The Coronavirus is beginning to bite. We now have to self-isolate even if we catch a common cold, but what’s hit Sam the most is that the English Premier League has suspended all football matches until 3rd April. However, for me no football is a huge relief!
I read a blog yesterday on Karen’s Different Corners regarding what we would need if we had to self-isolate for 2 weeks. Apart from the usual foodstuffs, toiletries, hand wash and toilet paper (the last two are sadly in short supply), I’ve thought of a few things to take with me to the quarantine room to stop me from going mad:
- My Kindle
- My leg exerciser
- A portable DVD player and a few of my favourite films.
- An iPad so that I can work away on my current manuscript.
- My knitting (am currently knitting a baby’s cardigan for my as yet unborn grandchild).
- Colouring pens and my colouring book.
- Oh yeah, I’d better take my phone to keep in touch with the family.
I’m not that bothered if the room doesn’t have a TV, as I find quite a lot of TV programmes more suitable for the cerebrally challenged. I also don’t mind being alone, as long as I have something to occupy myself with. I suppose the enforced isolation might not suit somebody who is very sociable, but I know I wouldn’t have a problem with it. In the past I’ve had to be isolated for days at a time on the fifth floor of a hospital’s radiotherapy suite, with an alarm outside the suite just in case I became stir crazy and started to wander, dispersing radiation everywhere. Meals were placed outside the door, and I was generally treated like a leper! If I was bored with reading and watching DVDs I used to climb up onto the high window ledge and sit there watching people scurrying around the hospital below.
If the 2 week isolation is worldwide and all at the same time, we might triumph over the beast… just shut down the world for a fortnight and be done with it! But then again there are the medical staff treating Coronavirus victims who cannot stay at home. Ladies will go into labour whether the world has shut down or not, and sooner or later heads will peek out of front doors on food foraging expeditions. Then there are those who will defy the ban anyway, because they don’t like being told what to do.
Oh well, stay safe and don’t run out of toilet paper! Leave a comment if you have time and let me know what you’d like to take to a quarantine room. I’m not about today, but will answer your comments tomorrow.