Instructions & tips on the ‘new normal’ we will soon be entering

There is no doubt that in the minds of most of us is the moment of “liberation” from the “bonds” imposed on us by the coronavirus is near.
And like any release, we feel like “sprinters”, ready to pour out to collect what we were deprived of and we are looking forward to the starting gun.
But this is not the case!
The so-called return to normalcy is not going back to where we left off, the coronavirus continues to be “invisible and deadly” here, as scientists tirelessly insist, and therefore a return to normalcy cannot be a distance of 100 meters. It is a “marathon” in which the virus will be with us and will try to prevent us from “finishing”.

APE-MPE addressed the Professor of Epidemiology at the Medical School of EKPA and President of the Prolepsis Institute of Preventive, Environmental and Occupational Medicine, Athena Linou, to explain to us the new rules that will accompany us from now on every day. “Yes, to individual protection measures, not to alienation,” Ms. Linou begins the discussion. ” He adds that “our lives will be difficult and we have to get used to it, however, we have to keep the warmth we had before, but without touching others. without coming too close. Don’t lose interest. “

So let’s look at the instructions for adjusting our daily routine step by step

We are getting ready to leave the house

We take with us a mask, gloves, antiseptic.

We prefer to wear cotton clothes that can be washed at high temperatures.

If we choose to travel with public transport, we wear a mask and gloves.

Ms. Linou states that if our work is relatively close, we should prefer walking. Also, in consultation with the employer, we choose a schedule that is not available to many people using public transport.

In the workplace

We disinfect the office, the computer, the phone and in general that we are going to touch.

If we work alone we do not need to wear a mask. In case there are other employees in the same space, it is good to wear it and even to have “spare” with us in case the first one gets wet.

Returning home

We take the clothes to a specific place and either put them for washing at a high temperature, over 60 degrees or we leave them for two or three days to be ventilated in a place where they do not come in contact with other clothes, so that they can die if they get the virus.

Be careful not to wear the same clothes the next day.

The clothes are disinfected or left hanging for 2-3 days or washed at high temperature or ironed with a hot iron.

We leave our bag in a specific place for two days or we pass it with antiseptic alcohol or soap and water.

Masks: The position of special and international organizations

Special care is needed with the masks, so as not to create the false sense of security that leads to relaxation of the precautions and the maintenance of hand hygiene. Wearing a mask does not mean that one can go out freely and that it is safe, experts say. All protection measures must be taken in combination. There is a risk of using an infected mask or a growing tendency for people to touch their face, which increases the risk of infection and transmission.

If we have a high quality mask, we wear it, especially in places of solidarity, such as grocery stores, shopping malls, public transport, workplaces where you come in contact with many other people. If not, we use simple fabric face covers, from a handkerchief or T-shirt, which we wash and iron with a hot iron. Fabric face masks, made of household materials, are low cost and can be used as an additional voluntary measure to protect public health, says the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and now recommends wearing face masks in public places where it is difficult. maintain all social distance measures (eg supermarkets and pharmacies). He also advises the use of simple fabric face covers,

The other solution, adds Ms. Linou, is a different mask for each day, that is, we wear a mask on Monday and bring it back next Monday, because after a week it disinfects itself. If the mask gets wet (eg blow, sneeze) it does not work, and it needs to be changed. He states that the mask needs special attention in how we wear it and how we take it off. Hand washing is also necessary here.

Masks are not a “miracle solution” to eliminate the pandemic, warns the World Health Organization. Their widespread use in the population is justified only in cases of limited access to water for hand washing or when physical distancing is difficult. The masks alone cannot stop the pandemic Covid19, says the WHO, and does not support their widespread use in the general population, as its use carries uncertainties and significant risks.

The dangers, according to the WHO, are “getting infected without wanting to be touched and re-used on your face, difficulty breathing, a false sense of security that will lead to misbehavior, such as not following more important measures, such as maintaining physical distance from person to person, frequent and good hand washing and touching the face.


Are we going to the beaches?

Yes, but here too individual protection measures are needed. According to Ms. Linou, swimming in swimming pools, if there is enough chlorine in the water, is safe, as is the sea, as long as we keep our distance. Special attention is needed on the beach, so it is good to choose hours that are not very crowded. The Professor’s advice is that we keep our distance both when we swim and when we sunbathe. “We won’t run to grab the deck chair of someone we see leaving,” he says. As a precautionary measure, he suggests that we pass the sunbed with antiseptic.

Logic and not fear

The Professor emphasizes that too much information is confusing. It is necessary to protect ourselves and others, but in moderation, “it makes no sense to monitor everything. And not the kids, they don’t have to see coffins. ” “We need logic, not fear,” he said, adding that it would help to know what percentage of people were ill without realizing it. It also raises the issue of the hygiene of vulnerable populations. “There are people who don’t have access to running water and money to buy antiseptics or masks or soap.” The state, he said, should be activated to cover these populations to minimize the risk of the virus spreading.

Solidarity is the antidote to fear

Because people now feel fear, Ms. Linou suggests “solidarity” as an antidote. “The biggest problem is the psychological problem, so we’re seeing an increase in violence. People are not used to everyone being in the same place at the same time. ” It emphasizes the need for measures to be taken by the State, but also by ourselves. “If we get into the process of thinking of others who have not been locked in, but continue to work, or the elderly who are alone, then we go beyond the limits of ‘I’ and go to ‘us’, overcoming our own fears.” she added that “if we unite, if we feel solidarity and care for each other, we will overcome the current situation, because we will take care of ourselves and others. We will protect ourselves if we consider that we are carrying the virus and take measures not to transmit it to others. ” He expressed optimism that “we will definitely do better and the second wave, if it comes, will not be aggressive because we know how to protect ourselves. We are more prepared and more experienced as a society. “

Source: RES – EIA

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