Although things are generally much better than they were this time last year, it is still important to take care of yourself and to follow the official guidelines
The only recommendations that have remained consistent throughout the pandemic are those related to one’s healthcare. While the need to still reinforce the importance of masks at this stage is frustrating, it is, unfortunately, still necessary. So, be sure to reinforce safety precautions among family and friends to avoid any problems in the future.
As mentioned, masks are still required. The most protective ones are the N95 and PFF2 models. If you are unable to source them in your region, a common surgical mask or cloth mask will provide sufficient protection from the virus.
Don’t forget to wash your hands as soon as you arrive home, and it is always a good idea to wipe the soles of your shoes with cleaning alcohol. In public places, avoid touching too many surfaces and being in large crowds. Be sure to adhere to the recommendations issued by the local authorities, such as staying at home during quarantine periods and, even when such restrictions are lifted, avoid going out unnecessarily.
Given the nature of the virus, the most important thing is to ensure that the elderly stay at home. At this point, they are likely hesitant about the idea of going out to meet friends again, or even leaving the house, but ideally, being the most vulnerable, they shouldn’t venture out until the whole family is vaccinated. Think of new things to keep them distracted, like card games, board games, movies, series, etc.
It is also important to teach children the necessary hygiene habits from an early age, so that they essentially grow up knowing how to take care of themselves better. If not too young, they can already learn how to put on a facemask—and be sure to keep an eye on their well-being, both physical and mental, as this is a difficult period for them too.
In addition, balanced nutrition, ample hydration, and exercising the body and mind are top tips for people of all ages.