Last updated on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 03:49 pm
Months into “The new normal” and we have all stopped greeting each other with hopes of safety and adjustment, the panic and anxiety over the number of new infections each day have dulled and we have indeed found a new normal
As we ease into some of our old habits and starts socializing and spending more time out and about, experts say we are at increased risk of COVID-19 infection.
Looser restriction should mean increased vigilance
Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in America released the results of a study on COVID-19 patients and the activities they participated in and the interactions they had in the two weeks before they tested positive for the Corona Virus
The study showed that case-patients were 42% more likely to have reported eating at a restaurant or going to a bar or coffee shop before feeling symptoms.
“Exposures and activities where mask use and social distancing are difficult to maintain, including going to places that offer on-site eating or drinking, might be important risk factors for acquiring COVID-19,” the study states. “As communities reopen, efforts to reduce possible exposures at locations that offer on-site eating and drinking options should be considered to protect customers, employees, and communities.”
Is it a good idea to party during the pandemic?
Although there are safety guidelines to help us keep our social interactions safe, many of these don’t seem to apply at parties and clubs.
Whether it is because we don’t want to believe we could be infected by people we know at social gatherings or are just tired of constantly being on guard for the invisible enemy; many of us are relaxing our
73 Patrons from a Capetown establishment reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 after a rooftop party recently.
Nightlife and the social scene aren’t only a concern in South Africa. Reports from around the world sitting concern over the lack of safety measures taken by party goers and the possibility of this behaviour and a general relaxing of protocol contributing to the second wave of high infections and mortality.
How to stay safe
Although staying home and continuing with your life as if you were still under Level 5 lockdown conditions is ideal, it isn’t realistic.
This does not mean it is not possible to stay safe. Wearing a mask when you are in public spaces and maintaining social distancing are as important now as they were months ago. Sanitizing your hands frequently is more important than ever since more people come into contact with surfaces and objects than before now that we are all more active.
While the alternative, possibly catching a severe case of COVID-19 is a lot worse (no contest), face masks could be more comfortable and I am happy to report that with AirPop I’m masked up and loving it.
With vaccinations resuming on Wednesday, Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has urged those over 60 to register for their jabs.
David Beckham is joining forces with Unicef to lead a global vaccination drive, encouraging families to get children their routine vaccines for diphtheria, measles and polio.
The Department of Basic Education is considering the return of learners to schools full-time, but it will depend on health protocols
Shortly after the rollout was continued in many countries reports claimed that another side effect of the COVID-19 vaccine was herpes. This side effect was linked to the vaccine produced by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.
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