Ever since the pandemic has hit us, human life has undergone significant changes. The most prominent of them all is probably how we have started to take extra care of our health and safety, more consciously than before. From using sanitizers every now and then to using a face mask while stepping out of the house, safety practices have turned into our daily habits.
Not just in the private space of your being but also in the public space, some basic health practices are now deemed mandatory. Starting from a temperature check before entering shopping malls to regular sanitization of escape rooms and offices, many such measures are being adopted today to battle this raging fight against the pandemic.
With the gradual opening up of educational centers, offices, and shopping malls, we are again trying to go back to our bygone days of normalcy. But this shift to a ‘normal life’ after the prolonged pandemic period is not as easy. Even though the detrimental effects of Covid-19 have subsided, we must continue to follow certain health practices for our benefit.
In this article, we will look at how health and safety practices need to be continued even in the post-pandemic era.
Health and safety precautions that you can take even after the pandemic
Probably one of the most vital health and safety practices that the pandemic made us learn is to keep our hands clean. Simply using soap and water to clean your hands for about 20 seconds is enough. It becomes especially vital to wash your hands if you have been in a public place for long or have sneezed or coughed.
Even though you might tend to use hand sanitizers more often, washing your hands with soap is a much better practice. Washing your hands with soap helps you to get rid of germs and other organic dirt. Studies show that hand washing is a much more effective method to get rid of germs than using hand sanitizers.
Ensure that you do not touch your mouth, eyes, or nose while you are in public. Most germs and infections tend to spread by these organs. Hence, it is better that you avoid touching them, at least when you are in a public space.
If you need to touch these parts of your body, make sure to wash your hands properly with soap before making contact.
Whenever you step outside your home, you need to adopt certain necessary health precautions to stay away from diseases. Yet another important health practice that can keep you safe is ensuring that you do not touch anything unless necessary.
Starting from door handles elevator buttons to even payment terminals, do not touch anything unless you cannot go without it. Furthermore, after you have touched any such object, make sure to wash your hands with soap or at least sanitize it.
When someone is sick, make sure to maintain a proper distance from them. You never know what kind of disease someone is suffering from. Therefore, it is essential that you avoid as much direct contact with them as possible to keep yourself safe.
Wearing a face mask whenever you are stepping out of your home is probably the top-most health practice that we have adopted since the pandemic. And even after the pandemic, you must continue wearing a face mask while going outside. It keeps your mouth and nose properly covered, hence preventing the entry of harmful germs easily into your body.
While wearing a face mask, it is also crucial to check if the mask fits right on your face. Wearing too loose or too tight a mask is not going to be of any use. Instead, ensure that your face mask sits comfortably on your face. Disposing of your masks after a certain time is also an important practice, as you cannot go on using the same mask for eternity.
Much like coming in contact with a sick person is not advisable, similarly, going outdoors while you are sick is also not permissible. Unless you need to go out for your doctor’s appointment or to buy medicines, you should stay at home and get sufficient rest.
When you are sick, your body remains prone to catching other diseases too. Thus, by going out, you would only be making your body more ill than before. Being sick due to any contagious disease makes it necessary for you to stay at home get sufficient rest.
By going out during this time, you would only be spreading your disease to others. Instead, by staying at home, taking your medicines on time, and giving your body the necessary rest that it yearns for, you can become healthy in no time!
Even after the pandemic, it is important to maintain social distancing. You must remember that even though public spaces have all opened up, the coronavirus has not gotten completely erased from the world. Getting sick from the virus is still common.
Considering the risk of the spread of Covid-19, it is better that you continue to maintain some distance in the public spaces. Maintaining social distancing becomes all the more essential when it comes to concerts, public events, or festivals.
Regular cleaning of your clothes and bedsheets with proper detergents is essential. Avoid shaking your dirty laundry to reduce the chances of dispensing any germs in the air. Using warm water to clean your clothes and drying them properly are essential steps in the cleaning process.
Once you are done with your laundry, make sure that you wash your hands with soap properly. Other than just doing your laundry, keeping your laundry bag or hamper clean is also equally vital.
Remember that if you are sick, chances are, your family would also fall sick once they come in contact with you. Thus, ensuring your health while you are outside your home is extremely important to ensure the health of your loved ones. So, even though the pandemic seems to be ebbing away, keep on following these few basic health and safety practices to live a better quality of life.