With the onset of the global pandemic, we need to take extra precautions for ourselves and for the community we live in. We are aware of the impact of ‘COVID-19’, and we know that prevention is better than cure. There are some basic prescribed precautionary measures that you can, as a member of community, implement and encourage others to adopt.
1. Frequent Sanitation:
Keep your community and your homes well equipped with soaps, hand sanitizers and tissue paper. Spread the awareness about this epidemic to your neighbours, children and house help. Sanitize your homes and workspaces with hospital grade antiseptics at regular intervals. The best way to protect yourself is by frequently cleaning your hands. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap or use any hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, ears and face with unwashed hands, as these act as a safe passage for the virus.
2. Practicing respiratory hygiene:
Try not to cough or sneeze into your hands. Instead, you can cough into the crease of your elbow or use tissues to cover your mouth. Proper disposal of these tissue after use is a must. Sanitize your hands with hand sanitizer, if soap and water isn’t immediately available. By following a good respiratory hygiene, you not only protect yourself but also the people around you.
3. Disinfect your surroundings:
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, like door handles, phones, washrooms, faucets and light switches. It helps in maintaining a hygienic and healthy surrounding. Raise this awareness in your community so that everyone practices these safety precautions.
4. Take steps to protect others:
This is the time when you can individually contribute to the community. Maintain a distance of at least 1 metre from others and practice social distancing. Wear a mask if you think you are unwell or if someone in your home is unwell, as it acts as a barrier against the contaminated droplets carrying the virus. Rest and stay at home, unless you need absolute medical help, this way you protect yourself as well as people close to you.
In this time of dire need and stress, make sure you focus on the positive side. Given the current scenario, schools, colleges and administrative offices have been shut, including offices where work from home has been advised. This is an opportunity to reconnect with yourself and your family. In these difficult times, utilize it to rejuvenate and de-stress, enjoy a hearty meal with your family at home and reconnect over conversations. As we practice these preventive measures individually to decrease the spread of ‘COVID-19’, we contribute to the safety of our community, one step at a time.
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