Expiring stay-at-home orders urge us to stay safe during our transition back to normal life.
As if the change of declaring a national quarantine isn’t jarring enough, many Americans are finding the thought of easing back out into the wild even more unsettling. We can’t blame them; we’re all wondering how to stay safe with so much sickness surrounding us. Not only that, but all the changes in our regular routine are just beginning to feel normal, so going back sounds nearly impossible.
However, moving back into a post-pandemic world is more than possible; it’s an exciting prospect. As long as we all take the steps to stay safe and slowly ease into normalcy together, moving back into normal life and regular routines will feel like a much less stressful process than it otherwise would.
Here, we’re going to talk about some of the ways you can keep yourself both safe and sane while taking the steps to move forward as COVID-19 lockdowns are lifted across the nation.
1. Disinfect your home regularly.
Although COVID-19 restrictions are lifting, the virus is not going away. Since you spend a lot of time at home, you’ll want to disinfect your space regularly. This means thoroughly scrubbing all surfaces with alcohol wipes, antibacterial and antiviral cleaners, and using sanitizer on counters and tables you eat off of.
Coronavirus also stays on things it comes into contact with for three days. It may feel silly, but make sure you disinfect all mail that comes into the house before touching it. This also goes for grocery essentials and medication you purchase. Wipe all bottles and boxes down with Lysol wipes before handling them.
2. Have the essentials on hand.
In addition to sanitizer and Lysol wipes, it’s important to have essentials on hand when you leave the house. Easing back into normal life means making your normal weekly grocery runs and perhaps picking up fast food once in a while. In a few weeks, you may be able to head to the laundromat or to a largely empty public park.
When you leave your home, make sure you wear a mask and gloves. This will help to prevent infection if you do encounter someone who is carrying the virus.
However, you still don’t want to leave the house if you don’t need to. Continue to practice social distancing for a while. Don’t go to places with many people around. Though it’s tempting to look around at your favorite department stores or head to a potentially crowded beach the second restrictions are lifted, it’s best to save that for later.
3. Keep away from crowds.
Keep away from crowds of people while easing back into normal life. If people begin to congregate, a second wave of COVID-19 is more likely to hit, which will delay the return to normalcy even longer.
As you move back into your regular life, it may be alright to go to a friend’s house for an evening and hang out, just the two of you. However, groups of people shouldn’t get together, even in private. This means it isn’t time for a party or a movie night with a group of friends.
4. Deal with the possibility of sickness.
No matter how careful you are, the reality is you’ll need to deal with the possibility of illness. Just one encounter with the wrong person can land you with a case of coronavirus. Luckily, there are ways you can make coping with this reality easier.
First, it’s important to know the facts behind coronavirus. Yes, it’s important to take precautionary measures because the virus is a serious thing; however, much of what you see on the news and on the web are projections of worst-case scenarios. While being aware of the things doctors say is important, it’s crucial you’re able to discern fact from fiction.
One of the most important facts is that if you’re a healthy person under the age of 60, you’re likely to be fine even if you do catch COVID-19. Just make sure you stay away from loved ones that are immunocompromised or elderly if you suspect you could be a carrier.
5. Regular routines are key.
Taking care of regular routines inside your home is key. Everyone has obviously been thrown off of their normal routines for a while. It may not be time for routines that require you to go out in public yet, but making sure you get back to doing the things you normally do at home is important.
This means getting dressed and brushing your teeth each morning at the time you usually would. It also means exercising regularly and eating at consistent times. You’ll also want a consistent bedtime because this will help you get back on track when you do need to head back into the office.
6. Boost your immune system.
One of the best things you can do to stay safe right now is boost your immune system.
Drinking tea is one of our favorite ways to do this. It’s natural and hydrating, but it also helps to keep you healthy in a lot of different ways. Tea has been proven to relieve stress and reduce muscle tension. It also lowers blood pressure and helps produce cells and tissues that fight against diseases.
You can also boost your immune system by taking vitamin supplements, eating healthy foods, getting enough consistent sleep, and being careful about the surfaces you come in contact with.
7. Keep resting and relaxing.
While easing back into normal life, the most important thing you can do is continue to rest and relax. A pandemic is incredibly stressful on everyone, and moving back into normalcy is just as difficult to cope with.
Drink tea that relaxes your mind and muscles. Take a warm bath. Read a good book. Keep your lungs strong with breathing exercises. We’ll make it through this together.
Stay safe and sane.
There are a lot of things to consider when easing back into regular life after quarantine, but remember to take care of yourself. Health comes first, both physical and mental, when moving forward into a post-pandemic world.
Now that you know some ways to stay safe when easing back into your normal life, please call us for any dental-related questions or emergencies. Remember, we can still schedule routine appointments in advance. We’re here for you, and we miss your beautiful smiles!