COVID19: Tips to stick to as the curve flattens in Nigeria

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COVID19: Tips to stick to as the curve flattens in Nigeria
COVID19: Tips to stick to as the curve flattens in Nigeria
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Yes, the curve of the deadly coronavirus is being flattened as the days roll by. Thank God. But it’s not to say that everyone should drop the safety and hygiene habits imbibed already.

Notice many people no longer put on face masks? Or use the hand sanitizers at intervals? Not good for us. Rather, it is important to continue to maintain the good old safety measures to help wrestle the pandemic to the ground. We need to start living the way we used to, once again, alright?

Since the COVID-19 pandemic through the lockdown and now the near relaxation, we all have learnt not to take going outside for granted.  We should also keep this up.

Even though Nigeria is reopening to a large extent, leaving the house is not that safe as we are beginning to think. There is still some level of risk of exposure to the pandemic and other infections. We should still be mindful of this, at least, for a while.

You might say, there’s not much you can do about being exposed, but there are things you can do to minimise the risk of bringing infections into your home.

If you must venture outside, whether it be for grocery runs, work commutes, or even a walk to take a bit of fresh air, here are some precautionary tips to help you when returning home:

TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES AT THE DOOR:

The reopening of the economy does not mean the coronavirus is gone. Once, you’re home, the very first thing you should still do is to keep your shoes outside… plus other items you came home with. Use disinfecting wipes to clean them all up before they find their way back into the house.

WASH YOUR FACE MASK AFTER EACH USE:

COVID-19 or not, always assume that your face mask has been exposed to infections whenever you are away from home. Therefore, ensure you wash your face mask after each use. Take it straight to the laundry room immediately you come back home. If what you have is the surgical mask, the recommendation is that you leave it to disinfect for, at least, 72 hours before reusing.

DISINFECT YOUR PHONE, KEYS AND OTHER ITEMS:

Always remember to thoroughly disinfect all the items you took with you. Good disinfectants should be, at least, 60 to 70 percent alcohol-based or even higher. If you don’t have disinfectant wipes, you can mix detergent and water. It’s effective too.

KEEP YOUR CLOTHES IN THE WASH:

Like your face mask, make sure you don’t repeat cloths. Wash them after every wear. If you can’t wash immediately, a great practice is to bag them separately until you are ready to run the laundry.

SHOWER IMMEDIATELY

To keep all forms of infections away, it is best to bathe each time you return from outside. This will help ensure that your body is completely disinfected. At the very least, kindly wash your hands with soap and water for, at least, 20 seconds.

STILL EXCHANGE PLEASANTRIES WITH WORD OF MOUTH

Please don’t go hugging your loved ones on your return. Inform your kids, especially. They shouldn’t come for a hug immediately. Everyone should still greet by word of mouth until you have properly disinfected yourself and other belongings you arrived with.

Leaving the house? These are some practices you and your loved ones should still follow when you are back home since the coronavirus is yet to go away completely.

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