With COVID-19 pandemic spreading fast and anywhere in the world, the virus has become a part of our lives. Each day, we use masks and sanitizers and practise social distancing. In this context it becomes imperative to discard certain habits which had almost become part of our culture. Any lapse in this regard could pose severe health risks to onself and society.
Instead of shaking hands or hugging to greet people, fold your hands together in the ‘namaste’ pose. Moreover, stay at least one metre away from the person whom you are wishing.
Carry your own umbrella
With the rainy season all set to begin, never forget to carry your own umbrella. The old habit of borrowing somebody’s umbrella has to be avoided to check the spread of the disease.
Danger at ATMs, PoS machines
As several people use the ATMs and PoS machines, the chances of virus spread are high. To prevent infection, sanitize your hands before as well as after using these facilities.
Avoid door handles
The door handles at public places and common washrooms are also highly vulnerable to virus spread. Try to avoid touching the door handles as far as possible and in case it is inevitable, sanitize your hands immediately.
The common pen
At many banks and offices, pens strung on threads are kept for public use. As this too can easily spread the virus, always carry your own pen.
Another item handled by people are the currency notes. To prevent infection, do not use your saliva while counting currency notes. Moreover, clean your hands thoroughly with a sanitizer after handling the notes.
The office chair
It would be safe to remain on your own chair and desk while at the office. Keep away from the chairs of your colleagues at least till the COVID-19 pandemic is controlled.
Always carry a bottle of water when you leave home. As far as possible, desist from drinking water in cups, vessels or bottles used by others. Sharing of such items may also cause infection.
Before stepping out of your house, ensure that all necessary items all packed in your bag. Along with handkerchief, purse and comb, take a sanitizer, masks, pen, a bottle of drinking water and an umbrella. Any other important item too has to be carried.
When you return home, the first thing to be done is taking a bath. Any interaction with those at home should take place only afterwards. Moreover, the clothes you wore while going out have to be washed every time. Masks and handkerchief have to be thoroughly cleaned in warm water immediately. Children too could be trained to wash their own masks and hankies.
For safe public travel
Travelling in public transport cannot often be avoided. On such occasions, maintain social distancing. As you may have to grip handrails in public vehicles, sanitize your hands properly.