COVID-19: how to prepare for a possible resurgence 

COVID-19: how to prepare for a possible resurgence 

Diseases,

Since the beginning of the pandemic, our posts have covered various aspects of COVID-19:  medications, vaccines, ways to boost your immunity, but mostly, how can you avoid catching this mostly preventable disease? 

We have also discussed some alternative aspects of COVID, such as spirituality, loneliness, COVID burnout, doomscrolling, and the benefits of making bread and chicken soup during the pandemic. Then as COVID seemed to come more under control, we slowly added other topics such as healthy walking and breathing, how to avoid cancer recurrence, and HIV. 

While we are optimistic that within 6 months, the COVID situation will improve substantially, we think the next few months are a risky period. Many people are tired of washing their hands, distancing, and mask wearing, and that—coupled with some statistics suggesting the disease is slowing—will make many people careless. This has happened both in Europe and the USA, and is likely to happen in Brazil.

Remember that while you, and your family, may have become tired of all the quarantine restrictions, the virus does not get tired. It will still act and infect people if they let their guard down. So today it’s worthwhile to review some main points about COVID prevention, along with some new information, which begins our list:

Hints to help avoid COVID

+++ A study released 10 September 2020 by the Center of Disease Control (USA) studied 314 adults with COVID symptoms. They were all tested for the virus and about half were found to be COVID positive and the other half were COVID negative (they had suspicious symptoms, but it wasn’t COVID).

+++ The researchers wanted to see if the people who tested positive had any activity in common that may have exposed them to the virus

+++ They found that one activity in particular increased the chance of infection—having dined in a restaurant in the two weeks before their infection.  

+++ The people who dined at a restaurant recently were almost twice as likely to be infected compared with people who did not dine at a restaurant.

+++ When they analyzed the data further—and excluded people who had known exposure to someone COVID positive—they found that in addition to restaurants, having been in a bar or coffee shop recently also significantly increased the risk of infection. 

+++ This means, as we discussed before, avoid dining at restaurants, and if you must, eat outside. The risk is much greater inside, as you will be close to people not using a mask while they eat and drink. 

+++Take-out or food delivery is safest, and for inside dining, best to wait a few months until we have better treatments and/or a vaccine.

+++ Do everything you can outside rather than inside.

+++ If you have to be inside, try to sit in a well-ventilated place,  hopefully close to an open window, and spaced 2 meters from others, especially if not everyone is wearing a mask (they should be)

+++ If someone near you is not wearing their mask properly (for example, his nose is uncovered), we recommend you distance yourself from that person, or gently ask him to fix his mask, for everyone’s safety. Otherwise, they are putting you at an increased risk. Do you accept that? Especially if you have co-existing medical conditions, if the place is not safe, it’s better to find an excuse, and if you can, leave.

This list covers some of the things to keep in mind now as many people get more casual about safety precautions.  Click on any of the linked text above to get more details about specific things you can do.

We cannot let ourselves get complacent at this point. COVID is a sneaky enemy; still around us, invisible, and ready to strike if we are careless. 

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