Restarting Social Activities – Smart or Stupid?
The people have almost lost all restraint, like the beast is out hungry and the chains have just been unleashed – has everyone forgotten what the last few days were about?
Why Maintain Lockdown?
Person-to-person contact is the main way of transmission of the virus.
- Rising Cases
The cases have been rising in India relentlessly, and even more so since the end of the lockdown.
- Limited Medical Capacity
Not all hospitals can treat COVID-19 patients, and the few who can are finding it more and more difficulty under the rising cases after the lockdown.
- Threat to the Elderly
People with pre-existing morbidities and the elderly will both find it difficult if the general public start to disobey social distancing. The youth may carry on living their normal lives, but people will weakened immune systems may find this change hard.
What’s a Healthy Compromise?
The UK government has recommended that people limit themselves to “support bubbles”. Instead of completely ignoring social distancing, the public may select a few people to limit face-to-face meetings with.
Make sure you exclude people vulnerable from the virus from these groups, but continue to keep in contact with video calls and text messages.
Another good idea is to maintain social distancing within the support bubble.
Home Deliveries Are Safe
A good idea, instead of going out, is to order food or organize some games at home within your family and support bubble.
We must understand that the end of the lockdown is not a reason to get complacent and undo the effort of the entire world in the past few months.
Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ‘COVID-19 Outbreak Associated with Air Conditioning in Restaurant, Guangzhou, China, 2020’, official CDC website (accessed on 16th June, 2020)
- UK Government, ‘Meeting people from outside your household’, official website (accessed on 16th June, 2020)
- National Health Service, ‘Social distancing: what you need to do’, official NHS website (accessed on 16th June, 2020)