How to Stay Safe From COVID-19 After Lockdown
How to Stay Safe from COVID-19 After Lockdown
As lockdowns are easing down and many countries are reopening their economies, staying safe is still a priority for you and your family. While this reopening has caused a lot of debate amongst politicians and everyone on social media, it helps to follow specific guidelines to do our best to flatten the curve as we return to work or pursue non-essential activities.
Positive Benefits of Reopening the Economy
Many businesses and workers are feeling the pinch of the lockdowns. Many are left with no safety-net in their income and are at a loss as to what to do. Now that the economy is reopening in some sectors, it’s essential to look at the positives of this reopening.
- Employees will be able to go back to work. The lockdown affected worker’s finances and health. A reopened economy will help many get back on their feet.
- Everyone’s mental health will see an improvement. One of the side effects of the lockdown was that many people saw a rise in mental health-related issues.
- Keeping robust workplace health and safety standards going will help workers return to work in safety.
- Individuals will be able to freely visit friends and family more as more sectors open up. This can mean seeing more people, having dinner out or taking in a movie.
Staying Safe as the Economy Reopens
While reopening the economy has its benefits, it will also leave people open for infection from COVID-19. There are, however, ways to make your time out in public safe as you traverse this freshly opened economy. Relying on personal responsibility can create some conflicts between a buyer and a business, so it’s important to know what you can do to alleviate this while still staying safe.
Critical Factors to Staying Safe
- Social distancing is the most obvious factor. The further you are apart, the safer you should be.
- Timing is another crucial factor that works with social distancing. When you decide to go out and how long you are near, someone can be just as important as distance.
- Ventilation is another consideration. Outside has the least amount of risk, but when you enter a store or your workplace, this changes considerably. Wearing a mask, especially indoors, will help lower your risk of passing on COVID-19.
- Commute by walking, riding, or taking your car if possible, as they are the safest options. If you use public transit, wear a mask, and carry hand sanitizer with you. Avoid touching your face as there are a lot of germs associated with public transit.
- If a store is too busy to practice social distancing, it may be best to go back at an earlier or later time to avoid the masses. Many businesses are limiting the number of people they let in, and some require the use of a mask.
- Always wash your hands. This is the best way to deal with COVID-19.
As you see different sectors of the economy reopening, keep in mind that COVID-19 is still out there. Wear personal protective gear like masks and keep some hand sanitizer on you at all times in case washing your hands isn’t an option.