Normalcy are beginning to set – in around the world as countries begin to ease lockdown restrictions.
With the easing of lockdown order, Businesses are reopening, same with markets, banks and other major public places. Transport buses will again be congested with passengers, hence the risk of becoming seriously ill from contracting the corona virus will be inevitable. This no doubt will continue until access to the cure or vaccine for the virus becomes accessible in close — door pharmacy stores.
There are currently more than 3.3 million confirmed cases of the corona virus infections around the world and over a thousand cases in Nigeria.
At Healthy health consult, we know that staying healthy is priority this season, hence it’s necessary to highlight healthy measures we can take when leaving the house after this lockdown, since the novel corona virus is highly contagious and can be passed along through cough, sneezing or by those who are asymptomatic to the disease. It is important one should be at alert and take precautions.
Here are 10 health tips when leaving the house after the lockdown
1. Wear a Face mask
The NCDC recommends everyone to wear face mask when leaving the house and when in public places where you can’t maintain physical distance of 2 meters. The face masks are believed to provide a degree of protection against getting sick from Covid-19 and helps to cover the nose and mouth as they are high entry point of the virus.
2. Maintain Physical distancing
The NCDC recommends that a physical distance of 2 meters between you and others when you go out in public places. Physical distance extends to places such as grocery store, ATM stands, bank or walk lanes. Some carriers of Corona virus are asymptomatic, hence can transmit the virus when they are close to you.
3. Wash Your Hands Always
You never know where you touch with your hands, hence it is always advisable to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 second or use alcohol based hand sanitizers frequently. Always walk about your activities with hand sanitizer in your bags.
4. Don’t Go on Long Journeys.
The point of the lockdown is to keep you from acquiring the virus or transmitting the virus if you have it. Don’t see the easing of the lockdown as an opportunity to travel to visit friends or places, you never know where you get the virus.
5. Wear Hand gloves
If you will be touching with your fingertips door handles, buttons and ATMs, always wear gloves as you may likely touch your face after that.
6. Watch Where You Place Your Phones
You don’t have to put your Phones down on shared surfaces, especially at banks when filling out the teller or paying for takeouts at the restaurants or grocery stores. Always disinfect your phone with wipes.
7. Avoid Hugging
Most of us cherish the urge to hug, touch people we know or love. But the fact is you don’t know their covid-19 status, resist the urge to hug, if you must, air hug, blow a kiss or tap elbows.
8. Don’t Neglect Your Car
Always clean your car with disinfectant when you come back from work or errands especially if you share it with others. Person — to — person is the common method of transmission of the virus.
9. Carry Extra Napkins
Carrying extra napkins, tissues or disinfecting wipes is paramount this period, as you might want to Cough or sneeze. Always sneeze or cough into your curved elbow.
10. Don’t Get Too Comfortable
With the easing of lockdown, don’t get carried away. It is important to remember that the corona virus pandemic isn’t over yet as globally the number of cases continue to rise daily. The fact that the lockdown restrictions has been lifted, doesn’t mean you can’t get the virus or pass it to someone.