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Read this if you are spending coronavirus quarantine in Barcelona

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Written by Anna

If you are in Barcelona during the coronavirus quarantine, you should know that they’re countless thing you can do at home. Although far from wanting to create a sense of alarm or emergency, it is necessary to follow the instructions of experts and authorities. In this article you will find some ideas of thing you can do to cope with the situation and so whether you are traveling or living in Barcelona.

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What is a quarantine?

To prevent the spread of a particular disease, a quarantine is the name for the action of isolating people or animals for a certain time in a particular area. This measure aims to reduce the contagion curve of the region and protect its surroundings.

In the same way we can talk about confinement, because, on a larger scale, we talk about confining when we close the free movement of people in an area. This is the case of Igualada, Vilanova del Camí, Santa Margarida de Montbui and Ódena, who are in this situation because of the outbreak of COVID-19 and will not be able to leave their municipalities for 14 days, from 13 to 27 March.

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How to prepare for a quarantine?

Whether it is confinement or quarantine, follow these guidelines:

  • The first thing you should have is a good pantry organization. Rather buy frozen and non-perishable foods that are long lasting and easy to prepare instead of fresh produce. Cereals, vegetables, preserved or frozen vegetables, nuts, cured meat or products, dairy products, etc.
  • It is also important to have basic health and hygiene products at home. Updating your medicine cabinet might be a good idea.

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Ideas for quarantine in Barcelona

It is possible that many of you have no idea how to spend the upcoming days in your apartment in Barcelona. We share with you a few ideas that can help make the best of this quarantine:

  • Read books. Maybe it’s a good time to open that book they gave you or discover your new favorite eBook.
  • Watch series and movies. If you have Netflix, here are some of the latest series you can watch right now:
    • Vikings (Season 6)
    • Elite (Season 3)
    • La casa de Papel (Season 4)
  • Take out any board games you have. They’re a great family activity. Whether it is a monopoly, candy land or cards against humanity, both adults and children will have a good time!

  • Exercise at home. As it is not advisable to leave the house, we invite you to exercise at home. On YouTube you will find countless tutorials and sport routines to keep you active.

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General recommendations:

Despite all these measures, we advise to keep in touch with your family by phone or video call. In these situations, it is even more important to uphold a sense of solidarity and inclusion.

If you live in a building or have neighbours, speaking with them or checking on them via phone, might help others. Especially if you have older people living in the building who might be alone or without a family to rely on.

We also recommend if you have children to explain the situation to them in a fun way, to avoid scaring them. You can make up a story and make these days pass in a more bearable way.

In any case, these are the basic hygiene measures that we must follow to prevent contagion:

  1. Frequent hand washing
  2. Avoid places with many people
  3. Do not touch your eyes, mouth and nose without washing your hands first
  4. Avoid the consumption of undercooked products

And you, what are you doing during the quarantine at home?

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