None of us has ever imagined that a tiny virus could change everything and influence our lives to such a great extent. For the well-being of the citizens and to eradicate COVID-19, the Government had imposed a lockdown for 70 days and it implemented different versions of it to save people from this deadly virus. It was an attempt to create proper awareness about the pandemic situation but the virus already dug its roots deep in our country.
It’s impossible to continue to implement lockdown for 365 days at a stretch. Until now, the Government took all possible safety measures but now, it’s in our hands to follow safety precautions after lockdown. We may not eliminate coronavirus all of a sudden but we can certainly avoid it.
Here are some of the best ways to limit your exposure and stay safe while outdoors.
1. Social distancing
This practice has already become quite popular and common among people. It is estimated that the deaths due to COVID-19 could increase to 55% if social distancing is not practised. 85% of COVID-19 cases went undetected because of mild symptoms or being asymptotic. In a few cases, coronavirus is so unpredictable that professionals also failed in sensing whether a person was infected with this virus or not without testing. Maintaining at least 6 feet distance between you and another person will save several individuals from being affected. One person may not stop the spread of the virus but they will certainly slow down the process.
2. Mask to prevent COVID-19
Wearing a mask does not just save us from the coronavirus but also various other respiratory infections that travel through the air. These protective masks are categorized into three types.
- Surgical masks: These masks are generally worn by medical staff in hospitals but the question is how useful is it in preventing ‘coronavirus’? These masks contain minute pores to filter the air in and out and protect the wearer’s nose and mouth from liquid particles like saliva, sprays, etc. Surgical masks’ limitation is that these masks block large particles but small particles might manage to enter inside the mask. Some people also face shortness of breath while wearing this mask.
- N-95 masks: Unlike surgical masks, N-95 masks provide maximum protection by filtering out both large and small particles and there is an attached tiny chamber containing valves which act as respirator but still, a few countries do not permit the usage of these masks to prevent COVID-19 as there is risk in wearer spreading out the disease because the exhaled air coming out of the valves is unfiltered.
- Cloth masks: Cloth masks are available in the market or can be DIY-ed. Cloth masks provide very good protection and are recommended by experts as they prevent the wearer from both spreading and getting infected. But for the masks to be effective, the fabric of the cloth mask should be layered with multiple sheets in order to reduce the risks. Cloth masks are easily washable and reusable.
There are a few things to be taken care of while wearing a mask.
- Wash your mask regularly.
- Do not touch the exposed portion of the mask. If accidentally touched, wash or sanitize your hands immediately.
- Cover your nose and mouth completely using the mask.
- Make sure your mask properly fits over your face.
3. Cleaning your hands at regular intervals
We do clean our hands regularly with hand wash gel, sanitizer or antibacterial wipes but the question arises ‘How to clean our hands in a way that it is actually free from germs?’ Our hands act as a host for various germs since they come in contact with many surfaces and we tend to touch our face frequently. So here is how you can clean them properly. Firstly wet your hands with water and lather your hands thoroughly, then scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Make you sure you clean your hands regularly every now and then. Where there is no water, applying sanitizer also helps because it contains 60% alcohol which is enough to kill harmful bacteria.
4. Avoid public or shared transport
As our offices start opening up again, many of us are faced with the challenge of finding a safe way to travel back to work. If you don’t have your own private vehicle, then you might be dependent on public transport like bus, metro or local trains. You might also be using shared cab services. However, due to COVID-19, these methods of transport are not very safe. Since you will be travelling in a closed space and coming into contact with many common surfaces, there’s a high chance of transmission. If you’re not ready for the investment of buying your own vehicle, then the best alternative is to rent a scooter. Scooter rental services like Bounce offer daily, monthly and long-term rental options, giving you the independence of having your own vehicle without the financial burden. The scooters are also sanitized before use, making them one of the safest ways to travel.
Safety precautions after lockdown at public places
Desks at the workplace should be kept apart and if it is an open office, barriers should be built to avoid any physical contact between the employees. Limit on-table meetings and substitute them with video-conferences and microphones.
In a digitally-run world, online shopping is the best option for all shopaholics out there. If we cannot avoid going out then follow all the safety precautions.
If tours, parties, potlucks, tea parties, community gatherings, foreign trips, cinema, events like weddings, housewarming could put your health at risk, it is better to avoid them because nothing is more important than your life. If you do go out then make sure you leave outdoor clothes outside in the sun to naturally disinfect them. Do not wear jewelry, bracelets, rings or any other metallic items because they catch the virus quickly and get contaminated quickly.
The following points should also be followed to stay healthy:
- Enhance the immune system by adopting healthy food habits.
- Body exercises like yoga and meditation can keep you active
- Provide your body with a vitamin C supplement which contains potent antioxidants.
- Consume less outside food or even better, sacrifice fried and fast foods.
- Follow a balanced diet containing vegetables, milk products, healthy fruits and clarified butter.
- Maintain good personal hygiene
What cannot be cured must be endured. Act smart and take wise decisions. We must start following all the precautions after lockdown when outdoors, travel through contactless commute and continue to stay positive.