Amidst the alarming second wave, we continue to learn more about how to live with the coronavirus and about ways to safeguard ourselves against this deadly infection. There are more reasons to be afraid, as the new strains can be highly infectious and spread easily, while studies also disclose that there is a higher chance of reinfection with new strains.
The fact is viruses by nature are said to mutate as they grow. However, the biggest concern right now is the manner in which coronavirus is spreading. We do realize that simple, negligent measures can contribute to the spread of infection. The viruses also peak when people become careless and restrictions fail to work.
Prevention is still the best strategy against COVID-19, right now the need of the hour what we can do for our health is to get vaccinated.
Recent studies have highlighted that double masking is an effective measure to cut down your risk of catching infections, especially if you are exposing yourself to a high-risk place.
Moreover, if you need to visit a hospital or a crowded place, wearing one mask over the other can be a better option. If you cannot wear double masks, at least remember to use a mask that has two or three layers in it.
It is also essential to check for the type, quality, and fit of the mask, when going out, wear a comfortably fitted mask covering your nose and mouth well, which prevents entry of germs.
Now it is recommended by Centre for Disease Control (CDC) that all people 2 years and older should wear masks in public places.
Disinfection And Hand Hygiene
Practicing good hand hygiene and thoroughly disinfecting surroundings regularly can be the simplest measures to fight against the pandemic.
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer often, especially in these situations
Before eating or preparing food
Before touching your face
After using the restroom
After leaving a public place
After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
After touching your mask
After changing a diaper
After attending to someone sick
After touching animals or pets
Use hand sanitizers with 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.
Lower The Size Of The Social Bubble
Experts suggest as an alternative is to rethink and lower the size of your social bubble – people with whom you come in frequent contact and the ones you get exposed to on a daily basis. Remember, each person you would meet outside your bubble would be a source of you getting COVID-19 and this would also make contact tracing a difficult task.
Social distancing norms should be adhered to wisely, whenever you go out or leave your safe zone. Any small gatherings preventive rules should be followed during engagements.
Vaccines are a key tool that will help people across the globe in averting a repeat peak of the virus. While it also supports attain herd immunity closer and also lessens the severity of the infection.
Get the COVID-19 shot as soon as it is available to you. This is the only way to minimize the risk of infection from the COVID strains, old or new.
Monitor Your Health
Watch for symptoms like fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
Check your temperature if symptoms develop. Don’t monitor temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that would lower body temperature.