What does four days in a self-imposed quarantine look like?
“I’m probably talking to myself a lot more than I normally do,” laughs Claire-Louise.
“But I’m doing OK. I’m still in a positive mind frame.” Claire-Louise Vermande, 33, isn’t strictly in COVID-19 quarantine or isolation, which is what Australians are being required to do if they have been in contact with a person infected with COVID-19, or recently arrived from overseas.
But she’s chosen to start stringent social distancing.
She’s been working from home this week, at the request of her employer, and has tried to avoid physical contact with others as much as possible. “The company I work for [asked people to work from home] as a measure to assist the greater community,” she says.
“So I don’t think it’s then right to just go out and be among the masses. “I’ve spoken to two people face-to-face this week, both from the coffee shop.”
Claire-Louise isn’t alone. Thousands of Australians are now working from home and practising social distancing — which includes avoiding crowds and limiting physical contact with others — to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
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By health reporter Olivia Willis
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