How to keep yourself and your loved ones safe in the new normal
A virus has drastically changed the world that we knew. Country after country has seen a terrible trajectory in how the novel corona virus has impacted it. The pandemic has led to stringent shutdowns and has forced people to remain confined in their houses. While most countries around the world have seen cases of Covid-19 and many are still experiencing outbreaks, a few countries have succeeded in slowing the rate of infection. Authorities in India have finally unlocked the economic standstill even as cases in the country continue to rise with more testing happening. It is believed that the novel corona virus is not going anywhere anytime soon. Thus, people must bring changes in their lifestyles which will be in sync with what is being called the “new normal”. While hand-washing has been a conventional method of cleaning our hands, the use of hand sanitizer gel and alcohol-based pocket sanitizer sprays will come handy, literally, as people begin to move out of the protection of their homes.
According to World Health Organization, here’s what you can do to stay safe:
- The WHO recommends that we clean our hands regularly. While washing hands with soap and water is effective against Covid-19 viruses, it is not always readily available. Thus, the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel or hand sanitizer spray will kill the viruses that may be on your hands. Add a coin-sized drop of hand sanitizer gel on your palms and rub them for at least 20-30 seconds to kill disease-causing germs.
- It is important to maintain social distance. When a person coughs, sneezes or speaks, he or she releases tiny liquid droplets in the air which may contain the novel corona virus. It is crucial that we maintain a distance of at least a metre with another person in order to protect ourself from contracting the Covid-19 virus.
- Always wear a mask in public. As enunciated in the above point, masks provide you with a higher level of protection as the chances of liquid droplets reaching your face are reduced. It also discourages you to unnecessarily touch your face which may lead to infection.
- This is the time to take respiratory etiquette very seriously. This means covering your nose and mouth with your elbow and the inside of your arm to protect those around you against any infection. If you sneeze into a tissue, make sure that you dispose it off and sanitize your hands right away to prevent the spread of Covid-19 or other flu viruses.
- Avoid crowded spaces. You are more likely to get infected in a crowded space as following social distancing is rather difficult there and you may come in close contact with someone who has the Covid-19 virus. But if it is all necessary to be in such a space, wear a mask at all costs and regularly apply hand sanitizer gel on your hands to stay protected.