How To Protect Yourself As Pakistan Lifts COVID-19 Restrictions
Pakistan will slowly start to lift all COVID-19 restrictions in the upcoming months. This will allow all businesses to resume their operations as they did before COVID. With the fourth wave coming to an end, Pakistan will be restarting its economy at full capacity, prompting concerns for further surges in the cases of COVID-19. The latest health news is that the federal government has allowed all commercial businesses to operate normally, permitted outdoor dining and wedding ceremonies, and has also reopened schools, colleges, and universities.
According to daily health news, the country is still reporting over three thousand COVID cases every day, but the government ensures that all the COVID-19 safety precautions will be taken at every step and urges people to do the same. Here are some ways you can limit the spread of COVID-19 as the restrictions are being lifted.
Get Yourself Vaccinated As Soon As Possible
People who are fully vaccinated are 90% less likely to contract the virus than unvaccinated people. Pakistan has developed mass vaccination centers for the purpose of getting everyone vaccinated as soon as possible. The vaccines available in Pakistan include Sinopharm, Sinovac, Moderna, Pakvac, and many other, and all the guidelines are available on the NCOC website. The government has recently started to vaccinate 16+ age students. Some of the vaccination centers are offering walk-in vaccines to people with a valid National Identity Card. You can now get your first dose without the long process of registering at the Expo Center in Karachi, UHealth International Hospital in Islamabad, and Indus Hospital Lahore.
Don’t Stop Wearing Your Masks
We can think of wearing masks as a part of our lives now. Just like you would wear your shoes before going out of the house, it is recommended that you wear masks as well. Unvaccinated people should take extra caution and wear masks everywhere, even with their close family and friends. Vaccinated people are also advised to wear masks to prevent the further spread of the virus.
So put on a mask when you are going to a public place, your workplace, or any other crowded place. Wear it properly so that it covers your mouth and your nose completely.
1. Practice Good Hand Hygiene
The main precaution advised for the prevention of contracting coronavirus suggested that people wear masks, maintain social distancing and maintain good hand hygiene. Many health organizations worldwide advised people to avoid touching things unnecessarily in a public place because the virus lives on surfaces. They further advised people to avoid touching their face in a public setting and wash their hands regularly for at least 20 seconds.
Even now, it is essential to practice good hand hygiene as the virus can come in contact with your hands from touching a surface, such as pieces of office equipment, restaurant menu, or even groceries. So wash your hands regularly and if you can’t find a sink nearby, use sanitizer with 60% alcohol or more to get rid of any germs that may cause COVID.
2. Maintain Social Distancing
Vaccinated or unvaccinated, it is still vital to maintain social distancing in a public setting. Many businesses nowadays have stickers and guidelines that help people maintain a safe distance from one another. Even with your close family and friends, avoid hugging or any other sort of physical contact that may cause a transfer of germs. However, if you and people around you are fully vaccinated, you can forgo the social distancing rule if you want. Although, it is still advised that you maintain a little distance for preventive purposes.
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