You should not hope that life will immediately return to its former course.
We all wait until the moment when we can hug friends, have a party or go on a trip. But do not rush. Although in the world lockdowns are ending, the situation is still serious. The death toll every day is still measured in thousands. We still do not know much about coronavirus and do not have a vaccine.
Whatever rules you enter in your area, use common sense. Here’s what you definitely shouldn’t do.
1. Have A Party Or Go To A Bar
Social distance measures have been introduced for a reason: they slow down the spread of the virus from person to person. A big party or gatherings in a crowded bar is a lot of contacts, so better stay at home. If at least one of those present is a SARS ‑ CoV ‑ 2 carrier, he can transfer it to everyone else.
“I want to remind you again: this is a very contagious virus. At social events and meetings, there is always a risk that an asymptomatic carrier will unknowingly become the spread of the disease, ”
“Everyone who wants to pack up and have a party for 20 people, wait for now.”President Trump with Coronavirus Task Force Briefing Deborah Birks, White House Coronavirus Coordinator
2. Stop Washing Hands
Even when restrictions are loosened, it will not mean that the coronavirus is over. Many organizations and stores will have to be reopened for economic reasons, although the virus will still spread, albeit more slowly than now.
Remember that the goal of self-isolation and other preventive measures is to avoid crowded hospitals and overloading the healthcare system. So let the habit of washing your hands longer and more thoroughly remains with you. This is always important, especially after contact with a large number of people and surfaces in public places.
3. Immediately Visit People At High Risk
Surely you would like to see the elderly relatives as soon as possible, but do not rush with this. There will be no vaccine for a long time, and for people at risk, distancing is still the best way to protect them. Before you go to them, think carefully about whether you really need this visit.
4. Start A Big Trip
When travel is allowed again, hotel and ticket prices are likely to be attractively low. But do not forget that at airports and train stations you will be in close proximity to a large number of people, which means that the risk of infection will greatly increase.
Even if you yourself do not get sick, you can spread the virus to the place where you arrive. In this way he swept the whole world. If a new outbreak occurs, you are unlikely to want to be stuck in a foreign country or some remote corner from which it is not clear how to get out.
5. Throw Away Masks
In the future, a new outbreak of coronavirus or even some completely new infection may await us. So reusable masks are definitely not worth throwing out. When travel restrictions are loosened, it is best to combine optimism with realism. Use freedom, but do not give up precautions.
Important Tips To Help You Reduce The Risk Of Infection On Any Trip
The World Health Organization and the American Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that you stay home and not go anywhere until the epidemic is over.
However, if the trip cannot be postponed in any way, then in this case they also have a recommendation that will reduce the risk of infection. Here are the main ones.
- On trains and planes, take the same steps as in other public places – avoid close contact with other people and wear a mask on your face.
- Since it is unlikely that you will be able to wash the mask, buy a few disposable ones and change them periodically.
- Clean your hands as often as possible. Take with you a sufficient amount of alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol). It is not as effective as hand washing, but it is better than nothing. Remember that you need to grind the brush for at least 30 seconds.
- It is especially important to wash your hands after using the toilet, before eating, after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
Try not to touch anything with your hands, especially handles, buttons and switches. Do not touch the face – eyes, nose, and mouth. Touch surrounding objects as little as possible.
Try to keep a distance with other people. If possible, choose a way of traveling to be less in contact with anyone. Ideally, drive alone, so the risk is minimal.
If you feel that you want to sneeze or cough, do it right- by covering your mouth and nose with your elbow or disposable towel, which should be immediately thrown into a garbage container.
Disinfect surfaces that people often touch, such as the armrests of seats in public transport, door handles in hotels, various buttons, and so on.
So, Stay Home, Stay Safe Everyone!