of fruits and vegetables as it helps increase the body’s resistance against diseases. Add in foods Vitamin C rich foods such as guava, kiwi, green pepper, orange, strawberry and lemon.
  • The recommended amount of exercise per day is a minimum of 30 minutes for adults and 60 minutes for children.

Reduce the intake of high calorie food such as processed foods, which are high in fat and sugar. Avoid foods such as biscuits, chocolates and fried foods and swap with healthier options such as fruit, which has natural sugar.

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