With most cities opening their doors after weeks of lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, is it safe to join the exodus? Short of calling for chiropractic treatment, you’ve been itching to go out and jog, walk, or simply move more vigorously to relieve yourself of that back pain you’ve been feeling since you started doing nothing. That’s understandable.
But the virus is still out there. While emerging from your home quarantine will benefit you physically, mentally, psychologically, and financially, you need to do it safely and responsibly. Here are things to keep in mind when going out into the world for the first time after the lockdown:
Choose open areas
Parks, ovals, golf courses, and beaches will be enticing after the lockdown. Chances are you won’t run into a large assembly in a confined space. But if you do, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reminds everyone to keep a safe distance of at least six feet from another visitor, jogger, or stroller. Hold on to your dog’s leash so that he doesn’t run off to another dog and force you to approach the other dog’s owner.
Visit places near your home and during the day
Don’t act like a caged Siberian husky making its debut run into the wilderness. If you venture too far from your place, you might end up coming home late and driving in the dark. If you plan a picnic or camping, do it in the daytime. You might be putting yourself in unnecessary risks at night. Remember that frontline first responders have their hands full with urgent COVID-related cases. Don’t add to their burden.
Stay with your home companions only
It means that if you were living with your family, group of friends, or roommates during the lockdown, go out with them only. Meeting up with friends and family members who don’t live with you is not encouraged. If one of you (and that includes the other party) is carrying the virus, you could pass it on and cause a new outbreak.
Bring everything you need
If you’re making a quick trip to a nearby tourist spot (don’t pick the popular ones, though), make sure you bring ample toiletries, packed meals, snacks, hand sanitizers, and water. If you’re bringing young children, pack as many diapers as you need until you return. This is to avoid making stops along the way. Gas up enough before you hit the road so that you don’t have to expose yourself in gas stations and convenience stores.
Remember the drill
By now, you’d be an expert in it. You can do it with your eyes closed. What’s the drill? Wash your hands thoroughly, wherever you are. Don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands. If you can’t wash, use a hand sanitizer or disinfectant alcohol. Wear a face mask or shield whenever you’re around people. If possible, wear gloves when touching surfaces and dispose of them or launder immediately after use. Disinfect all surfaces. Keep your distance.
It’s a relief that the government has lifted the lockdown, but it’s no reason to throw caution to the wind. By all means, go out there and be happy. But be alert and wise, as well.