It's up to each one of us to prevent community spread

  • By KKday
  • | Jun 05, 2020

As nations start to loosen local quarantine rules to usher in the new normal, that doesn't mean it's time to get complacent about safety and hygiene. Afterall, the last thing we all want is for there to be a second wave of infections. To stay healthy and protected, follow these post-lockdown tips for you to keep safe even as life goes on.

Wear a face mask at all times

This should go without saying, but wearing a face mask will not only protect you but also the people around you from the droplets you expel from your mouth when speaking, sneezing or coughing. Most establishments have also imposed a no-mask-no-entry policy to ensure the safety of their guests.

If you need reusable ones, the government has allocated free cloth masks for everyone. If not, check out how you can buy proper, even stylish ones or just make your own here.

Wash or disinfect your hands regularly

One of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of the virus is by practicing proper hand washing regularly. However, water and soap are not always accessible in certain areas. This is why it’s also advisable for you to bring along your own small bottle of rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer wherever you go so you can disinfect your hands anytime, anywhere.

Avoid touching your face

The virus enters your body through openings including your eyes, mouth, ears, and nose. That means if you don't touch your face, there's less chance for the virus to infect you.

Practice social distancing

As much as possible, always maintain a 1m distance between you and others, and avoid all unnecessary social contact. Like proper handwashing, practicing social distancing is among the most effective measures to avoid contracting and spreading the virus.

Eat healthful foods and exercise

Boosting your immune system will work wonders during this time of uncertainty. Take vitamin supplements and eat foods with high nutritional value. Exercising daily and staying active will also help boost your fitness and immunity levels.

Disinfect all your purchases from stores

Designate an unloading zone in your home, where you can disinfect your purchases after your supermarket runs. Use disinfecting wipes or run the goods under cold running water. Use soap when dealing with cold or frozen food, while you can just use plain running water when washing fresh produce.

Take a shower or bath immediately when you arrive home

Don’t hang around your household too long after a day at work or running errands outside. Once you’ve got your purchases sorted, take a shower or bath, and wash yourself thoroughly with soap and water. This is especially important if you've got kids or elderly at home.

A version of this article first appeared on KKday.