Almost unprecedented in history; the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the entire world, regardless of social status, geographic location, or race. The implementation of new dynamics, such as closing borders, travel restrictions and intensified tests, has reduced the impact in some regions. However, it is not clear when it will return to normal before this health crisis situation 1.
The generation of tools such as: prevention policies, containment measures and social distancing to protect the health of citizens, allows to gradually restore the development of human activities with a new restructuring so as not to lose freedom 2.What is the new normal?
The term refers to the fact that hygiene measures and social distancing prevail even when the quarantine or the government's sense of alarm ends, where, exercising the best sanitary practices gives hope of returning to the life that was previously to the pandemic and regain the strength we will need to survive the incoming economic crisis 3, 4.
Although we miss our previous life, it is very likely that for at least a couple of years, the way in which we interact will continue to evolve, since the return to this new reality has a lot of unknown information that will lead to new disciplines applied to the way that we relate to each other, economic reactivation is inevitable and although there is no way to completely free oneself from the risks that this entails, if there are ways to mitigate the consequences.
The reopening of the economy means that different areas of the cities will begin to fill with crowds little by little, so the precautions taken by each individual are those that together will allow it to continue operating or, failing that, we have to return again to quarantine.General guidelines on economic reopening
The strategies proposed by public health experts to reduce transmission are as follows:
1. Plan and group your activities: Minimize your entries and exits to the maximum. Identify the personal protective equipment you require and plan your activities. Create a routine that involves personal protective equipment and the application of supplies such as a mask, antibacterial gel, disinfecting wipes and thrash bags to dispose of the corresponding items 5, 6.
2. Move in a unidirectional way: Recognize the areas with the lowest and highest risk of exposure to COVID-19. Establish a sequence of your activities according to the risk of exposure, always from low to high and not inversely, as it would contaminate low risk areas 5, 6.
3. Use your personal protective equipment appropriately: Have a practiced order of how to put it on and how to remove it, always in the company of someone to avoid mistakes, otherwise create a checklist. When you reach an area with a high risk of exposure, be careful not to touch your face and personal items. Do not eat or drink when you are in such areas. Dispose of these products appropriately to avoid their reuse 5, 6.
This guide does not replace the existing federal plans, guidance and instructions in each country, rather, this guide should be used for a quicker adaptation to these plans, since with citizen help each country will be able to mitigate the consequences of the pandemic more fast
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