The COVID-19 pandemic has reached every corner of the globe, becoming the first viral scourge of the 21st century and threatening to rival the worst outbreaks of all time. And although almost every country practices such measures to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, such as social distancing and self-isolation, strategies to address the pandemic vary from nation to nation.
24/7 Tempo is looking at the different approaches taken by other countries where the spread of the novel coronavirus is either slowing down or didn’t reach pandemic levels seen elsewhere in the world to flatten the curve. “Flattening the curve” is an epidemiological term meaning to slow the spread of the virus so that fewer people would contract the virus and would need to be treated, with the aim not to overwhelm health care systems.
Some countries have used extensive and early testing as well as vigorous use of data to try and get ahead of the virus. They acted quickly to address the growing crisis by closing all schools, public buildings, as well as shutting down borders and banning all travelers from China. Other nations have taken a less strict approach, even allowing restaurants to remain open.
The outbreak of the novel coronavirus has disrupted people’s lives in unparalleled ways, shuttering businesses, laying off millions of workers, and forcing much of the world to self-isolate at home. Social distancing guidelines are being expended in many countries, in some countries well into May. Staying inside for weeks at a time can be challenging. Here are 25 ideas about what you can do right now to make staying at home easier.