Covid-19 had triggered the globe’s worst crisis in decades. It is still sending shockwaves across health systems, economies, and society across the world. In the face of an unprecedented crisis, governments are still concentrating their efforts on controlling the disease and rebuilding their economies. Omicron is becoming dominant in the United States and Europe, out-competing delta at an unprecedented rate. Omicron is the most contagious variant. People need to take care of themselves by taking necessary precautions to prevent themselves from infections and diseases.
However, every country dealt with it in its own way. Some countries immediately established pandemic-response plans. It helped them reduce the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. Whereas others failed to move quickly enough, and their healthcare systems collapsed. For instance, the US and UK healthcare systems failed to manage the pandemic effectively. Whereas, Australia and New Zealand managed it quite well. The Australian government has delivered on its COVID-19 commitment with successful actions, policies, and leadership practices. The government-built trust with citizens and made data-driven decisions. In New Zealand, locking down early and aiming for elimination worked amazingly well. Government, however, cannot do it all alone.
As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure
Wash your hands
Following a public restroom visit, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds afterward. Washing your hands is vital especially before you eat, touch your face, or use something personal. In the absence of soap and water, you can also use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol. Make sure that your hands are completely dry. Touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands should be avoided.
Ensure that you clean and disinfect
Clean high-touch surfaces regularly or whenever necessary, particularly if you have visitors. It includes countertops, handles, sinks, switches, desks, phones, faucets, toilets, and tables. In addition, disinfect commonly touched surfaces if someone in your home is ill or tested positive for COVID-19. To prepare surfaces for disinfection, clean them with detergent or soap and running water.
Keep a distance and Say no to crowded and poorly ventilated places
Diseases are more likely to spread in busy locations like restaurants, pubs, fitness centers, and movie theaters. As far as possible, avoid interior locations. Stay away from places that do not provide fresh air from the outdoors. Opening windows and doors is an effective way to let fresh air into the house. Also, avoid coming into close contact with sick people at your home. If possible, keep the sick person 6 feet away from other family members. When it comes to you, remember that despite the lack of symptoms, you could still contract the infection. Therefore, avoid being too close to others, especially if you are seriously ill.
Have Doubt? Get tested
COVID-19 testing can provide people with information about their risk of spreading the virus. Testing identifies who is infected with the virus. There are many types of tests. The Molecular test or the PCR test entails swabbing mucus from the back of your throat or deep within your nose. Rapid testing also involves swabbing, although it does not require laboratory equipment. You can just do it at your home and isolate yourself accordingly. Repeating the exam with a gap of at least 24 hours between each one will boost your confidence.
Vaccination plays a significant role in controlling the virus and the diseases. Thus, the CDC-approved COVID-19 vaccine may provide you with some protection. Vaccinate yourself as soon as possible against COVID-19. Vaccination may allow you to resume some activities that you had put on hold due to the pandemic.
Masks protect you and others
Wearing a face mask can help reduce the spread of infection. It also reduces the transmission of infectious germs through the air. As a result of coughing, talking, or sneezing, viruses are released into the air, causing people nearby to become infected. Therefore, as part of an infection control strategy, face masks prevent cross-contamination. Wearing a double mask reduces aerosol exposure from coughing more effectively than using a cloth mask or a surgical mask alone. Therefore, you should wear double masks to reduce the chances of getting infected. You must wear a mask to stay protected. Make sure that you are not wearing ill-fitted masks.
Coughing and sneezing should be covered
You can sneeze or cough into your mask. You should put on a fresh, clean mask as soon as possible and wash your hands. If you are without a mask, you should cover your mouth and nose with tissues. You can also cover your mouth inside of your elbow when coughing or sneezing. Also, make sure you do not spit. Dump used tissues in the garbage. Do not delay in washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. You can clean your hands with a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if you do not have access to soap and water.
Keep an eye on your health every day
Pay attention to the signs and symptoms. There are several symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. As soon as symptoms appear, you should take your temperature. Also, follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control if symptoms appear. Keep an eye on your symptoms when you are doing errands, going to the office, or working in other situations where keeping a physical distance of 6 feet is not possible.
Sharing your personal items is not a good idea
You can spread infectious agents via razors, towels, toothbrushes, handkerchiefs, and nail clippers. Sharing is not caring when it comes to transmitting infection. Remember to keep your belongings to yourself. Also, regularly remind children not to share certain things with others.
Overcome the crisis
These few changes will go a long way towards preventing a variety of common infections, not just coronavirus. If you have COVID-19-like symptoms and have traveled to a foreign country or have been in close contact with someone who has confirmed the infection, you should consult a doctor. Practice social distancing and wear proper-fitted masks. During the pandemic, the risk level for COVID-19 will change. Therefore, the rules and regulations regarding the current coronavirus outbreak will change as well. It is vital to follow them all. Take all the precautions and keep yourself and your family safe.