There finally appears to be some light emerging at the end of the tunnel with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many countries that were ravaged by the virus earlier this year have eased restrictions and are on the path toward normality. We are beginning to see businesses and industries re-opening in an attempt to restore some economic and financial prosperity.
Having spent the past three months in quarantine, many people are eager to get back to their pre-COVID routines. Although social distancing and virus preventative measures are still in place, there has been a clear shift in public attitude regarding the virus. The initial fear has lifted, and people are very quickly re-adapting to life after quarantine.
For some people, however, re-immersing into society is still not an option. There are millions of high-risk individuals that can’t get complacent with social distancing practices. Whether they have underlying conditions, are immunodeficient, or have another health ailment that makes them vulnerable to COVID, the quarantine is not over. The process of coming out of lockdown needs to be a lot slower and more cautious for certain people.
Here are five tips for easing out of lockdown, whether it’s by choice or necessity.
- Maintain strict social distancing
With your health (or a close family member’s) being the priority, continue to practice social distancing. Avoid close contact with people outside of your household and try to keep to open spaces.
You can start to visit stores, supermarkets, and restaurants, but don’t do it too often and ensure that you keep your distance.
- Carry hand sanitizer
Carry hand sanitizer with you everywhere you go. This will help you to keep a healthy sanitization habit, and you won’t need to rely on sanitizers provided by stores. If you are worried that you may have touched a contaminated surface, you can simply apply your sanitizer and wash your worries away.
- Avoid unnecessary activities
Although therapeutic, beauty, and recreational services are re-opening, they should be off the cards for those with compromised immune systems. Limit your activities to those that can be done outside or that are adaptable to social distancing. Hold off on visiting a hairdresser, barber, beautician, massage therapist, or similar services.
- Order medicines online
Most pharmacies have been working diligently to make sure essential medicines are available for customers. Many of them were permitted to give out prescriptions in advance to eliminate the need for regular pharmacy visits. Some pharmacies are now enabled for online selling. Ensure that you take the necessary precautions when ordering medical supplies online.
If you are a medical marijuana user, you may not want to visit your local dispensary. Find a dispensary with an “order my weed online” option and have yours delivered to your home. Again, exercise all necessary precautions.
- Continue your home workouts
If you have been exercising and doing home workouts in your house or backyard, continue to do so. Although gyms and sports clubs are taking the appropriate measures to make things safe for their members, gyms could be hotbeds for spreading bacteria. You can never be too safe.
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