If you’re like most Americans, you’re wondering how COVID-19 went from being a distant problem to a slight possibility to a global pandemic. The answer: Person to person contact.
Though every virus spreads differently, the novel coronavirus isn’t so novel in that the way in which it spreads is unheard of. COVID-19 seems to be spreading quickly and sustainably through communities, which means people are becoming infected with the virus because of its presence in their particular community. When community spread occurs, people may contract the virus without really understanding how.
So, in response to your question, “When should you stay home,” the answer is, “Whenever possible.”
The biggest problem right now, and the reason COVID-19 continues to spread at a rapid rate, is because people underestimate the severity of this pandemic. Which, why shouldn’t they? Many people may be carriers of the disease without ever even realizing it, as COVID-19 doesn’t seem to affect the young and healthy. However, you can pass on the virus even if you yourself are free of symptoms. If you infect the wrong person, though, the virus can become lethal. For this reason, for the health of the nation and for the health of the economy, it’s imperative that you #StayHome, even if you feel well enough to be out and about.
The CDC, WHO and the federal government are urging all individuals to stay home until they hear otherwise from public officials. Staying home means avoiding play dates, sleepovers, bars, restaurants, houses of worship and all crowds in general. You should only leave your home for one of three reasons:
While the best thing you can do right now is stay home regardless of your health status, it is more important than ever that you follow government recommendations if you are sick. If you have a cold, cough, fever, chills, aches or any symptoms of any illness, #StayHome.
It’s understandable that staying home for three weeks with nothing to do can grow tiresome. You may become bored without the companionship of friends and family, and you may want to stroll around, grab a bite to eat or go shopping. Don’t give into your compulsions. Exercise restraint for these next couple of weeks, and you can resume life as normal sooner rather than later.