COVID-19 is now a global public health problem. Data shows more
than 7,000,000 cases and 400,000 deaths to date (09 June 2020). In Nepal, we
are in a lockdown situation. More than 4,000 cases have been found, and that
number is still increasing. Change starts from within, and it’s very important
for all of us to be aware and spread that awareness regarding the COVID-19
pandemic. Establishing strong post-pandemic precautions will be more
challenging than the measures we have set and are following right now, such as the
home quarantine and maintaining social distancing.
In the current scenario, most of us are safe and sound in our respective homes in quarantine, but whenever this lockdown ends and we have to leave our homes for work or daily necessities, how do we stay safe? How will we operate in public spaces? Can we emerge out of this pandemic and return to normal life? This is unlikely because the COVID-19 pandemic has definitely taught us many valuable lessons, changed our thoughts and perceptions, and provided us with a new way of analyzing the world around us. Our society after the COVID-19 pandemic will ultimately be more sensible and aware.
Because of this shift in perspective and lifestyle, there will be many precautions and minute details to consider when developing post-pandemic measures. In recent times, most of us likely spend 8 hours per day working in a corporate scenario, and those who run their own businesses, shops, and restaurants dedicate almost 10 to 12 hours per day, non-stop, to their work. As a society, we are used to traveling to and from these jobs and other destinations, but how will that transportation look post-COVID-19? It will definitely be different for the next year, as we all cope with and adjust to the post-pandemic scenario. Therefore, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to prepare ourselves for a return to some usual activities, we must keep these following post-pandemic measures in mind:
1. First, we must develop a habit of washing hands immediately after any exposure, whether that be in a public space or with another person, for which alcohol-based sanitizer or soaps should be used.
2. Wearing a mask while stepping out of the house must be mandatory.
3. Gloves are the best option if we have to touch or clean something that may have germs on it.
4. Maintaining social distancing, of at least two meters, while working, or meeting and greeting with people is a must.
5. Carrying our own water bottles for safety purposes is a must.
6. Regularly cleaning our belongings in the office or at home after use can help reduce our contact with germs.
7. Maintain a safe distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing around us.
8. Cover your nose and mouth with a bent elbow or a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing.
9. When opening and closing doors in public places or at home, we can use our elbows, rather than our hands, or wear gloves to avoid exposure.
1. Avoid handshaking, and instead, make a habit of doing Namaste!
2. Avoid using communal items, like hand towels, to dry our hands in the office or in public places.
3. Avoid using our hands while eating, and instead, use a spoon or fork.
4. Avoid close contact with anybody we meet.