COVID-19 is the biggest public health crisis in modern history with over 205M reported cases and 4.32M deaths worldwide at the time of writing. The worst part is that we’re not out of the woods now. The next few months will require effort from everyone in the community for the pandemic to be stopped and it all starts with you. If you want to do your part to stop the spread of the virus to the people closest to you and where you live, here are a few things that you should do.
Get the Vaccine
You might think that the virus will eventually go away if everyone but you is vaccinated, but you aren’t the only one who thinks like you. If there’s a critical mass of people that refuse to get vaccinated, this creates a breeding ground for the virus to mutate and create variants that will not only threaten you but everyone else who’s vaccinated. So do the country and the world a favor and get fully vaccinated.
Get Tested Early and Often
Even if you did get vaccinated, it is a good idea to get tested regularly and as soon as you feel symptoms. Many private clinics offer rapid covid testing and many of them will not require that you take an appointment, so take advantage of them and take the steps needed to isolate yourself if you get a positive diagnosis.
Understand How Masks Work
You might think that you understand how face masks work, but there’s a large portion of people in the country that don’t know the difference between masks and how they need to be used.
First of all, surgical masks are not meant to filter the air and provide little to no protection to the wearer. They are meant to protect others from particles being expelled from your mouth. So don’t think you’re getting protection by pulling your mask up when walking past someone on the street.
If you need protection, you need to get an N-95 mask. The 95 stands for the percentage of particles the mask blocks. N-95 masks are used in medical facilities to prevent infections and are the ones you should be using if you’re at high risk and want to protect yourself and others.
You should also know that there is still a utility to face masks when you’re fully vaccinated. With many variants going around, you are still at risk of getting infected. The face mask should be used as an additional barrier.
Keep Following Sanitary Guidelines
While they might be easing up restrictions where you are, you can still follow them voluntarily. The fewer people are out and about, the less room there is for the virus to spread. You can continue with things like social distancing, avoiding large crowds, and only going out when you need to. That includes nature walks and activities that contribute to your wellbeing.
By following these tips, you’ll know that you at least did your part in curbing this terrible pandemic. It takes an effort for everybody, and now is not the time to put your guard down.
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