Most of us are impatiently waiting for the lockdown to come to an end, counting down the days until we can hug friends or jump into a plane. Well, it is better to continue taking the necessary precautions, as life will not suddenly return back to what it was, after the lockdown ends. The risk of contracting the disease is sill out there. Here are a few things not to do. And we are talking long-time behavior adjustment…
SUDDENLY PLAN A VACATION
We’ve all done mental lists of all the places we want to visit once restrictions lift, but let’s not forget that it was only the movement of people from one country to another which led to such a worldwide spread of the disease. Even if the lockdown rules are relaxed, try not to plan a family vacation for a few months. It is better to organize your holidays at home and be safe, rather than vacationing and putting everyone at risk. Say no to #intermingling !
STOP WASHING YOUR HANDS
If COVID-19 has taught us a great habit, it is that of the punctual and frequent washing of hands ! Practicing hand hygiene can not only prevent the spread of coronavirus, but it can also keep several other diseases at large. Even if we end up winning the fight over the coronavirus, keep this good habit.
PARTY IN CLUBS OR BARS
You might be dying to meet your friends and just go out and chill at some café or party at a club, and that is very natural. However, all you party freaks out there should know that visiting crowded places is an open invitation to the infection. You should know that cases of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients have increased, and therefore, the spread of the disease as well. Better to stay put for a while and avoid meeting your friends. Your loved ones are at risk.
GO TO THE GYM WITHOUT AWARENESS
Think twice before you grab your bottle of water and lace up your shoes. You’ll have to decide for yourself if you think it’s safe to return to the gym so soon. Enclosed areas where people breathe the same recirculated air for long periods of times are at high risk. Even if you sanitize the equipment between use, fitness centers are ripe for exchanging germs. They will have to severely limit the number of users at a time and how long they can work out, as well as impose face masks and all types of safety measures.
TOSS OUT YOUR FACE MASKS
As the saying goes, “Better safe than sorry”, the best option at this point is to still use masks in public. There is absolutely no harm in using your masks whenever you leave the house, from now on, just like you will keep washing your hands or practicing social distancing, in order to prevent yourself, or others, from getting sick. Precaution is the key.
STOP RESPIRATORY HYGIENE IN PUBLIC PLACES
It is always a bad habit to cough or sneeze in public, as droplets is what has led to such a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases worldwide. It is recommended to maintain your respiratory hygiene when around other people: cover your mouth with a tissue, or cough and sneeze in your folded arm.
THROW A HOME PARTY OR GATHERING
Once again, with a large number of asymptomatic cases, you might actually never know who is infected and who is not. And while some will remain with no symptoms or mild ones, it may not be the case for you if you are infected, neither for your loved ones at home. Even if the lockdown ends, it is better to continue practicing social distancing. Don’t throw parties at home, do not try to assemble family or friends for big dinners.
VISIT HIGH-RISK PEOPLE THAT YOU HAVEN’T SEEN FOR LONG
There’s nothing that most of us would rather do than rush out and visit our older parents to give them a big, warm hug… But that might not be the best move for them. Even if lockdown measures loosen up, we still have to protect those at higher risk. And given that an approved vaccine won’t be out before at least a year, the only healthy step to take is to keep the distance.