Coronavirus (COVID-19), a pandemic growing sharply at an accelerated pace has been hurting the economy by calling off on traveling and tourism, workplaces, shopping malls, theatres, and other major happening places.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the usual density of the crowds in public places across the world cannot be witnessed with each passing day.
As the world is witnessing the spread of COVID-19, the public places which used be crowded don’t have many people gatherings now. Most of the people are either isolating themselves or entire cities have under lockdown to stop its spread. Places like the mosque of Mecca, St. Peter’s Square in Rome, Taj Mahal in India and many other places are nearly crowd-free. This is happening not only with tourist places but with entire factories, workplaces, restaurants, schools and other public places to ensure that the virus doesn’t spread to more people. It seems as if these places are getting their share of “break”. Moreover, environmentalists and activists are calling this occurrence as “Earth is taking a break.”
It seems that the situation of the world is worse now because of the large number of infected people in most of the countries and a high economic slowdown. Till now, China and Italy have the most number of deaths. Confirmed deaths in Italy have reached 4,000+ which has surpassed China.
To contain the spread of the virus, many places have been under lockdown. Wuhan – the city in China where the virus originated was first to be locked down which was followed by the total lockdown of Italy. Soon, various cities in France, the UK and all over Europe all followed it. The USA, Los Angeles, and New York are also under lockdown, people are staying at their homes to prevent infection. At the statistics go, as far as 80 Million people all over the world are in lockdown.
There are also some self-imposed restrictions that people are following like refraining from shaking hands. Most people are taking ‘Work From Home’ from their jobs, some are enjoying web series, surfing social media channels, playing indoor games, some are just trying out their hobbies to pass this time at their homes.
Self-quarantine – when you’re fine but separate yourself from others because there is a chance you’ve been exposed to a disease.
Self-isolation – when you may have some symptoms & do not want to make other people affected.
People are trying to keep them away from others. They are refraining to attend social activities like meetings, sports events, and other such activities. They should go out when necessary. Washing hands with cleaning agents having 60% alcohol, wearing masks in public places and then changing them regularly are some of the ways to prevent the fatal infection.
- Limit in-person meetings at home/workplace
- Cut down on large gatherings
- Do not visit market/crowded areas
- Limit interactions
- Consider distance learning or e-learning
- Stagger work schedules
- Reduce workplace meetings/social contacts
- Say no to lunch/dinner meet-ups
- Avoid after-work hangouts
- Say no to any trip
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At present, there is no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus infection (COVID-19). Therefore, it is mandatory to follow these Dos & Don’ts and protect yourself & help prevent spreading the virus to others.
- Wash hands for min.20 seconds with a bar of soap or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover nose & mouth with a tissue paper, handkerchief, or flexed elbow, if you cough or sneeze.
- Stay home, self-isolate from others if you’re unwell or have any symptoms.
- Touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean
- Go out or roam in public/crowded/market areas
- Come in contact with people who are sick, maintain 1mtr. or 3 ft. distance.
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