Albrecht P., 24, has experience of what Bavaria and Saarland are facing – and, in the event of a curfew, maybe soon the whole country: he has not been allowed to leave his home for 19 days. On the day it was announced that the virus had reached Berlin, he became under quarantine posed.
He had given first aid to Berlin’s first corona patient. Although Albrecht P. tested negative for corona, he was unable to detect any corona viruses a day and a half after contact. As a preventive measure, a 14-day house arrest was nevertheless imposed.
The final test he had to take to be released was now positive. His quarantine is therefore extended until April 1. Here he gives ten tips on how to best cope with it.
banal, but it is not. At first I enjoyed sleeping in.
After four days the point came when I thought: You can still do it
stay a bit. You have nothing to do anyway.
you, like me, are at home alone and are not allowed out, you can
easily slip into its own time zone. At the beginning of my second
By the week, one of my days had shrunk to seven hours.
the next morning I was tired from sleeping too much.
Since then I’ve gotten up earlier. That it was eight o’clock, what I call
perceive ideal time has a different background. I had on
Made a second Corona test on Friday last week. At the
Monday morning I expected the result. I wanted to be ready to
go out immediately. But the call came on Wednesday at half past eight
Health Department – the test result was different than expected. Now
I keep getting up early.
I had no great urge to move. To get a little fat
I burned myself in on my first weekend anyway
Quarantine a video with circuit training selected from the Internet
and played on the TV. Sound turned down, music to it
turned on. And then I lay there, sweating on my living room floor
and doing pushups or sit-ups.
I found it somehow inappropriate.
How should I describe it? Anyway, it is not my preferred one
Way to spend time in my living room.
I go to the gym twice a week. Physically too
spending is a good balance for me when I mentally challenged
am. But I’m not that right now. I feel through that
many seats often tense. That’s how I got into yoga. Before had
I only have rudimentary knowledge of it.
I’m on YouTube Mady Morrison encountered, it’s pretty high up in search results. Those who know their way around may be able to recommend something better, but she has countless exercise units on various topics such as “shoulder” or “energy for the day”. That brings variety.
For a few days now I have had a video call and yoga together with a friend who is currently working in the home office every morning at nine. Then we chat a bit. I have my athletes breakfast on the balcony: consisting of coffee and a cigarette. So you can start the day well.
Quarantine initially feels like a long weekend: good. But at the end of a long weekend there is always the moment when you want to get back to your everyday life. That’s when I became fully aware that you really can’t get out of here! That was the most difficult point for me.
The more I structured my day, the better I was. I only found the phases of uncertainty uncomfortable. That was when I waited three days for the result of my second corona test.
I was not blown away by the fact that he was positive and thus extended the quarantine period by two weeks. On the one hand, because I now know: I have corona and the disease is almost imperceptible to me. Not that I was very worried, but it is reassuring.
On the other hand, because I would infect other people outside. I have to be isolated in here. This makes quarantine easier.
The first thing I did was order a pasta machine in quarantine. I like cooking. It is even an advantage to be alone: I can try out new recipes, and if they don’t work, only I can tell. Finally I paused a little while cooking. A little bit of devaluation of jobs if you do them to get around the time.
I’ve spent a lot of the last few days cleaning and sorting paper. Because at some point life goes on, and then I don’t have to do it anymore. I recently ordered and installed a kitchen shelf. It will always remind me of this intense time.
Many friends spontaneously call me. That is of course very nice, but sometimes annoying anyway, because even in quarantine you take on tasks, and with them you are constantly interrupted. That is why it has proven useful for me to make fixed appointments for phone calls. You have something to look forward to every day.
On Friday I went to a video call with a friend for a bottle of wine. Then weekend feelings came up. Video calls are more immediate. You just have to get used to a certain nonchalance. You don’t have to care what you look like or whether there is a mess in the background.
Conventional phone calls have the advantage that if you wear headphones, you can clean up or cook on the side, and the other person does not notice it. I developed quite a bit of skill over time. However, phone calls cannot replace normal human encounters. Whenever you hang up, the apartment is filled with a great silence that cannot be drowned out with music.
At the end of my first week in quarantine, I felt very lonely. This is how it should be for pensioners, I thought: my work was taken away, my range of motion limited, and I was afraid of annoying my social contacts when I called them. It was the first time in my life that I kept a diary.
Every day I sit at the computer for an hour and sort my thoughts. Most of what happens in quarantine happens in your own mind. It is interesting to get involved. I realized that it is a common task that virus contain. Since then I feel less alone. Like many others at home, I make my contribution to the whole.
I work for the Bundeswehr and, to my surprise, my troop psychologist called me on my first day of quarantine with recommendations. One was: I should make plans for the quarantine. I decided to sort out my paperwork, prepare my first semester at Fernuni Hagen, which starts in May, cook a lot and do spring cleaning.
That doesn’t sound like much. But even though the quarantine has been extended, I’m still busy. In the beginning you need a lot of time to deal with the situation. Also, two or, in my case, four weeks are over faster than you think. So if you want to learn a new language like my friends are planning, you probably won’t get very far.
It starts with the fact that I recently make my bed in the morning. Otherwise I went into the shower and continued to work. Cooking, eating, clearing away – I do everything more carefully than usual. It is also very pleasant to go to a bed made in the evening. Around ten o’clock I usually lie down and listen to a meditation app. It is not always easy to fall asleep after a day in the apartment.
I started watching Netflix series for hours. It quickly feels stale. Ultimately, the point is to come up with something that can be done here in the apartment. You often come up with almost crazy ideas. I just crumpled up a paper into a ball, maybe I’ll build a hockey course.
At the beginning, I was hardly concerned with reports of the spread of the disease. My situation is fundamentally determined by Corona, so I feel better if I don’t think about it continuously. And it doesn’t help anyone. I now hear the podcast of virologist Christian Drosten and follow what the Tagesschau posts on Instagram.
At first it was in a What’s app group,
Acquaintances of the first infected exchanged, a lot going on. Now is
the conversation almost fell asleep. Only one was recently written:
The young man I got infected with is now
tested negative. That means: He is healthy again.