With a lot of the country considering reopening or already taking steps in that direction, the pandemic COVID-19 seems to not be of importance any longer in the eyes of those in power. This is prevalent due to the actions taken by individual states that essentially have been uplifting some of the mandates that were placed on them in the past. Many people have been exciting about the economy reopening as they would not just be trapped in their homes with nothing to do and their jobs would hopefully still be there to return to which is definitely important. Gyms, restaurants, and malls opening would have a huge influx of people and cash flowing back into the economy which would stimulate growth and put us, as a nation, back on the trajectory we need to be to get through this slump but the fact remains that this cannot be done without immense risk. The risk of lifting these regulations and going back to daily life is something that puts all of us under a greater likelihood of contracting illness and that is what we will talk about next!
Having a second wave of COVID-19 is not as unlikely as generally thought. There are have numerous states displaying their numbers which shows a hike in positive cases and while we do not really know for certain that these numbers are increasing as a result of greater testing or as a result of people actually becoming sick at a higher rate, one thing is for sure. The certain outcome is that the probability of contracting illness with an open economy is far greater than when compared to the stay at home order that was introduced earlier this year. The second wave of coronavirus may or may not be a different strain compared to earlier this year but with the properties of the virus revolving around its ease of transmission, one would have unfavorable outcomes if they ventured out into the open economy especially if they had underlying health conditions. Now what are some ways to prevent oneself from being a high-risk target for the second wave? Well, there is no surefire way to completely eliminate that risk without just staying at home but there definitely are many, many precautions you can personally take to mitigate the risk of contraction.
To start with, PPE, otherwise known as personal protective equipment, is the hallmark of staying safe during these times. This means that even if there is no mandate in your area to wear masks and use hand sanitizer along with various other sanitary procedures, you should still do them! Just because there are people around you not wearing a mask does mean that you yourself should follow their logic. It is always better to be overprotected than to just be more at risk. If one has pre-existing health conditions, advising a person to minimize their contact with others would likely bring about favorable results. So, in essence, please follow the same guidelines that were set forth earlier this year without being influenced by those around you. Wear that face mask, sanitize those hands, and limit contact where you can. While it is true that one cannot stay home as often as when the mandate was in place, it is also equally untrue that precautions cannot simultaneously take place that better the odds of not contracting the virus. By keeping our outside contact and travel to a “only necessary” personal guideline, we can all do our part to mitigate the risk to ourselves and our loved ones. As always, stay safe and stay healthy!