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Learn How To Stay Productive While you work from Home

How to Stay Productive While Working from Home
Co-authored by Annie Lin, MBA
Updated: March 26, 2020

Working from home offers a wonderful level of freedom and flexibility, but it also requires lots of focus and discipline. You can easily find yourself distracted by your family, household chores, and the comforts of home. To stay productive while you work at home, it’s important to get organized and use your time efficiently. You’ll also need a comfortable workspace with minimal distractions. Staying focused can be hard, so make sure you take breaks occasionally and fuel your body and brain with healthy foods to help you stay alert!

Method 1 of 3:
Organizing Your Time

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Set a consistent work schedule. While many work-from-home jobs let you set your own hours, it’s still a good idea to get into a regular work routine. This will help prevent you from letting the day slip by and then scrambling to catch up at the end of the day or week. It will also help you maintain a healthier work/life balance. Decide what your working hours will be and stick to them.[1]
Don’t feel like you need to stick to a traditional 9 to 5 schedule if that doesn’t work for you. For example, if you feel more energetic later in the day, you might work from 11 AM to 7 PM instead.
If your schedule is flexible enough, you could even break your workday into separate chunks. For instance, you might work from 8 AM to 12 PM, then again from 3 PM to 7 PM. Then you could take advantage of the middle of the day to do household chores or run errands.

2
Make a prioritized to-do list every day. Before you start working each day, set aside 30 minutes or so to plan out how you want to use your time. List the most complex, urgent, or time-consuming tasks first, followed by tasks that are easier, quicker, or lower priority. Throughout the day, be sure to cross off or mark tasks that you’ve completed.[2]
Keeping a to-do list will help your work seem more manageable and make it easier to keep track of what you’ve done and still need to do.
Keep the items on your list specific, and break down bigger tasks into smaller, more manageable pieces. For example, instead of just writing down “Process digital images,” you might break it up into “Select top 10 images,” “Edit images,” and “Upload images to website.”
3
Assign specific blocks of time to different tasks. In addition to deciding what you’re going to do during the day, you can manage your time better by setting specific times for getting things done. Try to estimate a realistic amount of time for completing each task, or set a finite time for working on ongoing projects each day.[3]
For example, you might set aside 9 AM-11 AM to research and write a short content marketing piece, then work from 11:00 to 11:30 AM on selecting and editing images for the piece.
As time goes on, you’ll get a better idea of how to allot your time effectively.
4
Schedule time for “planned interruptions”. When you work from home, interruptions are common—especially if you live with other people. You can help keep your workflow intact by scheduling time to deal with issues that regularly come up throughout the day.[4]
For example, if you have kids, you might schedule a brief break when they get home from school each day to chat with them and have snacks together.
5
Keep track of your time to help identify productivity issues. When you first start working from home, keep a work diary to track how much time you spend at each task. If you notice that you’re spending too much time on certain activities or that your productivity slows down at particular times of the day, you can use that information to adjust your approach.[5]
For example, if you find that you’re spending too much time on a particular task, you might look for ways to streamline your process or reschedule it to a time of day when you’re more energetic.
You can monitor your time using a paper diary or planner, a digital spreadsheet, or a time-tracking app such as Harvest or Due Time.
6
Avoid working outside of your set work hours. While it’s important not to let your non-work life interfere with your regular schedule, the opposite also applies. Maintain a strong work/life balance by staying away from work-related activities when you’re off the clock.[6]
If you use work-related communication apps, such as Slack or Skype, log off when you finish working.
Don’t check or reply to business emails after you finish work for the day, and let work-related calls go to voicemail.
Method 2 of 3:
Creating a Good Work Environment
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Set aside an area just for work. If possible, designate a room in your home as your workspace. If you can’t set aside a whole room, set up an area within a room, such as a desk in your bedroom or a space at the dining table. Use that area for work only, not for relaxing or doing household tasks.[7]
Don’t work in areas where you typically sleep or rest, like in your bed or the couch. This will make it hard to stay awake while you’re working, and can even make it more difficult to sleep or unwind in those places when you’re not working!
Let anyone who lives in the home with you know that your chosen area is for work only, and ask them not to disturb you there unless it’s necessary.
EXPERT TIP
ANNIE LIN, MBA
Life & Career Coach
Expert Trick: If you don’t have the luxury to convert a whole room into your office, set up a desk or a corner for your computer or office supplies. Tidy up this area so you have a clean surface with as little stuff as possible lying around, which may help you feel more calm and focused at work.

2
Choose a space that’s comfortable and quiet. It’s hard to work when you’re uncomfortable and distracted. Pick an area in your home that’s well lit, spacious enough for you to spread out, and not too hot or cold. Avoid spots with lots of noise or foot traffic.[8]
Don’t work in rooms where people will be chatting, watching TV, or using noisy machines.
You can also enhance the comfort of your workspace if you need to. For example, you might add a desk lamp, set up a space heater, or install an oscillating fan or white noise maker by your desk.
Tip: If there aren’t any quiet spots in your home, try wearing noise canceling headphones.

3
Organize and declutter your work area. Having a cluttered space can stress you out and make it harder to find the things you need. Clear out any items that aren’t work-related and arrange anything you need for your work so that you can get at it easily when you need it.[9]
You can make your space feel cozier by putting up some pictures, decorations, or house plants. Just don’t let them take up so much space that they’re distracting you or getting in the way of your work!
Having a well-organized workspace doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to look perfectly tidy. It’s more important that you know where everything is when you need it.
4
Keep materials you need for your work close by. You can use your time more efficiently if you’re not constantly getting up to look for things you need. Store everything you regularly use during your workday in your workspace, in an easily accessible location.[10] This might include things like:
Your computer
Chargers for your phone and other electronic devices
Your schedule or calendar
A notepad and pen
Snacks and water
Method 3 of 3:
Staying Focused and Alert
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Get dressed before you start working. If you’re working from home, it may be tempting to sit around in your pajamas all day. However, taking the time to get dressed can help you make a clear transition from sleep mode to work mode. If you want, you can even dress up in some nice work clothes to really put you in the right mindset.[11]
In addition to getting dressed, take time to do the other things you’d normally do while preparing for a day of work, like washing your face and brushing your hair and teeth.
2
Take movement breaks once an hour. Getting up and moving once an hour can help prevent stiff joints, promote better circulation, and re-energize you when you start to get tired or burnt out. Take a few minutes to stretch, walk around the room, or even do a quick jog around the block.[12]
You could even take advantage of your breaks to do quick tasks like carrying out the trash or checking the mail!
3
Eat healthy meals and snacks throughout the day. Eating well and staying hydrated will give you energy and help you focus. Have a healthy breakfast before you start working, and make sure you take a break for lunch. Keep a bottle of water on hand and sip on it throughout the day. If you get peckish or feel your energy dropping off between meals, have a light, healthy snack.[13]
Since you’ll probably be eating most of your meals at home, keep your pantry and fridge well stocked.
Keep your energy up by eating plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean protein (such as white meat chicken, fish, or beans), and healthy fats (like those found in vegetable oils, avocados, and nuts and seeds).[14]
4
Reward yourself with a small treat when you meet a goal. Giving yourself small rewards is a great way to stay motivated and make your work more fun. Any time you complete a task, take a moment to celebrate, even if it’s just by taking a 5-minute break to watch a funny video.[15]
You can celebrate completing larger work goals with bigger rewards, like going out to see a movie or grabbing a drink with friends when you get off work.
Tip: You can also incentivize yourself with productivity apps that “gamify” tasks, such as Habitica, EpicWin, or HabitRPG.[16]

5
Stay away from social media and time-wasting apps. Getting sucked into Facebook and YouTube can really kill your productivity. Put away your phone unless you’re making calls or using productivity apps, and avoid visiting time-wasting websites on your computer.[17]
If you have a hard time resisting the temptation of social media, try installing browser extensions that limit your access, such as Strict Workflow or StayFocusd.
You can also minimize the temptation to play around on your phone by installing apps such as Offtime or Stay on Task that limit your time using time-wasting apps and browsing the web.
6
Ask your friends and family to leave you alone while you work. It can be easy for people to fall into the pattern of thinking that you’re “available” any time you’re home during the day. Gently remind your family and friends that you work at home, and request that they don’t distract you by trying to chat during work hours.[18]
If you have issues with people continuing to call or text you during work hours, consider putting your phone on “Do Not Disturb” mode. You could even maintain a separate phone line just for work-related calls.
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About This Article
Annie Lin, MBA
Life & Career Coach
This article was co-authored by Annie Lin, MBA. Annie Lin is the founder of New York Life Coaching, a life and career coaching service based in New York City. Annie has over 10,000 hours of client coaching experience and her work has been featured in Elle Magazine, NBC News, New York Magazine, and BBC World News. She offers services in both one-on-one and group settings, focusing on careers, relationships, emotional well-being, and personal growth. She holds an MBA degree from Oxford Brooks University.
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Updated: March 26, 2020
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How to Protect yourself from the Covid19

You likely can’t escape news stories about the COVID-19 coronavirus, which the World Health Organization (WHO) has labeled a pandemic. While you likely don’t need to worry, it’s good to be informed so you can help stop the spread of the virus. Since this is a new disease, you likely have lots of questions about it. Many of the common questions about coronavirus are answered here, though there is still a lot scientists don’t know about this disease.[1]

Method 1 of 3:
Basic Disease Information

1
What is a coronavirus? The term “coronavirus” refers to a large family of viruses that make people sick. Most of these viruses cause the common cold and are very prevalent. Less common strains of coronavirus also cause Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which are serious variations of the virus.[2] COVID-19 is a new, rare type of coronavirus that began in Wuhan, China in December of 2019.[3]
COVID-19 is a new coronavirus, meaning that it hasn’t been seen in people before.
COVID-19 itself is a respiratory syndrome, meaning that it causes you to have difficulty breathing. In some cases, it can cause pneumonia.

2
What are the symptoms of COVID-19? Most people who get COVID-19 have few to no symptoms. You might think you have a cold or the flu and be better in a few days. However, up to 1 in 5 people who get coronavirus will become seriously ill and may have trouble breathing. Symptoms to watch for include:[4]
Fever
Cough
Shortness of breath
Difficulty breathing
Tip: If you have these symptoms but have not been in close contact with anyone who has COVID-19, you probably just have a cold or the flu. However, it’s still a good idea to isolate yourself until your symptoms have passed.

3
If you get COVID-19, are you going to die? Not likely. Although COVID-19 seems to be more deadly than more common diseases, such as the flu, the fatality rate has been estimated to be around 3.4% as of March 2020. Most cases are mild, but patients who are elderly or already battling a chronic disease or condition typically get hit the hardest.[5]
Around 81% of all cases of COVID-19 don’t result in pneumonia or only mild pneumonia.
Compared to SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), another coronavirus, COVID-19 is more easily transmissible but not nearly as deadly.
4
Where did COVID-19 come from? COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in 2019. Although the first infections were linked to a live animal market, the disease is now spread person to person.[6]
5
Can you get COVID-19 from products shipped from China? Not likely. Although a lot is unknown about COVID-19, it doesn’t appear that the virus can survive on dry surfaces, such as paper, plastic, or cardboard. Any products shipped from China should be safe to use without risk of contracting the disease.[7]
Even if someone with COVID-19 had coughed or sneezed on products before shipping them, it is unlikely that the virus would survive through the shipping process to infect another person.
6
How can I fight the stigma associated with COVID-19? Help educate those around you about the fact that, although COVID-19 might have first been discovered in China, the disease itself doesn’t target specific races of people, nor are particular races more likely to get it than others. In fact, countries across the world, including most of Europe and the United States, have confirmed cases of coronavirus. It affects people of diverse populations, and anyone can catch it.[8]
Chinese and Asian people who you meet are no more likely to be infected than someone of any other race, unless they recently returned from China or were around someone who is sick.
Tell people that the disease is spread person to person through close contact. Even though the disease originated in China, you’re not at risk of getting the disease if you, for example, go to a Chinese restaurant or shop at a Chinese-owned business.
7
Will the COVID-19 outbreak stop when the weather gets warmer? Many viruses, such as the flu, do not spread as rapidly in spring and summer months. However, since COVID-19 is a new virus, scientists don’t yet know what will happen once the weather gets warmer. While you can speculate that the threat would dissipate with warmer temperatures, no one knows for sure if that will happen.[9]
Even if the virus does dissipate with warmer weather, there is also a chance it could return when the weather cools again in the fall and winter.
Method 2 of 3:
Treating COVID-19
1
What should I do if I think I’m sick with COVID-19? Call your doctor if you have fever, cough, and shortness of breath and have recently returned from travel or come into contact with an infected person. Tell them you suspect you may have COVID-19 and ask your doctor what to do. They will likely tell you to either stay home and isolate yourself or go to an isolated medical setting for testing. State public health labs and the CDC are handling all testing as of March 2020, and there could be a backlog in your area.[10]
Call ahead to your doctor or to a hospital and let them know that you want to come in and you suspect you have COVID-19. Giving them this warning will allow them to make preparations so you don’t spread the disease to others if you do have it.
If you have a medical emergency, let emergency responders know when you call them that you suspect you have COVID-19 so they can also take precautions. They will likely isolate you in a negative pressure room so it’s less likely the virus will infect others.
If you are outside the United States, your national health agency or the WHO will likely manage testing in your area.
2
How is someone diagnosed with COVID-19? In the United States, your state public health lab or the CDC will confirm a COVID-19 infection. Outside the United States, your national health agency or the WHO will determine if you are infected. If your doctor thinks you might have COVID-19, they will take samples of fluid from your nose and mouth. That fluid will be sent to a state or national lab to test for COVID-19. They might also test fluid from your lungs, or test your urine or stool to determine if you have any other infections.[11]
If you have pneumonia or difficulty breathing, your doctor might order X-rays of your lungs.
Diagnostic testing for COVID-19 is limited. For example, in the US, only state public health labs or the CDC can conduct the proper tests. Your doctor will likely designate you as a person under investigation (PUI) and keep you isolated until the test results return. Since state labs are now helping with testing, results are available faster than they were at the start of the outbreak.[12]
3
Do you have to stay in the hospital if you have COVID-19? Not necessarily. More severe cases require hospitalization. However, most people who contract COVID-19 can stay in their homes, as long as they self-isolate. Your doctor will let you know if you can go home or if you need to be hospitalized. Either way, you will need to be quarantined so you won’t spread the virus.[13]
Your state public health department will tell you when it’s okay for you to leave quarantine. They’ll track you throughout your recovery to make sure you’re getting better and aren’t exposing others to the virus.
You may need to go to the hospital if your lungs stop working on their own and you need a ventilator to help you breathe. Hospitals can also supply you with extra oxygen, which makes it easier for you to breathe on your own.
If you feel more comfortable staying in the hospital than going home, let your doctor know. For example, you might be concerned about spreading the disease to your family if you return home.
Continue to monitor your symptoms if you’re staying at home. If your symptoms become more severe, call your doctor as soon as possible.
4
What medications are available for COVID-19? As of March 2020, there is no specific medication that is approved to treat COVID-19. Pharmaceutical companies and research organizations are conducting trials of antiviral drugs to treat the disease. However, it is unlikely that a drug will be available for human use before the end of 2020.[14]
Several organizations are also working on developing a potential vaccine for the disease. However, it’s not known when a vaccine would be available to the public.
You can take over-the-counter medications to relieve your fever and other symptoms of COVID-19. Just keep in mind that these medications are only relieving the symptoms themselves — they are not treating the virus
Warning: Monitor your symptoms while taking over-the-counter drugs and call your doctor if they seem to be getting worse or if they don’t improve despite taking over-the-counter drugs.

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How can I keep from spreading COVID-19 to others? If your doctor has confirmed that you have COVID-19, or if you are suspected of having COVID-19, isolate yourself from others. Stay at home except when you’re going to get medical care. When you go to the doctor, always wear a facemask and avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis. While at home, take the following precautions:[15]
Stay in a separate room from everyone else and use a separate bathroom if possible.
Basic surgical masks help prevent the spread of the virus by stopping the wearer from exposing others to coughing or sneezing. If you are sick, wear a surgical mask when you are around others if possible.[16]
If you have not tested positive and have no reason to suspect you have been exposed, wearing a mask or respirator in public is not recommended, but be sure to keep 6 feet away from others and do not leave home unnecessarily.[17]
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Immediately throw the tissue into a trashcan and wash your hands.
Don’t share household utensils, towels, bedding, or clothing with other members of your household.
Monitor your symptoms and call your doctor if your symptoms worsen.
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How can you tell when COVID-19 has run its course? Typically, symptoms will be relatively mild, so it can be difficult to know for sure exactly when you’re no longer contagious. Your public health department will monitor you while you’re in quarantine and tell you when you’re clear to leave your home or the hospital. Once your symptoms are gone for at least 24 hours, they’ll test you to see if you still have the virus.[18]
Don’t leave your quarantine until the public health department confirms that it’s safe for you to do so. They may keep you in quarantine for several days after you’re no longer symptomatic just in case.
Method 3 of 3:
Preventing COVID-19 Infection
1
How can I protect myself from COVID-19? The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to avoid being around people who are sick with the disease. However, if the person is asymptomatic, you may have no way of knowing if they have the disease until you’ve already contracted the virus. Other steps you can take to minimize your exposure include:[19]
Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
Distancing yourself from others and spending most of your time at home
Touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as little as possible
Staying home if you are sick (even if you just have a common cold)
Cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces that are frequently touched in your household at least once a day
Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue and immediately throwing the tissue in the trash
2
What should I do if I can’t avoid someone with COVID-19? If you’re caring for a sick family member, you may not have the luxury of simply staying away from anyone who has the disease. Wear disposable gloves and a respirator at all times when you’re in the same room as the person who is sick.[20]
Avoid touching the person’s bodily fluids. If you wash a sick person’s clothing, sheets, blankets, or towels, wear disposable gloves and don’t let them touch your clothing or skin while they’re dirty.
Throw away disposable gloves immediately after using them and wash your hands thoroughly. While wearing disposable gloves, don’t touch any part of your body, especially your face or your eyes.[21]
Even if you are just caring for a sick person, you should be sure to self isolate for 14 days since you may be able to carry and spread the virus even if you have no symptoms.[22]
3
What’s the difference between a respirator and a surgical mask? A surgical mask, or facemask, is meant to protect the surrounding environment from your respiratory issues. In contrast, a respirator protects you from anything in the environment. A respirator is thicker and fits more tightly than the facemasks you might be familiar with, ubiquitous in China and other Asian countries.[23]
Regular surgical facemasks are not effective for preventing COVID-19 for someone who has not tested positive. Only N95 facemasks can help protect you, and these are in limited supply. Only medical professionals who are treating people who are infected should be using N95 masks during the outbreak.
4
What if I come into contact with someone who has COVID-19? If you are in close contact with someone who you know has COVID-19, call your doctor immediately. They will likely advise you to isolate yourself for 14 days. If you don’t get any symptoms within that 14-day period, your doctor will likely conclude that you don’t have the disease.[24]
If you’ve only recently been exposed to COVID-19, any diagnostic test might come back negative. Typically, your doctor will advise you to wait a couple of days before coming in for testing, unless you are already showing symptoms.
5
How long should I isolate myself if I’m exposed to COVID-19? COVID-19 has an incubation period of 14 days. Generally, this means that if you’re exposed to COVID-19, you could get sick from the virus up to two weeks after you were first exposed. Quarantine yourself and notify your doctor that you may need to be tested. From there, the public health department will monitor your progress and tell you when it’s safe to leave quarantine.[25]
Even if you do get sick during that 14-day period, it might not necessarily be related to COVID-19. You could get sick because of something else.
If 14 days pass and you don’t show any signs of illness, this generally means that you’re no longer at risk for getting sick from COVID-19 or passing the illness on to others.
Warning: It may be possible to spread COVID-19 even while you don’t have symptoms if you’ve been infected. Take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you’ve been exposed to the virus, even if you don’t have any symptoms.

6
Should I wear a facemask in public to keep from getting COVID-19? Facemasks aren’t recommended for the general public, and may not protect you from COVID-19. You should only wear a facemask in public if you are symptomatic.[26]
Generally, a facemask is designed to protect the public from you — not to protect you from the public. The best way to protect yourself in public is to wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
7
Can I get COVID-19 from touching a contaminated surface? It’s possible, but this isn’t the main way the virus spreads. Experts believe COVID-19 spreads through droplets from infected people. If these droplets settle on a surface, you touch them, and then you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, it’s possible you will get sick. However, it’s not clear how long the germs remain on surfaces, and it’s unlikely the virus survives for long.[27]
Clean and sanitize items around your house that are frequently touched by people, such as television remotes, phones, and doorknobs, at least once a day.
If someone in your household is sick, isolate them and don’t share household items with them. Clean their items separately from everyone else’s.
8
Can pets get COVID-19? It is not yet known if COVID-19 can be spread from humans to animals. However, if you have COVID-19, you should let someone else in your household take care of any pets while you are sick and keep them out of your room.[28]
Avoid petting, snuggling, or sharing food with your pet. Always wash your hands before or after interacting with your pets.
Community Q&A
Question
If I wear a mask on my face will people make fun of me?
Ruby
Top Answerer
Wearing a mask isn’t meant to protect you from the coronavirus, it’s meant to protect others from the virus if you potentially have it. Even if people do make fun of you, it’s still better than the alternative, which is potentially spreading the virus. More people are wearing masks, so you can find support in that.
Question
I’ve sore throat, I heard that it was a symptom of COVID 19. Do I have the coronavirus? I would know if I have it to not infect my mom because she has diabetes.
Community Answer
You probably don’t have the virus; remember, the usual illnesses like the common cold, flus, sore throats, etc., are still around too. Common symptoms of the virus include having a fever, body aches, dry coughing and shortness of breath. And while the sore throat is present in a small amount of cases, it is less common as a symptom. If you have these symptoms, then call your doctor to ask about being tested. And until you get better, try not to get too near to anyone and stay cautious.
Question
Even if you have clean hands, can you still not touch your face?
Community Answer
Even if you have clean hands, it’s still best not to touch your face so that you get into the habit of not doing so unconsciously when out and about. At home, it would be okay to touch your face but again, trying not to will decrease the chances of you unwittingly doing so when out in public. Keep all light switches, doorknobs, handles on appliances, etc. clean at home and office, to reduce the chances of the virus remaining on surfaces.
Question
Will a disinfectant help?
Community Answer
Using disinfectant to clean surfaces that are touched regularly in your house will help to kill the virus. The virus can last about 12 hours on hard surfaces, so disinfectant will help to get rid of it.
Question
If you’re sick but you get better in a few days, does it mean you got infected with COVID-19 (or coronavirus)?
Amy Harrison
Top Answerer
The only possible way to find out is to be tested for COVID-19. Common symptoms are respiratory issues, such as trouble breathing, a dry cough, and fever. If you believe you are suffering from the coronavirus, notify your a health professional and isolate yourself for 14 days.
Question
Twice last year I was hospitalized for sepsis that was in my bloodstream. I have COPD. I started coughing, have difficulty breathing and a low grade fever that continues to increase. What should I do?
Amy Harrison
Top Answerer
If you believe you have COVID-19, notify the health authorities and isolate yourself for 14 days. Coughing, difficulty breathing, and a fever are symptoms associated with the coronavirus. Phone your doctor for advice as to where to seek help.
Question
What do I do if my friends have it?
Helpie
Top Answerer
If they have tested positive for the virus, isolate yourself for 14 days (especially if you’ve been around them recently) and seek medical attention if any symptoms arise.
Question
Can the virus enter your body through your hands?
Amy Harrison
Top Answerer
The virus is spread through viral-laden droplets from coughs and sneezes. While the virus cannot enter your body through your hands, if your hands have come in contact with the virus you can infect yourself by touching your eyes, mouth or nose. It’s advised to frequently wash your hands with warm soap and water.
Question
How can I strengthen my immune system so that I don’t get it?
Community Answer
To strengthen your immune system, be sure to get the right amount of sleep every day and keep your stress levels to a minimum (stress can leave you more vulnerable to diseases). You may find it helps to meditate to reduce stress or to get out into nature and walk, hike, ride your bike, etc. Do your best to stick to a healthy diet and avoid processed and fast foods as much as possible. Your body needs fruit, vegetables, grains and other healthy non-processed foods to stay in good health. Always remember to wash your hands with soap and water, especially after using the bathroom, before eating and after being in public places. Carry hand sanitizer with you and avoid shaking hands; do elbow bumps instead!
Question
My friend thinks I’m germaphobic, using so much sanitizer and being so clean. What should I do?
Heartsy
Community Answer
Don’t worry about what others think of you. It is a good thing that you are being hygienic and very clean. You can try telling your friend “I’m not germaphobic. I’m scared about the virus outbreak, so I really need to be cautious and hygienic. In fact, so should you and I am happy to show you how to keep safe through hygiene.” If your friend keeps teasing you, simply ignore them. Your cleanliness is more important. Also keep in mind it’s probable that they’re scared and maybe it’s easier to make a joke out of things for them than to have to deal with all the anxiety this virus is causing.
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If you or a member of your household are exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Reveals What Happened To Justin Chambers’ Character

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SPOILER ALERT: Following star Justin Chamber’s exit from the show in in January, the fate of Dr. Alex Karev is revealed, so fans who haven’t watched the episode yet can consider themselves warned.

Thursday’s “Grey’s Anatomy” finally resolved the mystery of Alex Karev’s abrupt departure from Grey Sloan Memorial after star Justin Chambers left the show after 16 seasons.

While his sudden exit was previously explained away by characters noting he was going to Iowa to be with his ailing mother, the truth was revealed — and it was a sweet blast from the past.

While Chambers didn’t appear in the episode, Karev did offer a voiceover to explain that he left Seattle — and his apparently soon-to-be-ex wife Jo (Camilla Luddington) — to reunite with his previous spouse, Izzie (Katherine Heigl). Heigl also didn’t appear in the episode, which shouldn’t be surprising given the actress left the show years ago under less than amicable circumstances.

RELATED: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Showrunner: Explanation Behind Abrupt Exit Of Justin Chambers’ Character Will Take ‘Quite A Few More Episodes’

Viewers learned that after Izzie’s departure, she secretly gave birth to Karev’s offspring, twins Eli and Alexis, whom she’s been raising on a farm in Kansas. According to the show, after Meredith’s (Ellen Pompeo) trial at the beginning of this season, Alex visited Izzie for the first time since she left, and met his children for the first time. He decided that was where he wanted to be.

“It is nearly impossible to say goodbye to Alex Karev,” said “Grey’s Anatomy” showrunner Krista Vernoff in a statement.

RELATED: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Here’s How Justin Chambers’ Exit Was Addressed

“That is as true for me and for all of the writers at ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ as it is for the fans. We have loved writing Alex. And we have loved watching Justin Chambers’ nuanced portrayal of him,” she added.

“For 16 seasons, 16 years, we have grown up alongside Alex Karev,” . We have been frustrated by his limitations and we have been inspired by his growth and we have come to love him deeply and to think of him as one of our very best friends. We will miss him terribly. And we will always be grateful for his impact, on our show, on our hearts, on our fans, on the world.”

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