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Covid-19: 3 Items You Want to Carry When Resuming Pre-Pandemic Activities

India is in the midst of reopening, and you may start resuming some of your pre-pandemic activities during COVID-19 It’s not possible to completely eliminate your risk of contracting the novel coronavirus, but you can reduce your chances of getting sick. Government of India released guidelines to help you reduce the risk of spreading and contracting COVID-19 whenever you leave the house.

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One of the best ways to avoid getting sick—or infecting others—is by having three simple items whenever you go out in public: a face mask, tissues, and hand sanitizer, according to the WHO. Here’s what you should know about using all three:

Why you should wear a face mask to prevent COVID-19

The use of masks in China, Italy, and New York City, significantly reduced the number of COVID-19 infections, according to study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers found that masks reduced the number of infections in New York City by 66,000 between April 17 to May 9.

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Why you need to keep tissues on-hand to protect against COVID-19

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Sometimes, wearing a mask may not be possible—like when you’re eating or drinking in public. The WHO recommends using a tissue to sneeze or cough when you’re not wearing a face cover. Dispose of used tissues immediately and be sure to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after sneezing and blowing your nose.

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Tissues may also provide a protective barrier when you can’t avoid touching surfaces, says Karen Hoffmann, R.N., infection prevention specialist at the University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine in Chapel Hill.

“Carry a pack of single-use tissues,” Hoffman tells Consumer Reports. “You can use these to open a door or grab a handrail.”

Why you need to check the ingredients on your hand sanitizer

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By now, you probably know that hand sanitizer should be used only when you can’t wash your hands. However, you should check the label to ensure the product meets the WHO recommendations for preventing the novel coronavirus. The GOI advises choosing a product made with at least 60 percent ethanol or 70 percent to effectively protect against the virus.

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WHO advice for protecting yourself and others from the spread COVID-19

You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
  • Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and others. Why? When someone coughs, sneezes, or speaks they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person has the disease.
  • Avoid going to crowded places. Why? Where people come together in crowds, you are more likely to come into close contact with someone that has COIVD-19 and it is more difficult to maintain physical distance of 1 metre (3 feet).
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and infect you.
  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately and wash your hands. Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

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  • Stay home and self-isolate even with minor symptoms such as cough, headache, mild fever, until you recover. Have someone bring you supplies. If you need to leave your house, wear a mask to avoid infecting others. Why? Avoiding contact with others will protect them from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
  • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention, but call by telephone in advance if possible and follow the directions of your local health authority. Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
  • Keep up to date on the latest information from trusted sources, such as WHO or your local and national health authorities. Why? Local and national authorities are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

WHO Advice on the safe use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers

To protect yourself and others against COVID-19, clean your hands frequently and thoroughly. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wash your hands with soap and water. If you use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, make sure you use and store it carefully.

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  • Keep alcohol-based hand sanitizers out of children’s reach. Teach them how to apply the sanitizer and monitor its use.
  • Apply a coin-sized amount on your hands. There is no need to use a large amount of the product.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose immediately after using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, as it can cause irritation.
  • Hand sanitizers recommended to protect against COVID-19 are alcohol-based and therefore can be flammable. Do not use before handling fire or cooking.
  • Under no circumstance, drink or let children swallow an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. It can be poisonous. 
  • Remember that washing your hands with soap and water is also effective against COVID-19.

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2 Comments
  1. Hey, it’s Lyn Martin. I am a tourist from Netherlands. In the month of Oct’19 I visited India. Your India is really very beautiful place – The beauty of Taj Mahal, Shimla- Queen of hill station, Jaisalmer – A golden city of India. It was such a mesmerizing experience. Well, usually I don’t comment on blogs but this is really amazing! COVID19, a pandemic, which affected whole world badly. It’s really important to take precautions after resuming pre-pandemic activities. And by creating awareness through your blog you are doing great job. Stay home. Stay safe. Good luck

    • I am glad you like it. Indeed, Indian culture and traditions are something which has now become renowned all across the world. We all refer to India and its culture as something very diverse and unique. There are many awe-inspiring destinations in India that showcase the beauty and wonder of this vast, complex, and spiritual country. During this pandemic situation, it’s really important for us to Stay Home and Stay safe.

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