Being stuck in quarantine is difficult no matter the circumstances, but adding small children to the equation creates a special set of challenges. “Dancing With the Stars” couple Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy understand this all too well. They are stuck at home with their three-year-old son, and opening up to Entertainment Tonight about how things are going.
“The big plus is that we have the family time, like all the time now, which is incredible,” Murgatroyd said. But they admitted that once their son goes to bed, they’re both exhausted and usually fall asleep watching Netflix.
“We’re trying. We’re doing our best, everybody’s figuring it out,” Chmerkovskiy added. “We rely so much on outside help, it’s crazy, so this is a good time for people to reconnect as families and figure this out. Be together and know how to spend that time.”
Not being able to go to the gym has also been tough for them.
“But with the gyms being closed and everything, like, we love to work out. We love to get that exercise every single day to keep our minds active, to get up and wake up feeling good.”
But they’ve adjusted by doing workouts at home or in their courtyard.
“You don’t really need anything else but your body weight,” Murgatroyd said. “When we do our workout sessions, we don’t use any weights, nothing like that, because we know people can’t necessarily get a hold of that stuff [right now].”
Heath officials are urging people to remain in their homes as much as possible and avoid all social gatherings. Additionally, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.