Caviarlieri | Published July 13, 2020
Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is now coming to terms with a new normal. Cities and countries are adapting their own strategies in dealing with the crisis and adopting precautions that will change our habits and eventually the way we lead our life. Though some measures have been very controversial, the advice of experts and authorities are all directed and focused to preventing the spread of COVID-19 that has affected the lives and the economy in an unprecedented way. Now is the time to be wise and discerning on the articles we read, the products we use and the way we live our lives, not in fear but with careful precautions. Even when the numbers are slowly decreasing and some countries have started easing restrictions we cannot afford to relax and throw caution to the wind.
We have to take necessary precautions. What are the they?
Being in quarantine or at home gives us a sense of security as we are by ourselves. But once we get out of the safety of our homes, what should we do to be protected because COVID-19 is easily transmitted.
We all have to go to work and jobs to undertake, places to go, errands to do, people to meet and simply, a life to live and how do we manage this.
Gradually by following the precautionary measures which is globally publicized we will get a sense of what we should do depending on our daily dynamics – transportation, route, type of work, people we work with and many other factors. We all have been told over and over again that social distancing is the key and all the other measures revolve around it.
The following are the general measures we must follow to keep ourselves safe while being outdoors.
Safety precautions for the home may be much easier but it is still crucial so as to reduce the chance of bringing the infection into your home and infecting your loved ones. The following are the easy steps to adopt which are beneficial to you once they become a routine habit.
The pandemic has turned our world upside down with drastic changes and it effects our routine, employment, finances, lifestyle, fear for contracting the virus and the anxiety of unpredictable uncertainty. All these are unavoidable stresses that will be difficult to deal with by those who have pre-existing mental health conditions. And even for those without, it may be cause them to suffer in mental health if they are not aware or equipped to deal with the current extraordinary situation.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has published substantial information and advice on how to take care of our mental health during this period. We should be acquainted with them so that we can help others who are affected with such a condition.
However seemingly simple the above may be, it will have a huge impact on our way of life henceforth. It is important to establish a “new” schedule in your life that promotes a sense of well-being such as your sleeping and waking moments, healthy timely meals, exercise, allocating hours for screen time, video games, social media and others. Maintaining contact with friends and family online rather than meeting them can be very helpful as well.
Advance care planning is an expressed preference of the medical care you want to receive if you unfortunately have a life-threatening condition and you are not able to decide for yourself anymore. This is a matter which has to be discussed with your loved ones and doctors as they would advocate the plan when needed. This is not a new practice as it has been done by people who are suffering with terminal illnesses who will be unable to make a decision on their life as they are incapacitated. COVID-19 has now given people a sense of urgency to establishing this with their family. This is because once a person has been admitted for COVID-19 in a medical institution his family and friends will not be allowed to visit him even if his condition become critical and ending up in his untimely death. It is indeed a very difficult time and having an advance care plan makes it less stressful for families and the medical team to decide and make critical decisions on the person in accordance with his wishes.
A standard advance care plan will include the following:
COVID-19 pandemic has made us more aware of our health and how we care for it proactively. It has also taught us to be prepared and be equipped to go out into an uncertain world ,like a soldier preparing before going into battle, and fighting against a invisible force and to be ready if ever as and when the COVID-19 virus unfortunately intrudes into our body. When this happens, according to scientific reports, the key to survival is to enhance your immune system and control your inflammation.