The coronavirus outbreak is the talk of the town at the moment – and for very good reason. 

The number of cases and deaths related to the pandemic are continually rising on an unprecedented scale. As a result, millions and millions of people right the way across the globe have been told to self-isolate or quarantine themselves in their own home, in order to minimise the virus’ spread.

However, being trapped inside your home can bring with it several health complications by itself, meaning it isn’t necessarily just coronavirus you need to be wary of. In this article, we take a look at some of the key health conditions that could arise from staying in the house over a long period of time and detail what you can do to prevent their onset. 

Coronavirus

We start with a fairly obvious one and the cause of the world’s devastation: COVID-19 itself. 

Being such a deadly virus, COVID-19 is highly contagious and can spread incredibly easily from person to person. Therefore, depending on who and how many people you live with, you need to be especially wary about your own personal living circumstances, and constantly question whether your actions are increasing or decreasing your risk of infection. 

Say, for example, if you have a dog. Each time you take it out on a walk and go past somebody, you are potentially exposing yourself to the virus. To prevent this, try and leave the house as little as possible until the level of threat starts to die down. 

If, however, you have no choice but to leave the house, try and maintain a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and other people; since coronavirus is an airborne virus, this is the ‘safe’ distance required to prevent exposure. 

Asbestos

Since you are going to be spending a lot more time at home than you normally would, home-related issues could start to have a greater effect over the long run. If, for instance, you have damp or a pre-existing asbestos-related issue, this could later affect your health when left undealt with. 

Mesothelioma, asbestosis, pleural thickening and asbestos-related lung cancer are all debilitating health conditions that can be caused by exposure to asbestos. Therefore, if you identify an area of your home that could potentially have asbestos, contact a professional. While the coronavirus outbreak may have put a lot of workers out of action, asbestos-removal experts are specialists in health and safety, so you’ll be in good hands. 

Anxiety & Depression 

While the thought of spending weeks on end inside – watching TV and playing video games – may fill some people with joy, research has shown that being isolated for a long period of time can increase your risk of anxiety and depression. 

Even without the coronavirus outbreak, mental health in the UK was already a major issue, with approximately one in every four people experiencing a related issue every year. It is therefore imperative to ensure we all look after one another, working together as humans to keep each other’s anxiety and depression at bay. 

To do this, here are a few ideas to consider: 

  • Social Media. Regularly stay in touch with friends, family and other people through social media, e-mail or the phone. 
  • Routine. Whether it be through reading, watching movies, exercising, trying relaxation techniques, or finding new knowledge on the internet, create a new daily routine that prioritises looking after yourself and others.  
  • Rest. Try and rest when possible, in order to keep your brain in its best possible health. 

Obesity

At this moment in time, nobody seems to know how long we’re all going to need to self-isolate ourselves for. Whether it’s days, weeks or months, the only thing we can do is prepare for the worst and hope for the best. 

With that in mind, it’s all too easy to throw diet plans and exercising routines out the window at this time. After all, how are you meant to carry on exercising if all the gyms and fitness centres are closed? And how are you meant to keep on eating healthily when there’s barely any food left in the supermarket? 

While it may be a change of pace to your normal routine, it is perfectly possible to carry on eating healthily and exercising in your own home. It’s also incredibly important since regular exercise and healthy eating prevents a wide range of obesity and mental health-related issues developing later on down the line. 

Final Thoughts

With the coronavirus outbreak continuing to wreak havoc globally, it is now more important than ever before to safeguard your personal health. 

While you may be worried about being infected with COVID-19 itself, there are several other health conditions to be wary of over the coming months – including your mental state and level of physical fitness. 

Fortunately though, with the right level of drive and determination to exercise regularly, eat healthily and follow a sensible routine, you should be able to get through this trying period just fine. By sticking together and looking out for others, your time in quarantine should be over before you even know it. 

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