There’s no doubt that we’re living in unprecedented times owing to COVID-19 which has brought the world to a standstill. While lockdowns were imposed by most countries globally, in order to keep the economy going and society functioning, relaxations in norms are slowly being introduced the world over. People are now gearing up to step out of their houses once again as businesses and offices reopen, which is the case in India as well.Through ‘Mission Begin Again’, most of the country is open and we’re slowly getting back on our feet as a nation.

However, while the world acclimatises to the new normal, the truth is, there is no definitive answer as to when life as we knew it, will resume. What’s important is to stay safe, and here’s what you should know as you ease into life post lockdown.

Wearing a mask is key
We just can’t emphasis this enough; wearing a mask is one of the most effective barriers to limit the transmission of COVID-19.By wearing a mask you ensure that you protect yourself as well as others from the virus. Ensure that you wear one each time you go out, without fail.

Be particular about personal hygiene
Washing hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with soap and water to keep the virus at bay is of utmost importance. If you’re unable to wash with water for any reason, make sure that you use a hand sanitiser with minimum 60 percent alcohol to clean your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth frequently, and wash up each time you do.

Maintain domestic hygiene
If you’ve gone out for even a short while, don’t forget to take a shower as soon as you get home. Sanitise your mobile phone, keys, wallet and any other personal effects that you would’ve carried with you. Wash any fresh produce thoroughly before consumption. It’s crucial to maintain impeccable domestic hygiene in order to combat the coronavirus.

Change your social habits
Don’t shake hands or hug anyone for now!The traditional Indian practice of a namaste should be your go-to when you greet anyone. Maintain a distance of 6 feet between you and the other person to ensure not only you stay safe, but they do, too.

Consider going digital
Now that offices are reopening, consider going paperless wherever possible at work, to minimise coming in contact with paper that others may have handled. The same applies to stationery as well. Carry your own pen and any other stationery you may require instead of sharing the same. Scan and digitise documents if feasible as well.

Looking ahead with confidence
It’s time to leave the fear of coronavirus behind, and instead, start to adapt to a new lifestyle as best we can. Arm yourself with confidence as you step out, and take every precaution to ensure your safety and of those around you.

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