Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, 'social distancing', 'quarantine' and 'self-isolation' were terms added to the glossary of words we use in our everyday life. Considering the escalating number of COVID-19 cases, the practice of these very words has become essential. Needless to say, the pandemic has not only disrupted our physical but our mental well being too.
That said, with the onset of the new COVID strains, it has become more important to stay on guard and protect ourselves and our loved ones from the same. While vaccines are on a rollout, it is within our own hands to contain the spread of the virus. Besides maintaining social distancing, we must also steer clear of high risk areas that can facilitate the faster spread of COVID-19. Here are some of the highest risk places for novel coronavirus.Family gatherings and house parties
While you may think you're safe around your family and friends, there's no guarantee that you may not catch COVID-19 from them. Considering SARs-COV-2 infections does not discriminate between any two or more people, it is likely that you may contract the virus at a family gathering or a house party hosted by your friend. Therefore, you must try to avoid such gatherings and must learn to say 'no' if the party won't follow the social distancing norms. After all, you can be carrying the virus yourself and may pass it on to the most vulnerable.
One of the most contagious and high risk areas for COVID-19 are crowded places. Concerts, late night parties, award functions and many more events facilitate a faster spread of COVID-19 infections. Given that some people can be asymptomatic and may show mild to no symptoms, you may face difficulty in detecting the infection and preventing yourself from contracting the same. That said, it is only sensible to avoid such public events.
Cafes, bars and indoor restaurants
The lockdowns may have disrupted your peace of mind and cafes, restaurants and bars may seem like a possible recluse, but considering COVID-19 cases are still on the rise, you must avoid visiting such places. While social distancing is not a rule anymore, these places may be some of the hotspots for COVID-19.Shopping malls
Even amidst the pandemic, the need to shop and buy essential items continue to remain. However, shopping malls can be extremely dangerous, considering a large number of people visit the space during holiday and festive seasons. Knowingly or unknowingly, we might tough contaminated surfaces and continue to infect other frequently touched areas. This is why, wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces are a must.
While movie theatres have reopened in the country, it is only natural for people to visit it. But one must be cautious as it can also be a place where you can contract the virus. Remember, just because certain public areas have been opened, doesn't mean it is safe to visit it.
Public transportation is like a lifeline that is of utmost importance and enables people to travel from one place to another. However, while it's available and cheap, many people are exposed to prolonged risk of catching COVID infections. That said, frequent washing of hands and sanitisation is significant to flatten the curve.
(Times of India)