Numerous health protocols were placed since the beginning of the pandemic that drastically changed the lives of many individuals. These health protocols were designed to protect people from the virus. But after two years since the start of the pandemic, the world is slowly starting to adapt to this new normal and is starting to heal. Despite the world’s healing, we will never be able to fully go back to what once the world was, meaning, there are certain health protocols that might stay post-pandemic.
The virus stays on surfaces and can spread through contact. So, it would be a no-brainer that everyone should learn to disinfect high-touch surfaces like your doorknobs, countertops, light switches, phones, sinks, toilets, and more at least once a week for homes and every day for businesses. Disinfecting frequently will help to kill any bacteria and viruses. Make sure to use strong disinfectants and don’t mix other disinfectants with one another. You can also use a Far-UV light to disinfect.
Just like when you’re disinfecting high-touch surfaces, make sure that you’re also washing and sanitizing your hands frequently since you touch and hold things that may have bacteria. Wash your hands with soap and water frequently, especially after touching or holding a high-touch surface or object. If you don’t have access to water and soap, you can use alcohol to disinfect your hands. But remember, using soap and water is one of the best ways in disinfecting your hands.
Wearing a face mask does not only help you but also the people around you. There are a lot of particles in the air that can be inhaled. So, using a face mask will help to prevent inhaling those particles. Also, wearing face masks when you’re sick will help prevent you from spreading the bacteria when you cough or sneeze (Take note: never go out of the house if you’re sick).
When you’re inside your home, try to avoid close contact with anyone who is sick, or better yet, quarantine the person who is sick to make sure they don’t spread the virus. But when you’re outdoors, stay at least a few feet away, especially if you’re a high-risk person. Another thing when you’re outdoors is to try staying out of poorly ventilated areas.
Getting tested if you’re sick or not even sick is another way to help prevent the spread of the virus. A positive test result, whatever the test type, indicates that you have a virus and that you must quarantine and tell your close contacts to minimize transmitting the virus to others. If you’re hesitant to get tested in a hospital, COVID-19 self-tests are one of many risk-reduction strategies that safeguard you and others by minimizing the likelihood of COVID-19 spreading, such as immunization, masking, and isolation.
Always protect yourself and others in order to prevent another surge. Let’s all help each other to help the world heal from the past years’ circumstances.