Constructing a Holding Area for Quarantine Purposes

Creating a Quarantine Area Cover
Sick needing quarantine
There may be a need for isolation

Introduction to Quarantine

Covid has certainly brought the concern of an outbreak to the mainstream, however the concept of a sickroom or quarantine setup in the home has been around for a long time. Those of us who exercise a prepared lifestyle typically have a plan in place for a scenario where a family member becomes contagious and how to deal with it. Below we’ll walk through setting up a quarantine location. Ideally it is not part of your main house, however it can be tailored to if needed and you just adjust accordingly for the sickroom.

If a person in your family ends up being ill, it might be necessary to put them alone into quarantine. Certainly, you wish to look after your loved ones, yet you additionally intend to lessen the chance of infecting individuals who are not ill.

Quarantine Location Considerations

Garage for quarantine
A detached garage apartment is an ideal setup

If you have an R.V. (recreational vehicle), a tool shed, cabana or garage apartment, separated garage, or guest cottage, you’ll have a simple time converting it right into a quarantine location. You’ll begin by cleaning out the area to allow quarters for those who are sick and sealing off any exits as well as windows with plastic tarps or sheeting as well as duct tape.

Stop Accidental Exposure

Signage for Quarantine
Utilize signage to minimize accidental exposure to the unknowing

You’ll also wish to develop an indicator that lets everybody know this location is for quarantine. This should be posted outside the door and in other potential entrances. This will aid in reducing the possibility of accidental exposure to the contagion you’re trying to isolate.

Set Up a Quarantine Wash Station

Portable Wash Station
You can make or purchase a portable wash station

Next off, you need to develop a sanitation point just beyond the quarantine space to ensure that you can dawn protective supplies, deal with contaminated supplies, as well as wash your hands. This will greatly help lessen direct exposure for individuals in charge of caring for the ill in quarantine.

Improvising a Quarantine Holding Area

If you do not have a ready-made location such as above already in place, you do have other choices. One choice would be to place a tent well outside of your home. Preferably a good 3-5 meters from the home exterior. 

Tent for quaantine
Improvise if needed

For a camping tent, you’ll have to try as best you can to seal areas, yet understand it’s not possible to completely seal it off. The concept, though, is that you have produced a different area. In the case of most illnesses, really close contact is required to pass the contagion.

Communication Betwen Parties

Comms for quarantine
Ensure a good communication system is in place

Regardless of the structure that you utilize, communication is going to be essential between the ill and the caretakers. The easiest system is a set of walkie-talkies that enable you to communicate without being in the exact same space, of course, cell phones also work well.

Supplying the Sick

Supply drop for quarantine
Create a supply system

If those in quarantine are able to take care of their requirements for sustenance and sanitation, you’ll wish to provide plenty of products in the quarantine location for them. Otherwise, you’ll need to produce a system to supply what’s required while ensuring you’re using proper protective gear and staying clear of exposure.

As soon as you understand that a pandemic is feasible, start to prepare these locations. When a person is currently infected, it could be already too late to get every little thing set up. If you’re currently prepared, you can care for any person that is contaminated immediately and reduce exposure to others.

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Shane Blevins

Modern Warrior Project Co-Founder

As a 20-year Army Special Operations veteran with numerous deployments and extensive S.E.R.E. and Personnel Recovery expertise, he is a respected leader and trainer with extensive experience in planning and executing high risk, low visibility evolutions in volatile and austere areas across the globe. He is married to Jennifer Blevins of Beaumont, Texas and is the father of five.

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