10 Ways To Avoid The 2nd Wave of Covid-19. A month ago, president Cyril Ramaphosa announced that, the country will be moving to Level 1 lockdown. Many were happy for the news, because it meant less restrictions and more freedom. Unfortunately since this level, there has been an increased number of infections and deaths.
Just because restrictions are easing does not mean you should let your guard down. The threat of a second wave is very serious, and could cost people their lives and economic well-being. The best thing that we can do right now is prevent infections, stalling this off as long as possible until a vaccine is available.
The best way to know if you have the virus is for you to go test. Testing, will show if someone actively has the virus or has been exposed to it. If you are positive, isolate yourself until you are healthy. If you test negative, continue doing everything to stay safe.
2. Continue Practicing Hand Hygiene
Wash your hands, as you did before, when we were in lockdown level 5. Wash your hands regularly, for at least 20 seconds. If you’re unable to do this, carry anti-bacterial hand sanitizer and apply this regularly instead. Avoid touching your face at all cost, more so with unclean hands.
Some people need some encouragement to do right. As well as practicing your own personal hygiene, you should encourage others to follow suit. Don’t be afraid to speak up if someone you know is breaching some important personal hygiene practices. You are simply helping them and others.
4. Wear Your Mask
Continue wearing your mask, when you go out in public, even outdoors. If everybody just had a mask on we would dramatically cut transmission. Wearing a face mask not only helps you to avoid infections, but can also help those who are asymptomatic from accidentally spreading the virus to the vulnerable.
5. Invest In Your Own Protective Kit
Do this, particularly if you are traveling to and from work on public transport. Check local guidelines and do what feels right for you. Remember that if you do choose to wear protective equipment you should wash your hands before and after use.
6. Avoid Personal Contact
Kissing, hugging, shaking of hands and so forth should be stopped if possible. The moment you get in contact with an infected person, chances are high that you will also contract the virus. It has nothing to be anti-social, but rather the new normal.
7. Work From Home if You Can
Working from home is another factor that will help to reduce a second wave of infections. If you’re not leaving the house, you’re less likely into contact with infected people or surfaces. Kindly ask your employer to allow you to continue to work from home if it is possible to do so.
8. Avoid Crowded Places
Social distancing is one way a person can protect themselves from getting infected. Protect yourself now from a higher risk of infection by avoiding crowded places, particularly those locations where it is not easy to keep social distancing of at least one metre.
9. Stay Safe When Out Having Fun
Remember that awareness of and adherence to social distancing is likely to reduce as people start to relax, have fun or consume alcohol. It’s therefore important that if you do go out you are vigilant of others around you and ensure you stay safe.
10. Host Virtual Events
We live in a digital world. Gone are the days when you had to be physically present at an event, to enjoy the fun. You can still be part of an event by connecting via apps like Zoom. Many people have held award ceremonies, attended weddings and funerals, virtually.