In a statement made recently, India has finally admitted that the country is presently between the stage two and stage three of coronavirus outbreak. At the time of writing this piece, the number of confirmed cases in the country had just crossed the 5000 mark, with close to 150 people dead because of the pandemic in the country.
The third stage of Covid-19 outbreak is referred to as community transmission wherein the infection starts spreading within the country’s population and is not imported from a different virus-hit region. It’s to prevent this third stage that the Indian government announced a countrywide 21-day lockdown on March 24, lasting till April 14, 2020. The lockdown has been announced as a mandatory precautionary measure to control the rapid spread of the infection. All citizens of the country are being encouraged to stay inside homes, or wherever they are, and avoid stepping out unless absolutely necessary.
Here in this short article, we will acquaint you with some important do’s and don’ts everyone must practice to stay safe and healthy during the Covid-19 lockdown. Let’s go over them below.
Parents everywhere must explain and drill the importance of this measure into their children, and take extra special care when it comes to the elderly in their homes. Please note, it’s the elderly and people with some already existing health condition who’re most vulnerable to Covid-19. It’s them we should protect the most. And the best way to do that is by not stepping out at all.
People should take charge and clean up their homes on a regular basis. You can use any simple disinfectant to properly clean kitchen floors, slabs, bathroom surfaces, door knobs and personal appliances like chargers, microwaves, laptops etc. Make sure that you properly wash your hands with water and soap after handling any home -delivered packages. Domestic helps should be asked to stay at their homes and look after their families and themselves. It’s important to educate them about the basic hygiene practices too.
It’s very important to not arrive at any direct conclusion that the person is indeed infected with coronavirus. It could be seasonal flu or something else too. You should consult a general physician, if possible over phone, before rushing the patient to some clinic or hospital. Listen to the doctor and follow what s/he says.
It’s very important to stay calm and composed regardless of the prison-like feeling everyone must be experiencing right now. Please remember, it’s not the end of the world yet. Whatever you do, don’t indulge in panic buying or hoarding. Buy only supplies which are absolutely necessary, ensuring that there’s enough for everyone else too.
As also highlighted above, just because someone has fever doesn’t mean s/he has Covid-19. You should call the helpline numbers provided by the government for your state, to gain more clarity on the matter. Do not rush the patient to the closest medical centre or hospital to get him/her tested for Covid-19. This step should only be taken if it has been recommended by a qualified doctor. Please note, hospitals and testing centres would have long queues already, thus increasing the chances of contracting the virus even if you and/or the patient doesn’t have it already. It would be best to contact the designated labs and have them collect the sample from home.
For someone who cannot work from home, it would be very easy and attractive to laze around right now. Why not pick up some fun activity which can be done inside home?! Ensure that you get some exercise indoors and eat healthy food to keep your immune system in top shape. Practicing yoga seems like the perfect idea in such times!