It’s not surprising, virtually everyone in the world is expecting an end to the coronavirus pandemic after weeks of quarantine, advisory, and mandatory stay-at-home orders.
As to when life can go back to normal still remains a mystery to the whole world as nations, states and towns have resorted to staying at home to aid contain the spread of the coronavirus. Living without handshakes, parties, hugs, and traveling is making most of us restless.
It’s important to recall this is a new area for everybody and there’s much we still don’t know about the long-term actions of this specific coronavirus strain even as the first signs of easing are starting to play out throughout the world.
It is at the discretion of governments and organizations to have their own tempo for reintegrating and going back to their usual business, as well as taking a phased approach that bit by bit eases some measures while keeping an eye fixed out for spikes in new COVID-19 cases.
According to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his April 11 daily press conference, “The worst that can happen is that we make a misstep and let our emotions get ahead of the facts, and we have to go through this again”.
We have to agree that our usual lifestyle won’t return to “normal” all at once. While we cannot know surely what is going to or won’t be allowed until those measures arrive, there are some common-sense codes that we do not see departure any time soon.
Don’t throw a party or hit the bars
Why throw a party when social distancing measures are being taken to reduce the rate of spread of viral transmission from people that inherit close contact?
Hosting a celebration reception or gathering into a bar once they reopen will congest people together in a room, giving any remaining coronavirus on an asymptomatic host the primary chance to pass on the virus to others, who then could pass it along. It’s best to keep in remembrance that the virus is highly contagious.
Social gatherings and get together are at all times an opportunity that an asymptomatic person can spread the virus unintentionally … But to anyone out there that would like to join together and just have that dinner party for 20 – please put it on hold for now.
Don’t stop washing your hands or using sanitizers
In my part of the world, there is a saying that goes ‘’African germs are friendly’’ which is used to please our conscience anytime we want to avoid washing our hands especially before eating. It is critical at this particular time to practice common hygiene and keeping in mind that relaxed restrictions won’t automatically mean that the coronavirus outbreak is a thing of the past, even after a vaccine is finally obtained.
There could also be economic motives for schools and businesses to reopen, while the virus continues to spread, although at slower rates than today. The need to keep hospitals from being overwhelmed with patients in serious condition and reduce your risk for contracting the coronavirus is the main reason for the handwashing and stay at home orders given.
Hopefully, the great hand-washing habits you’ve acquired during this point will stick around, including longer, more thorough washing, and more frequently after coming into contact with people and common surfaces. Do not also neglect the use of hand sanitizers where running water is not readily available.
Don’t immediately visit high-risk people
There’s nothing I’d rather do when quarantine ends than leap out and provide the senior citizens and immune-compromised friends in my life an enormous, warm hug which may not be the best move for them. Quarantine measures are likely to loosen before the vaccine is gotten which will help safeguard people most in danger if they do acquire COVID-19.
Although timely vaccine testing is in progress, an approved vaccine remains thought to be a year out, at the very least. This does not necessarily mean you will not see your loved ones throughout the year.
Antibody testing may be a promising method in development at the moment that would be ready to tell you if you’ve already been exposed to the coronavirus. It is rather unfortunate we’re not at the stage where this test which isn’t yet available can confirm immunity.
For people that are in high-risk groups, sticking to a healthy distance should be the simplest means to keep them safe. That’s something you and your family ought to carefully assess.
Don’t plan any outside vacation yet
Just like most of us, I’ve already begun a mental list of each place within the world I would like to go to once restrictions lift. I don’t know about you but I have already revised it to local gems, sort of a hiking trail and therefore the beach, activities that are off the menu where I live. Like me, you will have to possess a touch of patience.
While I expect that hotel and airfare prices are going to be attractively cheap when nonessential travel is first deemed acceptable again, it does well to recollect mingling is almost impossible to avoid in airports and airplanes which is one main reason flights are canceled and international travel effectively banned in many countries.
The international movement of individuals contributed to the coronavirus reaching pandemic proportions so speedily, through person-to-person transmission like coughing and sneezing. If a recurrence were to happen, the last item you would like is that the trouble of finding yourself quarantined in an unacquainted country, without a clear or fast way home.
Don’t through away the nose masks
I have no intention of scaring you but as a worldwide society, we cannot predict what is going to happen next — if an unexpected surge in new coronavirus cases will make it necessary to reinstitute quarantine measures, as went on in Singapore and Hong Kong, or, worse if a replacement strain arises.
When the time comes, the smart thing to adopt is to stay cautiously hopeful about regaining your freedom to move, but remain realistic that we do not know what tomorrow holds. It is, therefore, necessary to keep those homemade face masks in easy reach.
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.