The lockdown may have ended for some zones and will soon be phased out in other regions too. But you shouldn’t let down your guard just yet. Here are 4 things to remember if you’re returning to work at your office or stepping out for other errands.
Always Wear Your Mask Outside
Masks can reduce the rate of transmission of the virus and can help prevent those who do not know they have COVID-19 from passing it on.
- Cloth masks must be sanitized daily at home by washing with laundry detergent/soap and water. So keep at least two for each family member.
- Don’t swap masks with others or share them.
- Don’t constantly handle/touch your mask. Avoid the urge to move your mask up your head or down your chin to talk etc. That defeats the purpose!
- If your mask is damaged at work, check with company HR for a replacement right away. Most companies will keep them in stock post lockdown.
Maintain Physical Distancing & Avoid Travel In Groups
- The lockdown may be over but COVID-19 hasn’t gone away. The WHO and health authorities recommend a minimum of 1 meter(3 feet) distance between you and anyone else.
- Follow physical distancing even once you reach your office. Sit diagonally across each and keep a seat vacant between people in conference calls and meetings.
- Don’t forget to distance even during tea breaks and mealtimes.
- Avoid sharing rides or transport with people other than from your household for now.
Carry Sanitizer and Disinfectant Wipes
- Always carry hand sanitizer and use it if you touch any railing/car door/lift button in a public place, at an ATM, after you punch in the PIN at a card machine etc.
- Use disinfectant wipes on belongings like bag/wallet after laying it down in public places and to clean your phone/tablet/laptop (as per manufacturer recommendations).
- Wash your hands with soap and water if available, failing which your sanitizer may be used. Disinfect your hands before you eat, after using the toilet, and any time you sneeze/cough.
Stay Informed Of Containment Zones And Restrictions
- The situation is constantly changing, so a green zone today could change to a red one overnight if cases are discovered there. There may be travel restrictions in such areas. Be aware of the latest rules and keep track of containment/sealed areas.
- The government may also restrict movement during certain timings in all parts of the city. For example, revised guidelines now allow movement in many places 7 am to 7 pm but not after that, unless for emergencies.
- Children under 10 years, adults over 65 years, pregnant women, and those with comorbidities are advised to stay home at all times unless it is for essentials or medical reasons.
- Remember, never go out for work or any other errands if you are feeling unwell, are breathless, have a cough, cold, or fever. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare advises anyone who isn’t feeling well to stay home.