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Coronavirus in UAE: A complete guide to home-quarantine

Published on March 24, 2020 at 00.01

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As UAE's capable health authorities battle the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, UAE residents can follow these simple steps to stay safe and mentally fit at home.
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As suggested by the Ministry of Health and Protection, Dubai Health Authority, the Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre, and other competent authorities and experts, Khaleej Times has designed a comprehensive guide to home-quarantine. Here are some must-have tips to staying safe, happy, and healthy at home.
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What is home quarantine?

According to the Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre, quarantining yourself at home means staying at home and avoiding contact with others if you have developed, or been exposed to, an infectious disease, until the infectious period of the illness is over, or until you know that you have been exposed. Quarantine helps to slow the spread of infection across the population.
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If you’re sick

1. If you need medical attention, call ahead to ensure you're going to the right place and taking the necessary precautions. 2. Wear a face mask if you must be around other people, such as during a drive to the doctor's office.
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If you’re self-isolating:

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Create a to-do list

For those working from home and parents who have children attending digital classes, creating a to-do list to complete daily tasks is an excellent way to keep students and yourself on track. Use Google Tasks, Todoist, Evernote, Remember the Milk, and good old sticky notes to help stick to deadlines.
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Reach out to your loved ones – Digitally

Maximise your online communication as one of the biggest struggles of isolation is not being able to talk to other people or experience social interaction. Use social media tools such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, ToTok, Facebook, and Instagram to stay in contact with family and friends without needing to leave home.
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The first thing we neglect while in self-isolation is exercise. From a simple stretch every day, an online yoga class, YouTube HIIT workouts, don’t forget to let your body move around when it needs to. Your back health could take a hit if you’re at home, lounging on the bed while hammering away on the keyboard. Remember to stand at least once an hour and work in a position that is good for your spine. Frequent exercise also helps with your mental state so you’ll be killing two birds with one stone.
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Stay hydrated

Banin Shanine, Nutrition Manager at Fitness?First?said, “Water is released out of our bodies every day in the form of sweat, urine and breath. Such types of excretion leak electrolytes that play an important role in contracting muscles, maintaining the body’s hydration levels and regulating our body’s pH level. Therefore, to ensure our body retains the needed amount of water, drinking an adequate two litres of water every day is essential.”
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Remember to take a break

Let yourself get an early night’s sleep more often than not, plan your meals better, give yourself the extra care you can afford now that you’re not stuck in traffic most days and most important of all, don’t panic. Spend time with family. Try playing board, card, and video games with the entire family. If you live alone, make sure you make time to video chat with your loved ones for at least 30 minutes a day.
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Kick start the day with herbal tea

Herbal tea is an excellent way to start the day. You can enjoy it warm or cold and they come with a range of delicious flavours including floral, spicy and sweet. Herbal teas are extremely high in antioxidants which help reduce oxidative stress and prevent chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. In simple words, herbal tea is delicious flavoured water with a whole host of extra healthy benefits.
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