With the rise of coronavirus (COVID19), In the last few months, individuals, families, and communities in India have been negotiating a new social order. India’s roughly 1.3 billion people went under the first phase of lockdown in March 2020.
The government had initiated these protocols concerning WHO :
- Wearing a mask in public
- Make sure your mask covers your nose, mouth, and chin.
- Clean your hands before you put your mask on, before and after you take it off, and after you touch it at any time.
- When you take off your mask, store it in a clean plastic bag, and every day either wash it if it’s a fabric mask or dispose of it in a trash bin if it’s a medical mask.
- Don’t use masks with valves.
2. Maintaining distance in public places
- Avoid the 3Cs: spaces that are closed, crowded, or involve close contact.
- Keeping 6 feet distance or a minimum of 3 feet in public
- Meet people outside. Outdoor gatherings are safer than indoor ones, particularly if indoor spaces are small and without outdoor air coming in.
- Open a window to increase the amount of natural ventilation when indoors.
3. Keep good hygiene
- Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with either an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. This eliminates germs that may be on your hands, including viruses.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the used tissue immediately into a closed bin and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently, especially those which are regularly touched, such as door handles, faucets, and phone screens.
- Get vaccinated as soon as it’s your turn and follow local guidance on vaccination.
- Do not believe in any false information about vaccination.
- The vaccines approved in India are :
1 Zydus Cadila. ZyCoV-D.
2 Moderna. mRNA-1273.
3 Sputnik V.
4 Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
5 Oxford/AstraZeneca. AZD1222.
6 Serum Institute of India. Covishield
7 Bharat Biotech. Covaxin.
What to do if we get sick?
- If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately. Call by telephone first and follow the directions of your local health authority.
- Do not take any random medicines without the concern of a proper physician.
- Know the full range of symptoms of COVID-19. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, tiredness, and loss of taste or smell. Less common symptoms include aches and pains, headache, sore throat, red or irritated eyes, diarrhea, a skin rash, or discoloration of fingers or toes.
- Stay home and self-isolate for 10 days from symptom onset, plus three days after symptoms cease. Call your health care provider or hotline for advice. Have someone bring you supplies. If you need to leave your house or have someone near you, wear a properly fitted mask to avoid infecting others.
- Keep up to date on the latest information from trusted sources, such as WHO or your local and national health authorities. Local and national authorities and public health units are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
Written with reference to WHO and MoHFW (Ministery of health and family welfare Government of India )