Catching-up with friends or family this weekend? Here are few tips to follow

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For representational use [Image: iStock]
For representational use [Image: iStock]

New Delhi : As it’s been so long we have stepped out of our house, as the coronavirus cases across the world continue to increase at an alarming rate. The pandemic is not only damaging our health but it has also cornered us from our normal lives. However, as the lockdown restrictions are slowly being lifted, people are beginning to step out of their houses to meet their friends and family members.

Is it safe yet? Because with no COVID vaccine around, face-to-face interactions with friends and family members still carry the danger of contracting the infection. So, here are few things you must follow while socialising during a pandemic.

Before you step out of your house, it is strongly advisable to measure the pros and cons of the meeting. This is especially important if you or someone in the household belongs to the high-risk category of developing severe illness from COVID-19.

Do not step out without a mask. It is even more important if you are meeting people who do not stay in your household. While keeping a distance of at least six feet is probably your safest bet. Even if none of your friends have any symptoms right now, it does not mean that there is no risk of contracting the illness.

If you are planning to meet your friends, choose a place outdoors instead of a closed ambience or say anu air conditioned space as the wind may help the viral particles to disperse more quickly. Since, being outdoors lowers the risk of contracting the infection, make sure to choose a well-ventilated place to meet your friends.

The risk here lies in touching your friend’s plate or drink and then touching your face afterwards. Avoid sharing your foods and drink and keep your hands to yourself.

Gone are the days of handshake or group hugs. If you are meeting your friends and family members, it is best to go for feet shake. Always carry a hand sanitizer with you and avoid touching anything with bare hands. Taking these measures will help you minimise the risk of catching the virus. Stay home stay safe!