The May 4th Lockdown Ease, and Hygienic Practices to Adopt

We are all about to become frontline heroes. Whilst the lockdown lasted, all we needed was to obey the simple instructions of staying home, and staying safe. This was necessitated to reduce the amount of emergencies our health workers have to deal with.

However, with the new directive from the federal government that may translate to the ease of the lockdown and most of us having to return to work, we are now on the frontline. Our biggest goal is to ensure that we stay safe, protect our loved ones and ourselves by not contracting the virus.

According to UNICEF, while research into the COVID-19 virus is ongoing, we know the virus is transmitted through direct contact with respiratory droplets of an infected person (through coughing and sneezing), and touching surfaces contaminated with the virus. The virus may survive on surfaces for a few hours up to several days. The good news is that simple disinfectants can kill it. Now what does this mean for you?

  1. Personal hygiene – Simple hygiene measures can help protect your family’s health and everyone else’s.  Don’t touch your face. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands. Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of used tissue immediately.
  2. Keep your distance – Maintain a distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) from people who are coughing or sneezing.
  3. Wash your hands – Yes, you’re hearing it everywhere, because it’s the best line of defence. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20-30 seconds. Make sure to wash hands after you blow your nose, sneeze into a tissue, use the restroom, when you leave and return to your home, before preparing or eating food, applying make-up, handling contact lenses etc.

If using a hand sanitizer, ensure that it contains at least 60 percent alcohol, ensure coverage on all parts of the hands and rub hands together for 20-30 seconds until hands feel dry. If hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water.  

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