Quarantine anyone?

Travel Forums General Talk Quarantine anyone?

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1. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 681 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

"Staycation" sounded far too harmless, that's why I'm starting a new topic.

Who else is affected by quarantine measures, and how do you cope?

I am immunocompromised (just learned that word) by my cancer medication and that means self-isolation. Not for the 14 days travellers and suspects have to go through, but as long as this Corona stuff lasts. That may mean weeks, months...

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 6366 posts) 4y 1 Star this if you like it!

I'm sorry to hear you're having to self-isolate, Kathrin. That's what we're calling it in the UK: self-isolation is recommended for those who are over 70 or medically vulnerable and essential for those who think they or someone who lives with them have the virus. We're not using 'quarantine' unless it's something enforced by the authorities (e.g. people who came back from abroad and were quarantined).

I'm not in that situation (yet) thank goodness but I think I'd find it very hard, even though I'm a great reader. Have you got a garden or balcony you can use to get fresh air? Is there anywhere you can walk outside where you won't meet others?

Suggestions I've seen for helping the time to pass (apart from the obvious reading, internet, TV, using e.g. Skype to talk to friends) include daily exercises, trying new recipes, learning a craft (knitting? crochet?), learning a language, taking up a new hobby (painting? drawing? needlework?), spring-cleaning, learning a new language, sorting, organising and de-cluttering, writing your life story, tracing your ancestors.....

You might also like some of the free online courses on this excellent website:


I think some of the history courses would particularly appeal to you. :-)

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Mar-2020, 22:11 GMT by leics2 ]

3. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 2077 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

We're under self-isolation and life is really not all that different. Our painting groups and volunteer organizations are all cancelled, but we go out every morning at 7 for a walk through our town's greenways. The rest of the day we check email, do correspondence, paint in our still-somewhat-new studio, listen to music and read. I always have cooked 3 meals a day and that continues and takes up time.

Our daughter still is working but after today suspect she'll be working from home so we'll have her here too. That will be pleasant although she will be working so not much interaction. We order groceries online and pick them up outside the grocery store at a special pick-up location. The only problem we've had so far is we can't get a hair cut so we'll be getting a little shaggy within a few weeks.

You can do nearly everything online these days. I'd hate to have had this happen 40 years ago.

4. Posted by Vic_IV (Respected Member 158 posts) 4y 1 Star this if you like it!

We are under quarantine working remote from home.
Thank Goodness, there is a store downstairs in our apartment house.
We suspended our evening walks and have to stay at home watching YouTube videos. LIve and learn.
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5. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 681 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Thanks guys for all good wishes and all good ideas how to use the spare time.

Self-isolation or quarantine should be easier to bear if there is a "we" who are together. A live person to talk to, even if it is a quarrel about the dirty socks on the floor ;-) Organizing the challenges of daily life together, and, best of all, enjoying undisturbed quality time together.

I am single and have to do everything myself, and a task like putting new sheets on the bed is a real challenge if bending down means big pain in back and leg. I have a cleaner who comes once a week for two hours - yesterday I "quarantined" myself on the balcony while she was at work, luckily the weather was nice - and she does the backbreaking work, but all the rest of the household tasks is mine.

Luckily we live in times of modern media. Phone, TV, the internet with all its options - I appreciate them more than ever. Imagine being without them...

I have installed a Whatsapp group of friends who have offered help after my illness became known, and whenever I need an errant to be run, I post it in there. Since I have no family ties anywhere near, a network of friends is important and I am so happy to see that mine works and supports me. It rather takes some tact and sensitivity to distribute the work evenly and give everyone a share...

Yes I have a balcony, small but mine, and options to go for a walk, although my walking abilities are limited to maximum 20-30 minutes. However, if we are put under total lockdown, there will be no more walks. The city of Freiburg has already announced a lockdown and it is discussed here, too. Let's see.

6. Posted by ClayHolloway (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Same here.

Just got home from a vacation with family in Singapore.

We just started out 14 days Quarantine at home.

Keep safe everyone.

7. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2623 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

I am self-isolated - although I am relatively healthy I am 82. It isn't much different from normal here. I can't go to therapy as that has been canceled and also doctor's appointments, but that's about all I ever do. I can still go to cemeteries and take photos.

Bob does the shopping, takes trash to the dump, goes and picks up take-out food etc. I have someone who comes in and cleans periodically on her own schedule. She's immunocompromised so she only goes to people that she thinks are 'safe" and I'm one of the safe ones. I also will need a haircut, but that's not a life or death situation.

I am concerned that I won't be able to get my prescriptions refilled. If the doctor's offices are closed, I won't be able to get new prescriptions. I've already had one mailed prescription where they have emailed me that they can't fill it because they don't have any.

I've canceled the trip to see my grandson graduate in May (plane tickets, car and hotel rentals). All of my grandchildren that are in college (3 of them) have been told to go on-line at home. Ditto the one in middle school.

I am also concerned about my grandson's wife who is pregnant and high risk and diabetic. She's never carried past 32 weeks and she is on bed rest because she started into labor at 28 weeks. There is an extra worry because I don't know if the hospital will be available to her if there is a shortage of space.

My daughter-in-law cared for an infected person (she is a nurse) and she has gone into self-quarantine. My son told his work about this and so he is working from home. They are in a tiny apartment.

My oldest daughter forced her work to let her work from home. She's only 58, but her husband is 69. It took her two days of staying home on vacation before they gave in. (She's a computer analyst).

My second daughter is a pilot and she's apparently moving about freely.

The third daughter is still working. She takes the morning and the owner does the afternoon - there are only 2 of them. But her husband who is now working from home - the business that he works for is going bankrupt. They can't do it right now because they can't sell off their assets.

8. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1887 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

In New Zealand we have 53 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 51 of those are of travellers who have returned from overseas but two of the new cases this morning are community transmitted cases. NZ closed its borders to all but residents and citizens from 11:59pm Thursday. At the moment we are all 'socially distancing' which means any meeting of more than 100 people is banned. Schools are still open but many businesses in Auckland city centre are now on remote working from home.

I'm not quite at the vulnerable age yet but I have asthma and have been hospitalised several times in the past. The missus is diabetic so we'd both rather avoid it if we can. I'm looking forward to the day I have to teach my classes over the internet - that might be sooner rather than later.

I went to the supermarket this morning (Saturday) and tinned veggies, mushrooms (?), pasta, rice, noodles, bread, potatoes, onions and milk are all just about gone from the shelves - there's plenty of toilet roll! A couple of kilometres down the road, the veggie shop has loads of capsicums, onions, mushrooms, fruit and milk and bread - no problem there. Panic-buying is a real problem but according to our leader, PM Jacinda Ardern, there's no need for it all and we have plenty of provisions in stock in the country. She's handled it all very well with regular press conferences and plans in place (benefits went up $25 per week on Monday, 70 000 tablets have been sourced so that children can be taught remotely if necessary and AIr NZ has been given a cash injection to keep it afloat).

I'm fairly confident we will be fine down here in our little corner of the world but it's worrying to see and hear what's happening elsewhere - Iran, Italy, USA, UK and the virus is now in India and Somalia which suggests everything is going to get worse before it gets better.

And it all started because there's a demand for wild meat and neither the local authorities nor the national authorities had the inclination to close the markets. No wonder pangolins are close to extinct.

9. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2958 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Allowing gatherings of up to 99 people sounds like a slack definition of social distancing. Here we've just had the pubs ordered closed as people wouldn't use the freedom responsibly.

This thing spreads so easily, those 53 confirmed cases maybe mean 5000 cases. Make any preparations ahead of the panic curve. For us that means having two weeks meals and supplies in the house for if we get it and have to ride it out at home.

10. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 681 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Everyone has different problems to cope with and a lot of things to organize. One can't compare whose situation is the worst. I'm single and self-employed, working from home anyway. Hence I have neither family-related nor work-related issues to deal with.

I started this thread in a mood when I was really feeling sorry for myself... Thank you all for listening and replying. Let's keep conversation alive in the forum, it may help us all to cope with isolation.

We're at the point when gatherings of more than 3 people are not allowed in public spaces (families with kids are exempt). The government will decide about a total, nationwide lockdown tomorrow and I expect it to come. I hope they'll still allow going for a solo walk, some exercise is important for me.