There has been mass quarantining of people due to virus fears in China, South Korea and Italy. In most countries some people have been sent home because of fears that they have the virus, or that their workplace or work colleagues may have been infected by the Covid-19 virus or Coronavirus.
So what will you do if you’re suddenly sent home for 2 weeks or more? What will you do if your workplace or project is temporarily shutdown for a few weeks?
Of course the important thing is to understand whether you’ll be paid for this time away from work, and the type of leave you’ll be using. If it’s unpaid time you may have to contact loan providers to extend their payment terms.
If you are running a project or business, it’s important to contact customers, suppliers and employees and make sure that they are all aware of the situation.
But what will you do with your time while you’re at home?
How will you spend your time while you’re quarantined at home?
Now some of you will be angry, upset, frustrated, or even worried, if you’re quarantined at home. But really, there’s nothing you can do that will change the situation. The best is to make constructive use of your days. Do something with your enforced days at home. Here are some suggestions:
It’s important to have a plan. To structure your days and your week so that you make use of your time. At the start of your quarantine decide what needs to be done and what you would like to attend to. Don’t let the weekdays run into the weekend. If weekend time is usually for the family, then keep it that way. If you’re doing some office work from home then set aside a few hours in the morning and afternoon for this work – then forget about work in between.
Don’t waste your quarantine time by:
Importantly don’t break your quarantine. Don’t put others at risk if you’re infected. Don’t risk catching the virus from others, which could extend your quarantine further.
Use your time in quarantine wisely
We’re usually all flat-out busy at work most of the year, with barely time to think about ourselves or our families. If you’re forced to stay out of work for a few weeks then make the most of the opportunity. Spend time with the family. Do stuff you’ve been meaning to do for years. Learn a new skill. Improve your career. Enjoy your break. Before you know it you’ll be back at work with little time for yourself or your family.
What will you do with your time when you’re quarantined? Are you currently in lockdown – what are you doing with your time?
For further information on getting your workplace ready for the virus read this advice from the World Health Organisation.
For information on self isolation visit
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