One of the responses recommended for managing the COVID-19 pandemic is home isolation. Whether this is mandatory or by choice, it is a concept that’s unfamiliar to most
people and can be disturbing, particularly for young children. Here are some practical tips to help people cope:
• Talk to your family about COVID-19 and ensure your discussion is based on fact. Find accurate, up to date information on the NSW Health website
• Maintain your normal daily routine as much as possible
• Make arrangements with your employer to work from home, if possible
• Young children feel the impacts too – provide reassurance using age-appropriate language and keep them busy. Check online sites for activity suggestions; there are
dozens of options: from treasure hunts around the house and backyard to musical chairs, craft activities, baking, painting, and gardening.
• Ask your child’s school to supply lesson information and homework by email
• Use telephone, email or social media to keep in touch with friends and family
• Exercise regularly at home, it’s a proven treatment for stress and depression
• Ask friends and family for assistance to pick up your groceries and medicines for you. If this is not possible, you may be able to order groceries and medicines
(including prescription medicines) online or by telephone.
• Think about how you have coped with difficult situations in the past and reassure yourself that you will cope with this situation too. Remember that the isolation period
won’t last for long
Remember to stick to the basics and stay as healthy as possible. This may possibly reduce the severity or duration of any infectious diseases we may encounter:
• Nutrition – eat a healthy balanced diet
• Physical Activity – stay active. Options could include exercise DVDs, dancing, floor
exercises, yoga, walking around the backyard or using home exercise equipment,
such as a stationary bicycle, if you have it.
• Sleep – 8 hours for adults and more for children
• Screens – no more than 2 hours a day for recreation
Some people may feel distressed, lonely or overwhelmed by the isolation, especially with the blanket media coverage about the pandemic. If you are or someone you know is feeling anxious or distressed and need to contact someone urgently, please call our AccessLine on 1800 800 944. Alternatively you can call Lifeline on 131114.
For those members of the public not in isolation, we ask them to remain calm
Media release: MLHD