The beginning of 2020 started with numerous governments taking action to decrease the spread of a virus called Covid-19. This involved implementing rules that promoted lockdowns and social restrictions.
After being locked down for several months, places are slowly starting to reopen. However, just because several public places are becoming accessible again doesn’t mean that it is already safe.
Covid-19 is a highly contagious virus that has morphed into a pandemic. As of June, over 9 million people have caught the life-threatening disease and there has not been a confirmed vaccine for it yet.
This article will help inform you about safety precautions and allow you to set your expectations for the days to come.
How Is Covid-19 Spread?
Covid-19 is described as a virus, which means that it can multiply within the living cells of a host. It is spread from person to person that is in close contact with each other, or less than 6 feet apart.
The virus transfers onto surfaces through an infected person’s respiratory droplets. These droplets are released by coughing, talking, or sneezing. You may get infected by touching these contaminated surfaces and proceeding to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Adjustments to Daily Life
Until the virus is finally controlled, you should consider taking the following adjustments:
Continue Practicing Good Hygiene
Although water alone is capable of getting rid of any visual grime, it isn’t powerful enough to get rid of viruses and bacteria that stick into the crevices of our fingerprints.
Soap helps to remove these particles by using the mechanical and chemical intervention.
Wear Your Mask
Known as the iconic symbol of the coronavirus era, the face mask permits people to go out in public. Face masks act as a barrier for respiratory droplets. They also prevent people from touching their nose and mouth.
Though wearing masks may not be required in some places, it is a sign of mutual respect for other people in your community.
Increase in Online Activities
Because people are not able to socialize in person, they spend most of their time online. According to Statista, online traffic has increased by 60.7% since the internet serves as the source for almost everything.
(Example: Netflix can be a substitute for the movie theaters, and Amazon can substitute for the mall.)
Although the internet protects people from spreading coronavirus, it still makes you prone to digital viruses.
You should always double-check that the information you are sharing about the virus should come from a trusted source. Many fake articles are spreading around social media, partially because people are quick to believe the news.
Become Aware of Your Surroundings
Many congested jails have released some of their inmates (with minor cases) to prevent the spread of the virus. Nonetheless, you should always be alert. Here are some safety measures you can follow:
- Always keep your doors and windows locked.
- Never share your exact location online.
- Hide your valuables in a secure location.
Check on Your Mental Health
Setting yourself at a distance from the rest of the world can be mentally draining. Quarantine tends to act on three factors of mental health, known as:
To take care of your mental health while staying isolated. You should maintain a schedule. This will keep you busy with activities for the rest of the day and will encourage a positive mentality.
Communicate with your family members and check-in to see how they’re doing. Remember that everyone deals with situations differently.
Hold Out Hope
Even though it seems like this year is filled with negative events, you must hold onto hope. Quarantine has taught many people about the value of things they take for granted, such as family, friends, jobs, and their homes. Take this time to appreciate everything you have.
It is also important that you stay informed with the news, but not overwhelmed. Continue to educate yourself and your loved ones to become a part of the change. The more people comply, the lesser the outbreak will be.
As General Antonio Guterres, the secretary-general of the United Nations, once said, “What the world needs is solidarity. With solidarity, we can defeat the virus and build a better world.”
For further information about Covid-19, please visit the World Health Organization’s website at https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus#tab=tab_1.
You can also donate to non-profit organizations, such as Feeding America and Doctors without Borders to help out those who have been affected by the pandemic.