As the nation is ready to lift stringent lockdown and adapt to a ‘new normal’, social distancing continues to be a key precautionary measure against the deadly coronavirus infection. While the authorities are doing their best to ensure that food and other supply chains are running smoothly amid the global crisis. Citizens are also equally responsible to protect themselves from COVID-19 while grocery shopping or going out to public places. It is our responsibility to make sure that the guidelines set by health authorities are followed for our own good.
The government is leaving no stone unturned to prevent the citizens from the virus and therefore they are doing their best to keep us well-informed. Now with the beginning of unlock 2.0 we get ready to resume work, travel, go shopping and more. But be it lockdown or no lockdown, it is now essential that we adapt ourselves to our new way of life that includes wearing masks and gloves whenever we step out, carry a sanitiser wherever we go and use it to disinfect our hands, sanitise our cars and the surfaces that we touch including our mobile phones on a regular basis, wear a different set of footwear when we step out and leave it outside before we step indoors, change our clothes and wash them each time we come in from outside, wash our hands and feet when we come back home, wash and disinfect groceries, food packets or anything that get delivered from outside and maintain safe physical distance from each other.
Here are few tips that you can bring into practice as we step in this new normal world.
Avoid physical contacts
The virus is known to spread from person-to-person between people within six feet of each other, through respiratory droplets when a person with the virus sneezes or coughs. Social (Physical) distancing is one of the must practice to be followed. Prefer saying Namaste rather than handshakes. Avoid contact with anyone who is unwell or showing symptoms COVID-19 symptoms.
Wear a Mask
Consider the mask and gloves as a new exciting accessory. Regular and widespread use of face masks in social settings will undoubtedly help control the spread of the virus, as the virus transmission is mainly airborne. If u are wearing a reusable mask, make sure you wash and sanitise it before using it again.
Many of us have started going to the office, especially those who aren’t in the red zone. Some workplaces have started operating with employees coming in a staggered manner; though all workplaces are taking every precaution to protect the employees from any possible harm, yet the fear of getting infected remains. Here are certain basic things that must be maintained at a workplace.
• It is very important to maintain social distancing .
• Surfaces like desks and tables and objects that are regularly touched need to be wiped and disinfected regularly.
• Sanitising hand rub dispensers must be put in prominent places around the workplace and the dispensers must be refilled at regular intervals.
• Posters promoting hand washing and respiratory hygiene must be displayed in public.
• Face masks and paper tissues must be made available at the workplace.
• Employees with flu-like symptoms must be given immediate leave and must be asked to remain at home.
Wear a face cover and gloves if you travel in public transport. If possible, use a digital wallet to make all payments instead of dealing cash. Wash your hands as soon as you reach home or office. Travel only when necessary.
Despite what all the government and authorities are doing, our safety is in our hand. Life may not be as normal as before, but all life matters. Stay safe stay healthy.