During a public health emergency such as the national COVID-19 pandemic, staying healthy and well is of the utmost priority. We here at Medly are invested in your wellness and have collected a series of tips for how to stay safe, calm, and healthy during times of isolation, quarantine and social distancing.
Know what to buy at the grocery store
- Beans and legumes: Long-lasting and nutrient-rich.
- Canned fish: Highly nutritious, with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
- Nut butters: A great source of protein and healthy fats that pair well with lots of foods.
- Whole-wheat and bean pastas, quinoa and brown rice: Nutrient-rich grains that can be used as a side dish or mixed with protein and veggies.
- Steel-cut oats: Quick and nutrient-rich, especially with a savory topping.
- High-fiber cereal: High-fiber and high-protein dry cereal can also come in handy as a mini-meal.
- Dried fruit, popcorn and chocolate: Dried fruits are a sweet source of iron, fiber and antioxidants. Popcorn is a great source of fiber, and dark chocolate is rich in anti-aging flavonols.
- Water, shelf-stable milk and coffee: A gallon of water per person for three days is the usual rule of thumb for water, but if you drink tap water or have a filter, this isn’t as important. Milk is good for calcium and vitamin D, but plant beverages work just as well. You also want to make sure you have enough caffeine to get you through the week.
For your freezer:
- Bread, deli meat and fresh seafood: Fresh foods can be frozen to enjoy at a later date. Protein especially can keep for a few months.
- Additional fruits and vegetables: Frozen fruits and veggies can have just as much, if not more, nutritional value than their fresh counterparts.
Engage in social distancing
“Social distancing” means you are minimizing the amount of close contact you have with other people. This is important because it gives COVID-19 fewer chances to jump from person to person. According to the LA Times, scientists estimate that one person infected with COVID-19 will infect another 3.3 people, but through social distancing, that number can fall. Several factors influence that number (known as the reproductive number), including the virus’s contagiousness, how susceptible people are to it, how many times people interact, and how long those interactions last. Social distancing reduces those last two factors, slowing the spread of the disease.
Some tips for social distancing include:
- Work from home
- Stay home if you feel sick
- Don’t shake hands
- Don’t gather in shared public spaces like bars or restaurants
- Avoid cruises and non-essential travel, especially if you are at higher risk
- If ordering food, don’t eat in; grab takeout or delivery
- Ask for deliveries to be left at the door to minimize risk for you and the delivery person
- Go to the grocery store during non-peak hours
- Don’t send your kids to daycare or another group setting
- Maintain a six-foot distance between yourself and other people
Some companies that do delivery include Medly Pharmacy, Instacart, UberEats, Grubhub, Seamless, Blue Apron. Amazon, and Walmart. Many of these, including Instacart and Grubhub, now have a “leave delivery at the door option” to reduce the risk of disease transmission, while others, such as Medly Pharmacy, have stringent cleaning and disinfecting procedures in place for each delivery.
If you must leave home, it is advised to use a rideshare service such as Lyft, Via, or Uber rather than risk public transportation. If you must use public transportation, use hand sanitizer and try to keep distance between yourself and other people as much as possible.
Control your work-from-home environment
More workers are transitioning to remote work than ever before in the wake of coronavirus as employers undertake social distancing measures to accommodate the best local and federal guidance. However, working from home isn’t all about taking calls in your pajamas. In order to stay focused and on task, here are some tips:
- Set up a separate office space (that isn’t your bed or the couch). Separate the personal from the professional.
- Choose an ergonomically sound chair.
- Get up every hour and get out of the house at least once a day, even if only for a quick walk around the block.
- Set a schedule and stick to it. Don’t go over your hours or start work late in the day, even if it’s tempting.
- Schedule your workouts if possible, but not during your work hours. If you schedule them in as though they’re meetings, you’ll feel more of an obligation to stick to them.
- Create a soothing environment, filled with art you enjoy, scented candles, plants, or whatever else will bring you pleasure throughout the work day.
- Get showered and dressed as if you’re going into the office.
We hope that these tips help you organize your life in the face of social distancing, self-quarantine and self-isolation. A public health emergency may be frightening, but by following the above tips, we can make life a little easier for all of us.