5 Ways Students Can Prepare for COVID-19

Freya Hugheson 17 March 2020
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The world is gripped by a pandemic – it’s nightmare-worthy stuff. Listening to the news, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve woken up in a dystopian future.

But, actually, when you get past the scaremongering the media are pumping out, the majority of us shouldn’t be too worried. 

Of course, some people with compromised or lowered immune systems must take extra precautions to stay safe from it. 

It’s for their sake that the rest of us must be extra careful to avoid spreading germs. It’s reported many strapping young things are feeling fine yet are quite contagious, so while it might feel silly, do your best Lady Macbeth and get the hell inside.

And as many students tend to live in densely-packed areas, make sure you’re being mindful of your everyday habits. 

1. Hygiene

You know the drill. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Soap, hot water, kill those germs.

Wash ‘em when you arrive places, wash ‘em when you leave. It’s a great habit to be in anyway, so please be considerate and clean. 

Coughing? Cover your mouth. Sneezing? Use a tissue. It’s primary school level stuff – use your common sense, people.

2. Isolate

Quarantine sounds heavy

Social distancing sounds like something out of Mean Girls. 

Isolation was the punishment you endured for being naughty in secondary school. 

Keeping yourself out of big crowds is the important thing here. It’s what we’re being advised to do to stop the spread, which in turn eases the pressure on the NHS.

It’s probably going to be fun… You’ll get bored, restless and ready for the whole thing to be over. But it’s really helpful for not spreading the virus around, which is the goal here. Give a thought to those who don’t have such a badass immune system and limit the amount you go out.

3. Shopping

We cannot stress this enough: Buy only what you need. 

If the shelves get raided by paranoid shoppers, there won’t be enough for everyone else. So like if you buy six packs of loo roll, there’s a good chance you’re stopping someone vulnerable from having any. How selfish can you be?

Anyway, another point is to try and help others. It’s not always possible we know but if you can, do. There are community groups springing up all over the internet where you can offer your help. If you feel up to it, find your local one and volunteer.

4. Health

They say ‘moving is medicine’, and there’s no better time to be maintaining your health. 

Can you invest in some workout kit? Or try and stick to a daily routine of a few core moves? Try not to fall prey to sitting around all day, it’s really not good for you.

While you’re at it, keep your mind active too. Just because most things are cancelled, doesn’t mean you have to stop learning...

5. Learn

Not even a global pandemic should stop you getting your degree. And lucky for you, we’re in the 21st Century, so there’s lots to help you stay on track.

From accessing the massive and brilliant online Perlego library for all your uni books, to gathering all the extra info you could need with UniNote, you’ve got all the tools you could need to get your essays done right.

Chances are your lectures are about to become virtual, too. This is annoying but necessary (see points 1 and 2). Enjoy the fact that you can listen to your clever old teachers from the comfort of your own home. If nothing else, it’s a novel way of seeing out the end of term.

Our final piece of advice for preparing for COVID-19 is to read up on the advice being shared from trustworthy and official sources. Like these:

The NHS

World Health Organization

Freya Hugheson 17 March 2020