Although the country is seeing a steady decline in infections, the more infectious variant of the coronavirus spreading throughout the country remains a huge concern. Public health experts believe citizens could do more to curb the spread.
You’re visiting crowded places
You go to shopping malls, supermarkets, restaurants and taverns and use public transport. Make sure these places are enforcing social distancing rules properly. Wash your hands after entering or use hand sanitiser. Congregating with one group of people and then visiting another poses an inherent transmission risk.
You’re still not cleaning your phone
A cell phone could be one of the most contaminated objects in your life right now. After all, most of us carry our phones with us at all times. We touch them constantly and we put them down on surfaces that have been touched by others. To avoid catching any infection, clean your phone well and use speakers or hands-free devices to avoid direct contact when out in public.
You’re focusing on what’s allowed rather than what’s safe
Such allowances are important for mental health and the economy, but that doesn’t mean they’re entirely safe, especially if social distancing and health protocols are not maintained.
You’re still closing that window, when travelling in public transport
As unpleasant as it may seem, more especially as the country has been experiencing bad weather, ventilation must be prioritised over feeling cosy. In an indoor environment like a public bus or taxi, the virus can linger for longer than it does outdoors.
You’re wearing the mask incorrectly
It remains compulsory in South Africa for every person to wear a mask in a public space. But, many people out there are still wearing them incorrectly with their nose out, mask around the chin or exposing their chin.
Also, do not touch your mask while you’re wearing it, use the loops to take it off.
Covid-19 can be spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person speaks, sings, coughs or sneezes. Once released, the respiratory droplets can travel through the air about 6 feet and infect someone. Everyone can help prevent the spread of Covid-19 by wearing a mask the right way.
You know the hygiene guidelines, but you are not following them
Practising good hygiene can sometimes be difficult. The Health Department recommends:
- avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- not touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- staying at home if you are sick.
- covering coughs or sneezes with a tissue.
- cleaning and disinfecting touched objects and surfaces using disinfectant wipes.
- wearing a face mask if you have symptoms of Covid-19 or you take care of someone who is sick.
- washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using a hand sanitiser containing at least 70% alcohol.