As a number of countries have reportedly controlled coronavirus spread to a significant extent, businesses, schools, and institutions have reopened and many of the lockdown-related restrictions have been eased by the governments around the world. However, this does not mean people can discontinue following preventive measures for the prevention of COVID-19.
According to the experts from the University of Toledo, state that there is now a need to be even more careful. People residing in cities have now reached a more difficult stage where a few new infections can re-start the pandemic and possibly lead to the second lockdown.
In fact, this has happened in two cities of China recently in the province of Jilin where over thirty cases have been reported in the past few days which has led to immediate action by the Chinese government and a second lockdown in the province with all schools and businesses closed and strict travel restrictions.
Ending the lockdown does not mean the end of coronavirus. The experts from the World Health Organization have emphasized the need for a constant collaborative effort from the governments and the people to control the virus. Even then, it can take up to another year for the health crisis to end.
Secondly, researchers from the University of Toledo state that the virus is still equally dangerous and contagious. As soon as people begin to stop following fundamental preventive measures such as washing hands and maintaining social distance, it can transmit at a very quick rate all over again.
Some people may still choose to deliberately not follow the official guidelines on the prevention of coronavirus regardless of the high-risk situation outside of their homes.
However, not following instructions and engaging in behaviors through which the coronavirus can easily transmit can only prolong the time of the pandemic and lead to a second lockdown. It is important to understand that the implementation of preventive measures now is the only way to stop coronavirus spread as soon as possible.
Dr. Brian Fink, who is a professor of public health and an epidemiologist explains “We all yearn for the way life was in the pre-pandemic days, and we are going to get there, but this is going to be the situation for a while. We have to respect that and continue taking the same precautions.”
According to Fink, people may get distracted from the ongoing health crisis for a little while and spend time outside with their families as well as visit shops, it would not change the reality of the virus still spreading across the country or even the globe.
Furthermore, the associate professor of medicine and chief of infectious diseases at The University of Toledo Medical Center, Dr. Jennifer Hanrahan, says that people need to be extra careful as activities and disregard of the instructions by some can harm all.
She adds that resuming everyday activities that were possible before the start of the pandemic is among the worst behavior that would definitely cause a second lockdown as the cases will go up rapidly. Ultimately, the progress made on the control of coronavirus spread will be lost.
Among the usual guidelines for the prevention of COVID-19 which include washing hands frequently, avoid touching the face, social distancing, and wearing a mask, experts at UToledo add how certain instructions can be followed while doing some of the activities.
For example, while shopping, avoid touching an item and putting it back on the shelf. Wearing gloves is another alternative. Masks should be worn everywhere including inside shops and apartment buildings.
People with underlying health conditions should try and avoid going out at all and ask a friend or relative to buy fundamental items such as groceries. For the time being, it is better to not dine in restaurants. Takeaway and ordering food at home are safer alternatives.
Till a vaccine arrives, such preventive measures should be taken to avoid coronavirus spread. Therefore, experts have suggested that people make practices like wearing a mask a habit.