Life post lockdown and the 'new normal'
Updated: Aug 5, 2020
As we move towards unlock, the need for precautions increases. Even post lockdown, we must get used to the 'new normal' as it can be a long time before things start reverting to how they were. However, there are also chances that things may never go back to how they were before and we may have to continue with this new way of living. While essential services have been open throughout the lockdown, it can get especially tough for these requirements to be met post lockdown, when the demand is predicted to outweigh the supply.
As people struggle with offices reopening, resumption of public transport in heavily crowded cities still seems like a huge risk. Hence the government recommends leaving the house only if it is an absolute necessity. If you need to leave your house in any case, necessary precautions must be taken. Following are the guidelines released by the CDC
Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place. Alternatively, you can use 60% alcohol sanitizer if water and soap are not readily available.
Keep a minimum distance of 6 feet from other people. Avoid crowded places and mass gatherings.
Cover your face
Use face masks/coverings at all times when going out. A simple cloth mask can also prevent the spread of the disease up to a certain limit. However, masks like the N-95 are only meant for healthcare professionals and should not be used by the common public due to shortage.
Cover coughs and sneezes
Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
Disinfect & Clean
Clean & disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily especially things like smartphones, keys, tables, etc
Monitor Your Health
Be alert for symptoms. Start taking your temperature in case you feel the symptoms developing. Seek medical help if symptoms worsen.
For detailed guidelines please visit cdc.gov
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