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What is a Quarantine Calculator?
The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in millions of people across the United Kingdom and elsewhere self-isolating, and that has led to supply issues in supermarkets up and down the country. Our series of quarantine calculators well help you work out quantities when it comes to buying household essentials in the coming weeks, as well as explaining why there is no need to panic buy.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause disease in animals. The Covid-19 virus is a member of the coronavirus family that made the jump from animals to humans in late 2019.
Many of those initially infected either worked or frequently shopped in the Huanan seafood market in the centre of Wuhan, a city in China.
Unusually for a virus that has made the jump from one species to another, it appears to transmit effectively in humans.
Initial estimates have shown that without strong containment measures, on average a person who has Covid-19 will pass it on to two other people. The virus also appears to have a higher mortality rate than common illnesses such as seasonal flu.
What is Quarantine and what does quarantine mean?
A quarantine is a restriction on the movement of people and goods which is intended to prevent the spread of disease.
It is often used in connection to disease and illness, preventing the movement of those who may have been exposed to a communicable disease - such as the Covid-19 virus - but do not have a confirmed medical diagnosis.
Should I ration my food?
Food rations are something which in the United Kingdom have long been associated with World War 2. The coronavirus pandemic has led to panic buying in supermarkets in the UK but the government has – sensibly – urged shoppers not to stock pile, and supermarkets insist they will be able to keep the shelves fully stacked throughout the coming weeks.
There is no need to panic buy, and our quarantine calculator can help to prove that to you, advising how much you actually need to buy next time you visit Aldi, Asda, Lidl, Morrison's Sainsbury's, Tesco, or Waitrose.
What are Coronavirus symptoms?
The Covid-19 virus is a member of the coronavirus family that made the jump from animals to humans in late 2019 and can affect your lungs and airways.
NHS advice is to stay at home if you have either:
A high temperature (this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
A new, continuous cough (defined as coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
What does lockdown mean?
The coronavirus outbreak has sent the United Kingdom into lockdown, with pubs, restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, gyms, theatres, cinemas and schools all asked to close on Friday, March 20th 2020.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked members of the public to start working from home "where they possibly can". Tube stations on the London Underground have also closed in an attempt to curb the spread of Covid-19 in London.
An emergency Coronavirus Bill was published on Thursday, March 19th 2020 which would give the Government the power to close down premises and stop people entering as well as detain people to be tested for the virus, then force them to isolate for 14 days or face a £1,000 fine.