The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has hit humanity too hard in terms of economic, social and healthcare.The government has initiated national level lockdown to contained this pandemic but it failed. We have been locking ourselves in home for a long time and forcefully adopting to these new norms of Self Quarantine or popularly known as ” Work from Home” campaign . But it is hard for us to locked up for these long period as human always seek an alternative. As popularly said “Water can take the shape of every vessel that it is kept in”, human also adapt to every new problems that they are exposed to . In fact the adaptation in social and way of life is the key to survival of humanity till date. In short , the “New Normal ” can be considered as the new adaptive life or a new strategy against COVID-19.
Due to the ineffectiveness of lock-down and the unbearable loss of the economy ,government are uplifting lock-down strategy and allowing offices,shops,temple,church. Since, successful COVID-19 vaccine have not been discovered till date , the opening of these communal space is the threat and can lead to new transmission of COVID-19 epidemics that will be hard to control for any government . Therefore , World Health Organization suggest New Normal where normal activities can be conducted in communal spaces following special precaution and attention to prevent transmission.
1.Keep Space Ventilated
So far knowledge about the virus have told that it is transferred via droplet infection not airborne . The virus itself is heavy enough to be carried by air, so settles in areas that are prone to touched . Keeping air ventilated removes the chances for virus settlement reducing chance for transmission.Apart from the COVID-19, ventilated space is also to human health . It controls air impurities. Also , it reduces condensation that reduces formation of molds and mosses in communal spaces which reduces chance of allergens and allergic reaction . Other notable factors includes air regulation, mood relaxation and other health benifits.
As talked earlier , COVID-19 is transmitted by droplets infection.Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and others. Why? When someone coughs, sneezes, or speaks they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person has the disease. Social distancing is effective in communal spaces
3 Limit Crowding
More than 25 people are prohibited to gather in communal spaces as it increases the risk for the diseases transmission. Also , in these new normal , it will be great for less exposure to the people. The old perspective to meet and greet in large mass is highly discouraged. In this new normal , everyone is susceptible and is potential carrier of COVID-19 .
4.Keep and Use of Hand Sanitizers
Though hand washing station are readily available throughout every part of city but practically cannot be never replace the portability of hand sanitizer . Besides that hand sanitizers are best for COVID-19 control since they are effective and works instantly.
5.Have a backup
The COVID-19 can be contained if everything is transparent enough. So, a plan must be made to be implemented in future if any COVID-19 cases are seen.This includes the practice of contact details of visitors and activities. Later in epidemiological examination , it would be great help during contact tracing improving its reliability and responsiveness. This would be easy to quarantine exposed people and readily treat patients effectively. Also , quick contact with Corona Helpline and CTC must be made to gain updated knowledge and information about virus.
Though national lockdown has been uplifted but it should not be perceived that threat of Corona Virus has been over. Still all of us are susceptible to COVID and every action should be taken with great precaution and safety . We,Nepal Health Magazine wish you and your loved ones to be safe and sound wherever you are .
Hey there, I am Nirdesh Baral, founder of Nepal Health Magazine. I am a Tech geek by passion , Public health practitioner by profession and an Ailurophile by heart and a patriot by birth