In a few weeks, if not days the nationwide lockdown will be lifted, and life will start getting back to normal again. Schools and colleges will reopen, people will start going back to offices again, shopping malls and movie theatres will be operational once again.
But even post the COVID-19 lockdown gets lifted and we get back to normal life, the risk of it coming back will be a significant one. Specially in the first few weeks of the lifting of lockdown.
There are several reasons for it but the most significant risk and reason will be asymptomatic patients. Let’s look at what it means and why s the risk so prominent.
Asymptomatic simply means “a condition (or a person) producing or showing no symptoms”. In COVID-19 case it refers to the people who are infected by the virus and have corona but are not showing any known symptoms of catching the virus.
An asymptomatic laboratory-confirmed case is a person infected with COVID-19 who does not develop symptoms. Asymptomatic transmission refers to transmission of the virus from a person, who does not develop symptoms.
- Overall, nearly 44% of the cases that tested positive have been asymptomatic.
- Moreover, 50% of the patients who tested positive had no idea that they had or could have had infection.
Those are scary stats. That is why we will have to take extra precautions, especially post the lockdown period. Imagine a huge number of people who are sitting at home just like you, taking all the precautions and following rules still might be infected and may not know about it.
To avoid another huge outbreak of the disease, which all of us have contained by making great sacrifices, and living our lives, literally suspending our daily tasks just to make sure the spread of COVID stops could go in vain.
Unless we take precautions, extreme precautions post lifting of lockdown. But question remains; what are these precautions one needs to take once we join our schools/ colleges again.
Following is a small list of precautions to be taken post lockdown.
- Keep on using Mask and Gloves. Do Not under any circumstances leave for college/school/office without these two buddies. They should be like your body’s extensions which cannot be left home.
- Wash / clean your hands after roughly every new surface you happen to touch, in buses or trains or even inside the taxies.
- Public transport is the most risky place where the rules of social distancing are supposed to not live up should be avoided. Use a private vehicle if possible or make sure the social distancing measures are strictly followed.
- Don’t touch your face, mouth or nose, as this might increase the risk of infection.
- Make sure you do not sneeze or cough in the open. Carry a small pack of tissues or handkerchief and keep on replacing them during relevant intervals.
- Use your own stationery, avoid borrowing, to reduce the risk of getting infected.
- Avoid eating outside as much as possible.
Sanitise your hands on regular intervals, and ensure extra precautious in public washrooms.