The world has come to a halt due to the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. 

COVID-19 can be passed through coughs and sneeze droplets, making it highly contagious. The World Health Organization has labeled the spread a global pandemic, and carriers who are asymptomatic are spreading the virus without knowing it. 

With such a serious virus spreading worldwide, we have been told to practice “social distancing”. Social distancing means staying at least six feet away from people and avoiding large gatherings. Social distancing, quarantines, and self-isolation have pushed events, canceled others, closed stores, and pushed schools classes online. 

With everyone stuck at home without access to friends or some family, things can get pretty boring. 

Here are a few tips on how to stay safe and entertained while you’re self-quarantining: 

1. Wash your hands often. 

This is the most obvious tip there is, but it is very important to keep your hands cleaned during the spread of the virus so you don’t get infected or expose others to it. A way to entertain yourself while washing your hands is to sing the hook of your favorite song while you are lathering up. 

For example, you could sing the following:

  • The alphabet 

  • Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield 

William Sullivan, a junior business management major at Savannah State University, suggested to wash your hands to the intro of Loaded Baked Potato by Yung Nudy. 

2. Read a book 

With the time you have off, you can finally relax and enjoy a good book. Going to work and school every day, you may not have had the time to sit and read a book for pleasure but now you have nothing but time. There are several free online books to read and if you don’t feel like reading, you can download Audible and have someone read it to you. 

For example 

  • “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky 

  • “48 Laws of Power” by Robert Greene 

  • “The Power of Broke” by Daymond John 

3. Be social online 

Just because you’re in the house doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re by yourself. There are millions of people going through the same thing. Interact with your friends and family on social media. You can also stay updated on any new information about COVID-19 via social media. 

Monique Brown, a senior mass communications major at Savannah State University, said, “My friends and I have been playing iMessage games to pass the time and stay entertained.” 

GamePigeon is an app that’s on iPhones that allows users to play games like 8-ball, anagrams, darts, and many more through text message 

4. Stay Active 

Since gyms are closed, you can find other alternatives to get a workout. Try walking in place while watching TV, take a brisk walk to the mailbox and back, and you can find several workout videos for free on YouTube.  

Other workout opportunities are as follows:

  • Planet Fitness has been live streaming free online workout classes on their Facebook 

  • 305 Fitness is offering free 10 – 45-minute Zumba workout classes on their YouTube page 

  • Barry’s Bootcamp is a 20-minute equipment-free workouts on Instagram live. 

5. Watch a Series 

You finally have the opportunity to watch a whole series without any guilt. Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ and other streaming services offer several series that you can choose from. Find a show that sparks your interest, eat your quarantine snacks, and relax.  

You could try to watch the following:

  • The Twilight Saga 

  • The Harry Potter Series 

  • On My Block 


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