The recent pandemic created havoc in the world and forced governments to do the unthinkable and administer lockdown. The outbreak compelled people to reshape their lives and rethink their priorities. Many countries went into lockdown for four to five months, and people had no choice but to stay confined to their homes. The global economy saw a drastic downfall, and the epidemic changed business practices on consumers and business owners’ end. Online education and work from home were the new norms, and gradually people adjusted to the routine. The virus potentially remains in the air; although scientists are working on the vaccine, they predict that the vaccine will take a few more months to develop. Nonetheless, countries have opened up, albeit with a new set of rules, and have strict orders to follow them, and many governments are issuing fine on the violation of the laws.
The symptoms of the pandemic are a bit confusing for a layperson, and until they get a test done, they cannot be sure if they have contracted coronavirus or are suffering from seasonal flu. Besides, some people are asymptomatic, which means they show no symptoms of the virus but are carriers. They feel weak and ill, but since they do not show signs, they do not consider themselves a bearer of the virus and carry it to others. Despite the epidemic claiming so many lives and people falling severely sick, many people still choose to ignore the guidelines and show no respect for the rules. Healthcare workers condemn such practices and say that these people can be a real threat to others. And they may not know but could be a bearer or become the next victim of a virus.
The dilemma is that hospitals are the most dangerous places, and doctors advise against visiting hospitals unless it is necessary. Some pieces of health advice during the critical times of this pandemic are as follows:
1.CONTACT A HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL
People associated with the medical profession have more knowledge and possess some skills to help people in need of healthcare advice. New researches and discoveries keep changing the healthcare landscape, and medical professionals read more to stay updated about the latest studies. If you feel mildly ill or suffer from chronic pains, it would be best if you avoid paying a visit to the hospital and contact your friend who has an insight into the field. Make use of the Internet or phone and discuss your issues without making physical contact. Doctors condemn self-medication. While taking healthcare advice, you must be sure of the other person’s efficiency regarding health. You should only follow a person’s advice who knows the medical field thoroughly.
2.COVER YOUR NOSE AND MOUTH
Wearing a mask when you are amidst people is a must, and there should be no negligence in it. If you happen to go to public places, you need to make sure that you cover your mouth and nose. Wearing a mask for a longer duration is not easy, and some people find it hard to breathe. Several wear spectacles, and their glasses get foggy, while some have itching as soon as they put their mask on.
3.MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING
World health organization keeps on issuing guidelines as per the latest statistics. But one piece of advice they have been sticking to since day one is to have at least a two-meter distance between two people. Even when people have to make a queue to avail of any service, you must make sure that no two people should stand close to each other and have three feet. Many people are under the impression that since they wear a mask, they do not need to distance, and the cover can prevent them from catching the virus. Healthcare workers say otherwise because sneezing, coughing, or even speaking releases millions of particles in the air, and maintaining social distancing can prevent you from contracting the virus.
Personal hygiene is of utmost importance on regular days, but in the case of this new virus, it has taken the focal point. Washing hands and sanitizing premises, belongings, and one’s hand at regular intervals is another way of keeping one safe. Sanitization wipes away the dust and removes the lingering virus particles, thus reducing the chances of spreading the virus.
Healthcare workers recommend personal care as a safety mechanism because it helps strengthen the immune system, which is essential to fight bacteria and viruses. Consuming healthy food and involving in physical activities is necessary to keep well and assist in keeping the germs and bacteria at bay. The virus has led many to emotional turmoil, and an increasing number of people are becoming patients of depression and are dealing with stress. Stressful circumstances often lead to emotional eating, which means the consumption of unhealthy junk food. Not only does overeating cause physical health issues, but it also harms emotional and mental health. On the other hand, a nutritious diet keeps the spirits high, which helps deal with challenging situations due to the virus.
This pandemic has upended the whole world and transformed lives on a massive scale. The virus is minuscule, not visible even from the microscope, but it has turned the world upside down. Some people took the threat lightly and did not consider it severe, and had to pay a heavy price. Medical professionals have admonished the reckless behavior and have recommended adherence to the precautionary measures. The world has slowly reopened to have some semblance of normalcy, and for that, governments have issued several standard operating procedures for different practices. The epidemic continues to evolve the situation, but healthcare advice during critical times are the same.
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