What in­di­vid­u­als should do when lock­down is lifted

Fiji Sun - - WORLD NEWS -

Bei­jing: Af­ter see­ing heart­en­ing re­sults of months of con­tain­ment mea­sures, many coun­tries have started re­lax­ing their mea­sures and re­sum­ing work, which makes in­di­vid­ual pro­tec­tion even more im­por­tant.

Italy, France, Spain and Aus­tralia have all an­nounced phase-byphase plans to lift their lockdowns. Ger­many has given the green light to stores and schools to re­open. And for Bri­tain, Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son will un­veil a lock­down exit roadmap on Sun­day. Coun­tries must ease lockdowns grad­u­ally, while still be­ing “on the look-out” for COVID-19 and ready to re­store re­stric­tions if the coro­n­avirus jumps back, the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) said on May 1.

So, what should in­di­vid­u­als do to bet­ter pro­tect them­selves af­ter their coun­tries lift re­stric­tive mea­sures be­fore the pan­demic is over?

Cur­rent in­for­ma­tion sug­gests that the two main routes of trans­mis­sion of the coro­n­avirus are res­pi­ra­tory droplets and con­tact, ac­cord­ing to the WHO. There­fore, keep­ing wear­ing per­sonal pro­tec­tive equip­ment helps.

“Wear­ing a med­i­cal mask is one of the preven­tion mea­sures that can limit the spread of cer­tain res­pi­ra­tory viral dis­eases, in­clud­ing COVID-19,” the WHO said in an in­terim guid­ance pub­lished in April. But the WHO said on its web­site that “masks are ef­fec­tive only when used in com­bi­na­tion with fre­quent hand-clean­ing with al­co­hol-based hand rub or soap and wa­ter”.

Be­sides, mea­sures like cov­er­ing the mouth and nose with a tis­sue or a bent el­bow while cough­ing or sneez­ing and clean­ing and dis­in­fect­ing fre­quently touched sur­faces in­clud­ing ta­bles, door­knobs, phones, and key­boards are all good habits, as sug­gested by the US Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion (CDC).

As more coun­tries al­low out­door ac­tiv­i­ties, the US CDC sug­gests not to visit parks that were re­cently ex­posed to COVID-19 or crowded ones.

The WHO also dis­cour­ages go­ing to crowded places as peo­ple are more likely to come into close con­tact with some­one that has COIVD-19 and it is more dif­fi­cult to main­tain a proper phys­i­cal dis­tance.

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