The world is finally seeing the light at the end of the COVID tunnel. With vaccination rollouts successfully operating in a number of countries, governments are easing their strict regulations and policies. However, this doesn’t mean that we can relax completely and let standards slip. Following a holistic hygiene routine continues to be vital as it was before. Vaccination isn’t a foolproof shield against this deadly virus and hence taking things easy isn’t an option.
From the UK and Europe to the US, countries across the globe are getting back to normalcy. Governments and health organizations are doing all they can to ensure that everyone’s fully vaccinated. Shops and restaurants, parks and schools have opened their gates again for the public.
People who are fully vaccinated are also enjoying the luxury of traveling and attending events. Even then, health officials and experts suggest maintaining high standards of hygiene and adhering to the rules to avoid any issues.
With a few basic tools and measures, you can keep your entire family protected from this serious virus.
Why is Hygiene So Important?
The COVID-19 pandemic has made us realize the importance of hygiene and how it can help to combat a deadly virus. Unfortunately, the situation is still serious, and following safety measures is the need of the hour. Health experts and officials are going to great lengths to stress that two doses of the vaccine is not a free pass. Especially with the new Delta variant spreading across the globe, good hygiene is more important than ever.
Delta has become the dominant variant in many countries as it is highly contagious. The new variant is multiplying and spreading at the fastest rate ever and has impacted people gravely. Although thevaccine offers some protection, fully vaccinated people are still at risk of contracting the virus. The most recent example would be people in Israel contracting the virus, even though they were fully vaccinated. Furthermore, even if you are fully vaccinated, you need to protect others who may not be through exemplary hygiene.
Safety and Hygiene Measures
As we move forward with new waves of COVID-19, following strict safety measures is essential. But what does this mean exactly? Read on for some critically important steps that you and your family should follow even after getting vaccinated.
Keep your Hands Clean
Keeping your hands clean is the number one rule when it comes to keeping yourself protected from all sorts of germs. Dirty hands are home to thousands of viruses, bacteria, and other microbes. It is important to regularly and properly wash your hands, in running water with soap for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your face and eyes with dirty hands. After sneezing or coughing, ensure that you wash your hands properly before touching anything else.
If hand washing facilities are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol to kill any viruses that may be on your hands. It’s a good idea to set up a hand sanitiser dispenser in your home, car or business so that you can always sanitize your hands.
Wearing a mask is vital when stepping out in public even if you are fully vaccinated. With COVID-19 surging once again in many places, you should wear a mask when you are in contact with others, especially indoors. We know that COVID can easily transmit via aerosol, so if you are indoors and there is a high risk of transmission.
While travelling, it is always advisable to use a mask to prevent coming into contact with the virus. Wearing a mask properly, and be sure to fully cover your nose and mouth.
Keep your Distance
Certain countries across the globe have eased restrictions and now allow people to come in contact at events and social gatherings. However, it is still advisable to maintain a 6-foot distance from anyone around you to lower the risk of transmission.
Disinfect your Space
It is vital to disinfect all items and surfaces in your home and office to minimize the risk of coming in contact with the COVID-19 virus. Follow a few routine sanitizing and cleaning methods to kill all germs on frequently used objects and surfaces such as your phone, door handles, kitchen counters and office desks.
This will mean that even if someone infected with COVID comes in contact with these items, you’ll kill the virus before it threatens your or your family’s health. Use bleach or a disinfectant spray to clean these objects and surfaces regularly.
With the COVID pandemic far from over, it is time for you to sit tight and take hygiene serious. The bottom line is, even if you are fully vaccinated, it isn’t the time to be casual. At this time, following effective and adequate safety measures should be your top priority.