COVID-19 has affected our lives in one way or another. For the majority of us, the pandemic has caused nothing but harm. Many of us have been through financial troubles, psychological issues, and, unfortunately, the loss of loved ones. The last global pandemic we had was the Spanish flu a century ago. If we compare with Spanish flu, we are in a better position to deal with this pandemic. Without the awareness we have raised so far, the virus could have spread even further and faster and take even more lives.
Modern technology and the media have given us the chance to raise awareness and convey safety measures during this uncertain time. Think back 100 years ago and imagine how confusing things would have been when everyone was suddenly falling sick. There was no awareness and, undoubtedly, no channel of communication to spread preventive measures.
Since we live in an era where we have a swift conveyance of messages and content, below are some health and safety measures you can take during and after the pandemic.
Here’s take a look:
1. WASH OR SANITIZE HANDS
It is best if you washed your hands frequently. The first defense line in the fight against COVID ensures that it does not get into our hands. A tip that you should be following now as well as when you consider your healthcare in 2021. Soap acts as a destructive force towards the fatty layer of the virus. It kills the top layer of it, which prevents the disease from spreading. Soap works even better than hand sanitizer in most cases; therefore, it should be our first preventive measure.
If there is no water available, keeping hand sanitizer with you at all times is a significant way to ensure that the virus doesn’t spread from your hands. The alcohol in hand sanitizer is not as effective as soap; however, it is necessary to consider it an alternative option. Therefore, please consider this as an alternative to washing your hands if you don’t have soap and water.
2. CONSUMING VITAMINS
The South-East Asian and Middle East countries have staggeringly low COVID contractions rates compared to the West. This phenomenon baffled doctors and scientists for the past few months. Recent theories suggest that one of the primary reasons people in the East are less susceptible to the virus is that they have stronger immunity than those in the West.
To strengthen your immunity against foreign bodies affecting your health, consider taking multi-vitamins as part of your daily diet. With a range of minerals and vitamins in your body, you will be creating a fighting chance for yourself against the virus. Vitamins don’t only need to be consumed exclusively during the pandemic; even after it passes, it would be wise to continue them to ensure you are healthy at all times.
3. PRACTISING SOCIAL DISTANCE
If there is one thing which we should be taking away from this pandemic, it is the fact that viruses can spread rapidly. Perhaps we should be wary of how fast the common cold is transmitted. After the pandemic is over, it would be wise for us to continue to practice social distancing to some extent to make sure that COVID is finally gone and as a measure for safety prevention from other diseases.
The majority of us can’t wait for the virus to leave us. Most of us are patiently waiting to catch word of when the vaccine is ready and mass-produced every day. COVID-19 has shocked the world in a way that we never anticipated. Now that we have seen the damage such a virus can do, we need to be cautious even after it passes.
Safety measures, even after the pandemic, should be implemented as much as possible. Masks should be a pre-requisite for nearly every social interaction. The chances are there that the virus will re-occur even after the vaccine makers mass-produced the formula. Masks are and should be of paramount importance in the future as well.
The health of humanity indeed lies in our hands. We need to take proactive safety measures to ensure that we prevent further spread now and in 2021.