As India begins to embrace the ‘new normal’, many of us are left wondering what to do next and how to stay safe after the unlock. Should we still remain indoors at all times, or is some amount of social interaction allowed?
As much as we would like to give you a direct answer, the reality is that there is no right or wrong decision here. You need to evaluate what is best for you & the wellbeing of your loved ones.
While staying home helps the fight against the virus, it is can also affect several aspects of your health and wellbeing. Therefore, you need to create your own personalised safety guide for the new normal – one that keeps you safe and healthy at the same time.
Let’s look at some pointers that can help you in this regard.
The novel coronavirus affects certain people a lot more than others. Individuals who are 60+ years in age, overweight, or have any other underlying conditions (Comorbities) such as heart disease, diabetes, or respiratory illnesses are considered vulnerable and at high risk to COVID-19.
Therefore, if you tick any of these boxes or suffer from any comorbidity, you need to be more concerned about going out in public than someone who is young and has zero underlying medical conditions.
In the same breath, heading out to exercise, meet a loved one or simply to get the groceries is also important, and unavoidable in certain circumstances. So, what do you do then? Well, that leads us to point number #2.
The world might be opening, but we need to remember that the Virus is still at large. And, to stay safe, we need to continue following all the basic COVID-19 safety guidelines that have been in place for the last few months. These include:
You can also carry a hand sanitizer with you in case you step out. This will allow you to disinfect yourself every time you come in contact with outsides surfaces, handle money, or interact with someone.
One should also avoid crowded locations & any large gatherings. If you do have to venture out, make sure you shower as soon as you get back home and toss all your clothes into the washer.
The phased Unlock has seen more and more businesses open their offices. This means that you might soon have to bid adieu to working from home and get back to your pre-quarantine routine.
Getting out of the house and seeing your co-workers after so many months might seem like a welcome change, but it is important that you do not let your guard down.
In fact, you need to up your personal hygiene game & ensure the virus doesn’t come home with you after a hard day at work – here are some ways you can do this:
Your immune system is your last line of defence against the novel coronavirus. If you have a strong natural resistance, you should be able to fend of COVID-19 with ease.
However, if you have poor immunity levels and fall sick often, then it is time you strengthen your body’s defences. Here are some simple ways to do this while preparing for the new normal:
Wash your hands regularly, avoid crowded places, maintain social distancing – the physical safety measures for COVID-19 are well-discussed and known to almost everyone! However, on the flip side, very little has been said about mental wellbeing and how to stay positive during these challenging times.
Sure, the on-going Unlock ushers in new hope – it is great to see the country slowly open up once again and restore some sort of normalcy to our lives. But, at the same time, it is important to remember that there’s still a long way to go before things go back to normal again.
And until then, we need to pay special attention to our state of mind & mental wellbeing. Here are some ways to do this:
It has become evident over time that it might be impossible to stay indoors until a cure is found or a vaccine is developed. Instead, we need to learn how to live with the virus, face it and overcome it. We hope the information mentioned here will help you in preparing for the new normal.
Pro tip: To stay better prepared, you can get yourself a good health insurance policy that covers the expenses that might arise out of COVID-19. This will act as a safety net and reduce the financial impact of the virus.
In the meanwhile, stay safe, stay healthy and stay happy!
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