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Survey results reveal average number of days people can bear to self-quarantine

By Katy Kelly, SoraNews24

How long has it been since you last set foot outside the house? I left a moment ago to do some weeding, then hastily ran back inside to wash my hands. Even that tiny little respite is something, though; the feeling of warm sunlight against skin, the cooling hiss of wind carding through your hair. But the act of physically being outside is only half of the equation. What many people like me are missing — really, really missing — is the sensation of being around, talking with and enjoying life alongside other people.

And this brings us to the question posed by Japanese company Nomura Securities Co, which ran a survey based on statements released by Japan’s cabinet office: namely their call to action that people self-quarantine “as much as possible” in order to limit transmission of the contagious virus COVID-19. Though reductions have been seen in outside gatherings, there is also some doubt as to how long people can restrain themselves from going outside and congregating. On April 14, Nomura Societies released its analyses of the data.

Drawing from a pool of 1,473 responses regarding how long they felt capable of self-quarantining to prevent COVID-19 spread, the largest number — 36.9 percent — responded “about a week”, with 18.9 percent claiming they could last a full two weeks. The next highest percentage, 15.4 percent, was for those who felt they could stand to stay isolated just for two or three days.

Nomura Societies provided a weighted average for the survey’s over-18-year-old demographic: the average survey participant could last 14.4 days sequestered inside without any physical contact with the outside world. This average split in some interesting ways when interrogated by age: those in their 40s averaged to just 12 days, while recipients in their 70s averaged out to 18 days.

As the development of COVID-19 is uncertain, and social distancing may be required to continue until at least 2022 in worst-case scenarios, this information can be helpful when implementing services to maintain mental health, levels of exercise and general daily structure during long periods of isolation. It is important to remember that many people, especially the elderly, disabled or individuals under home arrest, already have to stay indoors for extended periods and have developed habits and routines to keep going. And no matter how difficult it may feel to stay at home, you’re at least safe in the knowledge that you’re helping to keep others safe.

Source: LiveDoor News/Asahi Shimbun via Hachima Kiko

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Very weak.

This society is definitely lacking in the sense of self sacrifice and selfless honor of the samurai ancestors.

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I’ll be out of my place several times today.

Why not?

There are no penalties or rules forbidding it.

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I’ll be out of my place several times today.

Why not?

I dunno... not spreading the coronavirus comes to mind.

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I mean 'didn't...'

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Simply going outside is not a risk to catching or spreading the virus. C-19 isn't floating in the air like spring allergens. Fear impairs your immune system more than a few minutes outdoors in the sunshine. Periods of exercise as simple as walking are beneficial, even necessary. Just don't create a cough cloud as you pass someone. Wear a mask if you think it will reassure others.

Risks increase in closed environments shared by many where items are constantly touched by many--grocery, convenience and drug stores many of which have narrow aisles. Physical distancing of 2 meters and proper sanitizing of items purchased in such places are more difficult to maintain in those environments.

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Your mental capacity to quarantine yourself in your house increases dramatically when you have a bunch of books you're enjoying and are looking forward to reading.

Also, just go for a walk each day somewhere even if it's around the block. I do and ride my mama-chari to the store for my necessary shopping instead of driving. It relieves a hell of a lot of stress.

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I live by a big park and practice social distancing. I will take a long walk every day.

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I'm at, what... 57 days (?) of self-isolation, not leaving except to go get groceries or necessities. Yes I would love to go for a walk with my daughter, but we live in the city in a high traffic area near our train station. Basically going outside of our property we will be within a meter of someone within a few seconds. Groups of kids even stand outside of our gate playing almost every day. Our local park is absolutely packed with children and the elderly alike.

Part of me is used to it, which is depressing in and of itself. Other parts of me are going insane. Some days I pray it rains so my that people don't go out and my daughter can put on her galoshes and splash in puddles in the road in front of our house. Other days I spend all day looking forward to my nightly shower just so I can cry alone without worrying my daughter or husband.

And sometimes I just want to get the virus because just worrying about getting it and passing it on to my in-laws or my own family gives me such anxiety that it feels like it will never end.

I will deal with it as long as I have to, I'm an adult and yeah, sometimes we have to do things we don't want to do that will benefit everyone else. That's life. It would be a whole lot easier, though, if other adults would also take some responsibility and do what they have to do to in turn protect everyone around them as well. Most people here don't care though, at all.

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The study forgot the part where those with children said 2 hours.

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I would do anything not to have to still goto the office and be allowed to isolate....

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Go make a loaf of bread, learn a language, grow some plants on the balcony, e-mail friends, do yoga, work out, or do something slightly interesting. Sitting on the floor with your head in your hands feeling sorry for yourself is a waste, and not very satisfying, I think.

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We stay home all day then I get my 3 kids to the park around 6pm when everyone else is in having dinner. It gets dark around 7 so that hour of running around helps a lot.

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I just wanted to say that I read your post and I was very touched by it.

Things will get back to normal. One day, hopefully not too far away.

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BigYenToday 08:17 pm JSTsavethegaijin:

I just wanted to say that I read your post and I was very touched by it.

Things will get back to normal. One day, hopefully not too far away.

It's a matter of when, not if. Right now I'm watching DVDs and listening to CDs, reading books and I'm sorting / weeding. The media that is still relevant to me and my life now, stays. That stuff that doesn't - I'm going to sell at a Half-Price Book store and the money I get from it will go to CoVid-19 relief. And while my meds prevent me from donating blood, if I can sell plasma like I did when I was in college then I'll do so again.

The CoVid-19 is not going to last forever.

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The Adele parody of Hello by Chris Mann might cheer you up, though.

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It's a matter of when, not if.

I agree, buddy. But some people are finding it tougher than others. You sound like you're doing OK.

I'm doing pretty much the same as you. Got the veges and herbs planted, got my books, got my Kindle, go walking every day, got a whole heap of fixing-up jobs around the house to do. Wish I could travel to Japan (had a trip planned for next month) but I've accepted that's gone.

Most importantly, got my wife.

Stay well, eh?

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