Infectious disease: COVID-19: family life and protection

The pandemic of COVID-19 has defined new norms globally. Almost everything has gone digital, with online platforms catering to multiple facets of life. The infectious disease, tagged with social distancing, has repercussions on our physical, mental, and emotional health. People losing their loved ones in this fight against the infectious disease coupled with the ongoing vaccination requirements and latest research developments and updates, dealing with COVID-19 has overwhelmed many. The pandemic confines have a different meaning for different age cohorts. The children and teenagers are managing school activities online; the adults are also dealing with their life activities across the digital interface. In contrast, the elderly, the most vulnerable cohort to the infection, face social isolation and lack of activity more than ever.These are indeed testing times when the health risk from COVID-19 is far from over with the emergence of new viral strains and the multiple waves they bring along every new season.The challenging quest that seems to overthrow all of us is protecting our loved ones from the ever-increasing health risks of COVID-19 and preserving our families' emotional and functional well-being.Upgrade your energies and modify your life routines according to the health authorities’ recommendations. These include;


Get vaccinated

Vaccination is the key strategy against COVID-19. Discard any myths and hearsay in this regard and get yourself and your loved ones, including all eligible ages. Vaccination is the primary allowance that will make room for some ease of restrictions and enable you to carry on with everyday life activities with vigor.


Protect the high-risk family members

Some people in your family may be vulnerable to COVID-19 more than others. These include the unvaccinated children under the age of 12 and those undergoing the process of vaccination. Those over the age of 65 and with underlying medical ailments or weak immune systems are also included in the high-risk category. If any family member is taking medication or has weak immunity, ensure they take all the precautionary requisites against the viral infection. Getting vaccinated yourself cuts back the disease transmission chain. This helps to protect the unvaccinated and high-risk family members in all likelihood.


Wear a mask

Wearing a mask is still recommended though its application may change for different sub-groups.

Set an example by wearing a mask yourself. Unvaccinated family members should wear a mask in all public indoor and most outdoor settings. This includes children two years and older. Indoor areas marked with significant or high transmission of COVID-19 also require the vaccinated and unvaccinated family members to wear a mask.Family members with a high risk of contracting the infection (those taking medication for certain ailments or with weak immune systems) should take all the necessary precautions recommended for unvaccinated people. They are not fully protected even if vaccinated and need to be vigilant in all circumstances.Wearing a mask becomes all more important in regions affected by the Delta variant. This holds even for vaccinated family members spending time indoors at high transmission public places.

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Go for safer family activities

Health authorities recommend spending time outdoors while going for family activities.Indoor activities should opt only if unavoidable. Select indoor venues that are well-ventilated. Avoid activities in crowded places where social distancing is unmanageable. Maintain social distance with others at all costs when outdoors with your children under two years who cannot wear a mask.Avoid or limit visits to people who are not vaccinated or whose vaccination status is not known. Seek creative opportunities to reduce social isolation for family members at high risk.


Be there for your family

There are more questions than answers in the current COVID-19 situation. This is a particularly true post-vaccination scenario when social activities are being resumed. Reassure your family members, especially children and frail seniors, that they are safe.Reaffirm the commitment regarding COVID preventive safeguards time and again. Let your family members know you are there to lend an ear whenever required. Answer their queries and confusions straightforward. Convey to your family members that though stress may be unavoidable in the wake of the pandemic, coping with it together will make things easy. Include your family members while discussing the management of new routines at school, workplace, child, and adult, or home care.Set an example by setting a routine for work, sleep, exercise, and healthy eating. Take breaks with your family implicating safety at all times.


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