People are getting sick of staying inside. Many polls are indicating that people are no more ready to support social distancing norms. Many surveys and cellphone data indicate that people have started coming out of their homes. Almost all the states are compelled to reopen industries to give a boost to the dwindling economies.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
For the last three months, people have been going by the thumb rule of evading the spread of coronavirus – stay home and evade interaction with person you don’t stay with. Talking about the vaccine, experts have indicated that it is still months or may be year(s) away. In such a scenario, it is necessary to find a new approach to get people stay safe during Covid-19. The approach is supposed to be based on harm reduction.
It is right that staying home all the time would be the best idea for people. But after three months, it won’t be feasible for everyone to follow the suite. So, it’s better to bring ideas to reduce the harm to them. Moreover, it is next to impossible for lapses no to take place. As states have begun reopening, many more will require leaving their homes for jobs. Watching this, a number of people will start following the trend because they are fed up of being tied to their home even if that’s at the cost of their own health.
Until there’s a vaccine, the virus is going to be with us. People have to find their own ways to live with the virus. On the basis of their own risk tolerance, the ways are going to be different for each individual.
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We are going to talk about some measures which will help mitigate the risk of coronavirus:
1) Stick to the outdoors
People leaving their homes consistently get a piece of advice from experts. Experts recommend that if something could be done outdoors in place of indoors, you should definitely do it outdoors. The coronavirus is found to spread by means of airborne droplets and droplets that land of surfaces. People come in contact with these droplets without their knowledge. Staying outdoors help reduce the spread of virus in various ways. First of all, the open air would make it tough for airborne droplets to reach other people. Apart from this, it’s easier to maintain distance from people while being outside compare to inside.
2) Follow good hygiene practices
One of the most important things is to wash your hands frequently. Moreover, you should refrain from touching your face. Both the points become vital when you frequently remain outside. Going by the studies, it has been found that the virus can survive on varied surfaces for hours or days. When you touch your face after touching those surfaces, you can end up getting the virus in your eyes, nose or mouth. Chances are you might be infected soon.
3) Wear a mask
It is recommended to wear masks when people go out. They can wear a surgical or medical mask if they have one else they can get a cloth one too. Every major institution recommends wearing masks in public settings where other social distancing measures are tough to maintain. This becomes vital in regions of substantial community-based transmission. In some cases, experts and government mandates wearing a mask in any setting outside your home as long as the pandemic continues.
4) Stay away from crowded settings
Throughout this pandemic, one of the common pieces of advice has been to maintain a distance of one mitre or more from people you don’t live with. The nearer you are to someone, the probability of them shedding their coronavirus all over you increases.
Think of skipping the crowded restaurant if you are going out to eat. Similarly, look for a place without too many people around when going to a park or beach. Refrain yourself from inviting a whole lot of people while hosting an event. Try to stay at least one mitre away and avoid hugs, handshakes and kisses when meeting with friends or family.
5) Avoid shared surfaces
One of the ways to minimize the coronavirus risk is by evading shared surfaces as much as you can. In case you go outdoors, avoid surfaces touched by different people. Those surfaces could be anything such as benches, slides or swings, etc. Still if you wish to use them, you must wipe them down. If you are compelled to use public transportation or go inside someone else’s building, make sure to minimize the space you are going to touch. Apart from this, if you are going to meet with people you don’t stay with, make sure to avoid sharing things such as drinks, food, toys, etc.
6) Minimize trips outside the home as much as possible
One way to minimize coronavirus risk is to minimize all your trips. With every venture outside, you are making yourself more vulnerable to the virus. You can bring essentials in one single day for the entire month so that you don’t have to go out again. Similarly, minimize your chances of going out.
7) Make a “closed circle” with specific friends or family
These can be lonely and monotonous days, more so, if you are single and living alone. Some experts have come out with a solution to this problem. You can make a closed circle with a friend or family member. In the circle, two people or a group acquiesce to hang out personally but refrain from contact with everyone else.
8) If you’re in an especially at-risk group, be extra careful
Certain sections of society are more prone to the coronavirus. Some chronic conditions, including diabetes, asthma, liver disease, and obesity appear to increase the risk of complexities and death due to Covid-19. People who are older, more so 65+, are at higher risk of coronavirus spread. So, the point is those who are more prone to coronavirus risk should take more care of themselves.