Last one and half year the world has been struggling to keep Covid infections under control. Some countries are doing good, others not so good. And irrespective of the financial status of the country, first and second waves have disrupted lives globally. At present we cannot foresee end to the situation in immediate future. WHO and scientists are suggesting that we learn to live with the virus. In this situation, it becomes important to understand how the Covid 19 virus transmits from one person to another and learn preventive methods. This article attempts to summarise the recommendations by WHO combined with historical epidemics and behaviour followed by people then.
First thing first, let us see how this virus moves from one person to another. According to the WHO website, this virus can spread from an infected person’s mouth or nose in small liquid particles when they cough, sneeze, speak, sing or breathe. The size of these particles can range from larger respiratory droplets to smaller aerosols (~ 200nm). A person can be infected when aerosols or droplets containing the virus are inhaled or come directly into contact with the eyes, nose, or mouth. The aerosols can remain suspended in the air or travel farther than 1 meter in certain circumstances, especially in poorly ventilated, polluted or crowded indoor settings.
To spread the virus a typical viral loads just needs to have roughly 2000-3000 virus particles. And as a result, it is possible that a person gets infected even by touching surfaces that have been contaminated by the virus, if after that they touch their eyes, nose or mouth without cleaning their hands.
So now let us see how you can prevent the infection by taking some special measures.
Go To Your Lair
Maybe you are Batman, Superman or some other XYZ-Man with your own isolated lair - and food available for years. If it is so, you are the rarest of rare's, stay in your lair, like a rat stays in the bill. View Netflix, Disney, YouTube or any other entertainment source. Read books, articles or write on Vocal- your choice, spend your time in doing things which are positive. Like learning something good- there are so many resources online to keep you occupied, engaged and at the same time keep your motivation intact. When the things will be fine- your energy will be needed to bring back the world to balance.
Don't have a Lair
Most of us are not lucky enough to have such a lair, we have to move, move out to earn, take care of family members, friends. We cannot hide, we will have to face the virus- fight with it and not let it infect us or our loved ones.
Unless, more than 80% of the population is vaccinated- we will not move out unprotected.
So let us make a protection-protocol:
There are so many things we still do not know about Covid- especially its long term effects, the effect on body on reinfection. It is better to stay safe, then leave people behind who will feel sorry for us.
Stay safe, stay informed, stay alive.
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