10 Smart Ways To Control The Spread of Covid-19 During the 3rd Wave of Infections. The Covid-19 virus has struck several countries in similar wave-like pattern with each subsequent wave deadlier than the previous one. South Africa is sadly among those countries, and things are going from bad to worse.
Hospitals are overwhelmed by the third wave of Covid-19 and urgent and decisive measures are needed to support. Government and health authorities can only help provide us with necessary resources to treat the infection, but prevention lies in the hands of the people themselves.
We know that it is human behavior that causes such waves. These waves are not coming to us, but rather they are originating from us because we do not listen to the advice about protecting ourselves. Disease transmission can be halted by changes in human behavior. We will not see a devastating third wave if we collectively act responsibly.
Try as much as you can to live by the following preventative measures to protect yourself and those around you.
1. Wash and Sanitize Your Hands Regularly
The virus can latch on to the objects or surfaces. While the virus has the ability to linger on for a while, you may come in contact with the contaminated surfaces and may get infected by the same. Therefore, it is important to wash and sanitize your hands regularly. Do not forget to disinfect the frequently touched surfaces and objects and maintain a healthy hygiene.
2. Wear Your Masks at All times
This can never be over emphasized. Masks are a key measure to suppress transmission and save lives. In areas where the virus is circulating, masks should be worn when you’re in crowded settings, where you can’t be at least 1 metre from others, and in rooms with poor or unknown ventilation. Depending on the type, masks can be used for either protection of healthy persons or to prevent onward transmission.
3. Stop Sharing
Even though you may usually steal a bite from your kid’s plate or share a dessert with a friend or spouse, now is the time to be selfish with your food. Don’t share any common kitchen objects such as dishes, drinking glasses, utensils, cups, and, of course, food with anyone, even the people in your home.
4. Clean “high-touch” Surfaces Regularly
It’s still unknown if COVID-19 can spread from hard surfaces to people or how long it may live outside the human body. Take extra caution and clean high-touch surfaces like tables, doorknobs, light switches, desks, toilets, faucets, and sinks with household disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface.
5. Practice Social Distancing All The Time
Maintaining a 6 feet of distance from one another is of utmost importance and can help in preventing the spread of the deadly virus. This not only protects us from symptomatic and sick people, but also ensures that we are not infected by people who suffer with no symptoms and are silent carriers. Apart from that, if you feel you are sick with COVID-19, avoid going near anyone, especially the most vulnerable.
6. Avoid Large Gatherings
The second wave of infections in the country were fueled to a large extent by large gatherings of large concentrations of people, like the rage festivals and nightclubs where social distancing is impossible. Try by all means to avoid crowded, indoor gatherings since they are the most likely to become super spreader events.
7. Stay At Home
During such times, when the virus is everywhere, it is important that you stay home and avoid going out frequently. As much as you would want to believe so, no one is immune to the virus. Therefore, step out of your homes only when there is an emergency. Stay home. Stay safe and keep others safe
8. Open All Windows
Studies have also suggested that COVID-19 is more transmissible indoors than outdoors. Which is why it is important to ensure a good ventilation system. This should also be practiced when you are in public transport. Yes, we are in the middle of winter, but it is also smart that we adhere to every prevention measure.
9. Look Out For Common Symptoms
You must watch out for certain symptoms and signs of COVID-19 that could in turn suggest the next step to treatment. There have been many different and varied ranges of symptoms and while the list continues to increase and expand, the most common symptoms remain to be the same. At such times of chaos and conflict, it is crucial to note the most classic symptoms of COVID-19, so as to detect the virus at an early stage.
10. Isolate If You Have The Symptoms
In case, you experience the symptoms mentioned about, isolate yourself and avoid coming in contact with anyone, at home or outside. Schedule a test and home-quarantine yourself until the result comes out as negative.