By now it is a cliché to say life after lockdown lifts will require a "new normal," but as Americans return to work, schools and even public events, experts say we must still be vigilant to prevent a recurrence of the coronavirus and to be prepared if it returns.
According to Medical Daily, and other sources, here are things we must continue to do:
- Keep those masks. As businesses reopen, the new rules might involve wearing mandatory masks on the premises.
- Wash your hands. It is still the single most important thing you can do, according to Medical Daily. Proper handwashing is the key to reducing our exposure to pathogens.
- Keep your social circle small. As tempting as it is to meet with friends, observe the 6-foot social distancing rule and limit your gatherings to family outings.
- Listen to your body. If you have any cold or flu symptoms, stay home and seek medical help if you feel worse. Eat nutritious foods, exercise and get sufficient sleep. Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of From Fatigued to Fantastic, told Newsmax he recommends taking supplements, especially vitamins C and D, along with zinc to ward off future flu infections.
- Do not return to the gym without a plan. According to CNET, gyms are enclosed areas where people breathe the same recirculated air for long periods of time. This makes gyms and workout studios especially high risk. Assess your personal risk and risk to others before you jump on the treadmill.
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