My family’s encounter with COVID-19

  1. Spray surface disinfectant on each door handles, knobs, and doors every hour.
  2. Mop the home twice with Dettol.
  3. Keep windows open to let bright sunlight in all our rooms.
  4. Use hand sanitizer every time I serve food to the isolated members. We had restricted our interaction only to the door and placed a table right inside. That was our platform to exchange dishes.
  5. Always wear a mask when interacting with isolated members.
  6. All the negative members wore masks when we were together and maintained physical distancing even within our home. We ensured that we were never together as much as possible. This was the toughest part. We had to let go of hugging and touching each other. It wasn’t just tough, in fact, it was extremely painful. My younger one (who’s all of 8) tried her best to cope with it but would break down at times. Once she said, “Mumma, I never realized that hugging was so important when I could hug many times a day, I miss it now.”
  7. Maintain separate hand towels for each member. We purchased different color towels so that we don’t get it mixed up.
  8. Have a hot water bath at least twice a day.
  1. My Skechers :) Life wouldn’t have been so easy if it weren’t for my comfy Skechers. I would have never imagined while buying them that they will come to my rescue during such days and that I would be wearing them for 12–18hrs a day. Skechers, are you listening?
  2. My dishwasher — it was such a relief to be able to have one less job to do each day and have each utensil cleaned with hot water. It was easy to maintain hygiene with used utensils, cutlery etc.
  3. Robo home vacuum cleaner — which arrived just in time. One more job off my daily chores :)
  4. E-commerce: Amazon and BigBasket were my go-to apps for all my grocery and other essential needs.
  5. Internet and virtual schooling: Both my girls could continue their school despite the new and odd situation at home.
  6. Great creative apps like Canva: My younger one used all her alone time to learn Canva and MS Paint. She has created so many posters, illustrations that are now coming handy for her project documentation.
  • How did Abhishek’s name get missed from the government records?
  • Why did none of the government officials who called to check for the other two members and the ones who visited the home to stick the quarantine poster not have the ability to register my complaint and enter Abhishek’s name to the list?
  • If the primary patient is not traced how is the government doing any contact tracing?
  • How genuine are the numbers being charted every day?
  • Being the primary care-giver and being by his side for the first 10 days, I wasn’t affected. What could have protected me?
  • Why is it so difficult to get a home test booked?
  1. Oximeter
  2. Thermometer
  3. Dolo (any paracetamol)
  4. Azithromycin
  5. Vitamin C
  6. Vitamin D
  7. Multi-Vitamin
  8. Cough syrup
  9. Hand sanitizer
  10. Mask

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Shipra Bhutada

Shipra Bhutada

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Shipra is the Founder & User Research Director at User Connect Consultancy.