Now that the federal government has approved a phasing and gradual easing of the lockdown measures, some economic and business activities will be restored. Interesting right! This means we are testing the water to see if we can manage our activities with the threat of the virus staring at us.
Not to be a bearer of bad news, it is important to note that the coronavirus threat hasn’t disappeared. There is neither a vaccine nor a cure yet, so you should be very careful as you step out there, we sure don’t want a surge in the number of new coronavirus cases, which is why we have prepared some tips that can help you stay safe as you go out this period.
1. Avoid Using Fingertips
This is the time to make good use of other parts of our body other than the hand or fingertips. Learn to use other parts of your body when handling frequently touched areas in public places. When you need to open a door, push an elevator button, pull a lever or digitally sign in for something, use your shoulder, knuckle, hip, foot, elbow, wrist or wrap surface with tissue paper and toss in the trash bin after use instead of using your hands or fingertips, because there are chances you might touch your face or food items. Hence, it is important you learn to use a different body part, you have plenty of them.
2. Keep Safe Distance
Since people can spread the virus even before they start showing symptoms, it is best to keep a safe distance when in a public space. Stay at least 6 feet(2 arm’s length) from other people, avoid large gatherings and crowded places. If someone is too close to you, politely ask that they give you space or just step away from them.
3. Take Care of Frequently Used Gadget
We need to watch how we handle our frequently used devices (phones hands-free, smartwatches) and be mindful of where we place them. The virus can stick on surfaces and you put yourself at risk when you place your device on shared surfaces. Always put your device in your bag or pocket and disinfect your hand after visiting a public place before you touch your devices. Carrying extra napkins, disinfecting wipes, and facial is very crucial at this time, it will come in handy. You can disinfect your phones using a disposable wipe, but the best thing to do is to avoid exposure at all costs.
4. Avoid Touching
We understand that you’ve probably not seen your friends and colleagues in weeks but please, resist the urge to shake hands, tap elbows, or hugs. Hard right! Nod, bow or greet with your leg from a distance, air hug if you must, but whatever you do, touching is off-limits.
5. Regularly Wash Hands and disinfect Frequently Touched Areas
Washing your hands frequently is one of the best defenses against contacting the coronavirus. The first thing to do every time you return home is to wash your hands (thoroughly wash in between fingers and up to the wrist) for at least 20 seconds. Make it a routine to wipe frequently touched areas or surfaces in your car, home, and surroundings. Also, wash clothes and clean shoes as you return home or set them aside because the virus could cling to surfaces.
6. Avoid Using Cash
Not all outlets or businesses have embraced digital or online payments, so this one might be a little tricky, especially for those who commute using public vehicles (Danfo buses) or those who shop in local markets. Cash travels wide and you never can tell who must have handled such cash before you. Little advice, disinfect your hands whenever you handle cash but if you can avoid cash, please do so by all means.
7. Use Face Mask and Don’t Get too Comfortable
The use of face masks has been made mandatory, it prevents a sick person from spreading the virus and goes a long way to protect a healthy person if used with proper hygiene. And yes, don’t get too comfortable, wear a mask every time you visit public places and learn to use it properly, inappropriate use and disposal can even be more dangerous. You can learn how to use a mask on our previous blog post.
Please note, this is no time to throw parties, visit high-risk places or people, toss out face masks or stop washing our hands. It is important to continue to adhere strictly to the advisories published by the Nigeria Centre for Disease and Control (NCDC), these include regular washing of hands, social and physical distancing, wearing of face masks / covering in public, avoidance of non-essential movements or travels and avoidance of large gatherings.
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Keep staying safe and healthy!