Essential habits and practices in these times of the Pandemic

By July 1, 2020 LifeStyle

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A few things seem very clear now. The COVID 19 pandemic has had a far reaching impact across the globe. The cases seem to be rising globally and the number of casualties are not giving any comfort. And with no widely accepted cure and no usable vaccination in the near future, it’s a given that we have live with and survive the virus. Surely all of you have been practising habits and routines that are helping you stay safe. Even then, it’s still useful to be reminded about what practices you should follow or avoid to ensure that you stay well and safe. Check out the list of dos and donts in the article below. Team RetyrSmart

Essential habits and practices in these times of the Pandemic

Change the way you greet: No more handshakes and hugs

This one is a no-brainer. In a bid to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, it is important to practice social distancing and this includes novel ways of greeting each other. You can try anything from the good old namaste, the wave, awkward but cute elbow bumps to even the innovate foot shake (greeting each other by quick right and left kick on the feet). When you change the tangible ways of greetings, you drastically cut down your chances of transmitting the infection.

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Social distancing is the new normal

Let’s be honest. Even as the government has relaxed the lockdown norms, it is not the time to start hanging out with your friends and catch up for ‘lost time.’ It is important to keep a minimum distance of at least 6 feet (2 Gaj) from other people at all times, even when you are sitting in your office/ meeting people you are not quarantined with. Remember, even if your immune system is strong enough to battle the virus, you may pass it onto a more vulnerable person.

Wear face-cover or face mask while stepping out

This is non-negotiable. We need to understand that the contagion is spread by the infectious droplets which are ejected from the mouth and nose of the person as he/she coughs, speaks, sneezes, laughs etc. Wearing a reusable cloth cover or mask not only prevents the infected person from spreading the infection, but it also provides a certain degree of protection to the wearer.

Keep your hands off your face at all times

We have a tendency to touch our eyes, nose and mouth without putting much thought. This is why it is important to consciously avoid the same as our hands pick up a lot of germs and pathogens. When you touch your face, you can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth resulting in infection.

​Be mindful of your coughs and sneezes

As COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, make sure to cover your mouth properly with a tissue paper or the inside of your elbows as you sneeze or cough. It is important to sanitize your hands or wash them thoroughly afterwards and discard the used tissue properly.

Washing and sanitizing your hands is very important

We cannot stress enough on the importance of washing our hands frequently and thoroughly in order to get rid of any bacteria or viruses that we may have picked inadvertently. In the absence of soap and water, one should use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

​​Cleaning and disinfection should be your new mantra

From wipes to heavy-duty chemical disinfectants, you can use a variety of cleaners and disinfectants to maintain good hygiene in and around your home. Ensure that you wear gloves during cleaning and sanitizing process.

It is not the time to take a summer vacation: Avoid unnecessary travelling

Even as the government has opened the lockdown with some reasonable restrictions, one needs to understand that we are still very much battling the pandemic. So, try to stay indoors to keep yourself and your family safe and step outside only when it is absolutely necessary.

​Fight the disease, not the patient

As a society, one of the ways we will be able to defeat this disease is by being empathetic to those battling coronavirus infection and offering whatever help we can to them and their families in these testing times. COVID-19 patients and their families are facing enormous discrimination currently, making their battle even more difficult. Let’s start by becoming more compassionate towards the patients, all the while being mindful of social distancing. From cooking them a meal, offering to run their errands to even monetary help, we can all do our bit.

No crowded places or social gatherings

Remember, unnecessary travelling to crowded places leads to an increased risk of COVID-19 transmission. Instead, try connecting virtually with your loved ones and keep them safe.

Be mindful of what you are posting on social media

We are living in scary circumstances, where unverified and false claims related to the disease can spread further panic. Do not circulate unverified messages through any means of communication.

​Seek information about coronavirus from reliable sources

The most credible source for COVID-19 information is the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s website.

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