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A students guide to coming home for Easter 2020

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Chloe Martell

March 17, 2020

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It’s fair to say that 2020 so far has been a pretty weird year, and the outbreak of the pandemic is one of the reasons. Many students up and down the country will be coming home from university for Easter, and it’s likely going to be for a few weeks longer than thought. It’s a stressful time for everyone – so we’ve pulled together some tips that may help you keep calm during this time, and also things you can still do (even if you’re self-isolating).

1: Bring everything home from your uni house!

You don’t know how long you’ll be at home with Mum and Dad, so be prepared and take home everything you’ll need and even things you may not think you’ll need. This includes workbooks and any revision you’ve been doing for upcoming exams. It’s best to spend this time living life as you would usually as much as you can, including revising.

2: Take a road trip… yes, really!

Social distancing doesn’t mean you have to stick within the same four walls for the next few weeks (unless you have Coronavirus in which case it’s recommended you stay inside). You can still get out and about, taking in the sights from the comfort of your car. There may not be many places open, but why not take a road trip just for the sake of it? Pack some sweets and drinks in the car and head off, but don’t get out the car unless necessary.

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3: Make sure you’re cleaning the car

If you’re sharing a car with parents over the Easter holidays, which many young drivers do, there are some extra precautions to take that will help limit the spread of the virus.

  • Wash your hands or use hand gel before getting into the car
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with a sleeve or tissue
  • Keep a window open for ventilation
  • Ensure you’re cleaning the following contact points with antibacterial wipes:
    Door handles (inside and out)
    Window controls
    Seat adjusters
    Steering wheel
    Steering height adjuster
    Parking brake
    Gearstick
    Indicator and wiper stalks

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4: Help those around you

As you’re aware, COVID-19 is impacting the elderly and those with health conditions the most. If this isn’t you and you aren’t experiencing symptoms, why not ask the elderly and vulnerable if they need anything? You can make trips to the shops, pharmacies, whatever it may be that they’re unable to get out and get for themselves. This gets you out of the house and is a good deed to make for others. If you are getting supplies for a vulnerable family remember – it is advised that you leave these on their doorstep, rather than deliver it into the hands.

5: Keep calm and carry on

This saying has been around since 1939 in preparation for World War 2. It was intended to raise the morale of the British public at the time of great uncertainty and it’s something we can absolutely live by now. Following the guidance given to us by the government, keep washing your hands and if you start to experience any of the symptoms, stay inside.

For more information – visit the NHS website.

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