Coronavirus is still out there, are you keeping safe?

The pandemic has informed us that even though it’s not going anywhere, we can always fight it by keeping safe in the little way we can.

This article is a little reminder on how to continue keeping safe even though vaccines are being distributed.

How to keep you and others safe from COVID-19

  • Keep social distance (make sure you keep a  minimum of the 1-metre distance between yourself and others) to curtail the risk of virus when anyone coughs, sneezes or speaks.
  • Make sure you keep an even greater space between yourself and others

Indoors

  • Ensure your facemasks are properly used, stored, cleaned, or disposed of to make them as effective as they should be.

Here is a procedure for the proper wearing of a mask:

  1. Wash your hands before putting your facemask on, as well as after you take it off, or after you touch it at any time.
  2. When wearing your facemask, make sure it covers your nose, mouth, and chin.
  3. When taking off your facemask, store it in a clean plastic bag, and ensure you either wash it or throw it in a trash bin if it is a medical mask
  4. Don’t use masks that have valves.

Making your environment safer for you and others.

Avoid the 3Cs:

These are spaces that are closed, crowded, or involve close contact.

  • Outbreaks often occur in public places like your favourite restaurants, choir practices, fitness classes, nightclubs, offices, and even places of worship where people have gathered
  • It can also occur in crowded indoor settings where there is a lot of loud talking, shouting, breathing heavily, or singing.
  • The chances of getting COVID-19 are higher in packed and inadequately ventilated spaces where infected people spend a long duration of time together nearby. These settings are where the virus appears to spread by respiratory droplets or aerosols more efficiently, so taking into cognizance all necessary safeguards is even more important.
  • Ensure all your meetings are carried out outside. Outdoor gatherings are safer than indoor ones, especially if the indoor meeting spaces are small and without outdoor ventilation coming in.
  • Take the following precautions in case there is a need for the indoor gathering:
  1. Open a window to increase the amount of ‘natural ventilation’ when indoors.
  2. Wear a mask properly

Ensure you maintain the basics of good hygiene

  1. Every day thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or ensure they are washed with soap and water. This will help in tje elimination of germs including viruses that may be on your hands.
  2. Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth. When your hand touches many surfaces, it can pick up viruses. Once it is contaminated, your hands can transmit the virus to your eyes, nose, or mouth. From there, the virus can gain access to your body and infect you.
  3. Make sure you close your mouth and nose with your elbow bent or a tissue whenever you want to cough or sneeze. Then make sure your used tissue is thrown immediately into a closed bin and wash your hands immediately after. Make sure people around you also do this.
  4. Ensure you clean and disinfect surfaces frequently especially those which are regularly touched, such as door handles, faucets, and phone screens.

Remember that by carrying out necessary measures, you would not only be considering the safety of yourself, family, friends, and people around you but also the Safety of health care workersby reducing the number of infected.

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