Back in the summer, optimists noted that the situation with the coronavirus had stabilized. They even hoped that there would be no second wave. However, the situation worsened in the fall.
Incidence rates began to break records, and many countries had to return to the March and April restrictions. Perhaps it’s time to remember what scientists know about the coronavirus in order to protect themselves with this knowledge.
Quarantine and self-isolation were needed primarily in order to gain time. Medical institutions have had time to better prepare for the reception and treatment of patients. The doctors figured out which methods of treatment are better, which methods are ineffective, and from which means the patient only gets worse.
We must not forget that in different countries they began to work on the creation of an effective vaccine. And although experts say that it will take at least 5-6 years from the beginning of laboratory tests to mass use, the fact that some vaccines are already undergoing clinical trials inspires optimism.
By mid-autumn, according to official figures, more than 40 million people fell ill in the world. The disease has claimed more than a million lives. Therefore, one cannot be frivolous. Even if you are not included in the so-called risk group. After all, both young people and those with strong immunity, and even professional athletes are seriously ill.
A mask is needed so as not to infect others. Moreover, it is necessary, even if the person does not sneeze or cough. This is because to transmit the virus to a patient, it is enough to talk, sing or even just breathe next to other people. And where it is not possible to maintain a distance of at least one and a half meters, masks are necessary.
Even if a person does not feel unwell, this does not mean that he is healthy. The danger of the new virus is that it does not appear immediately. But it can be transmitted to other people both a day and two days before the first symptoms appear.
There are also many people who are asymptomatic and can easily infect others. And due to the inaccuracy of the tests, it cannot even be guaranteed that a negative coronavirus test result makes a person safe for others.
This proves the need to wear a mask to protect others. But do masks help the wearer? Scientists consider such protection to be minimal, because a person has open eyes, for example, through which a virus can also enter the body.
Still, wearing masks, keeping your distance and keeping your hands clean are the main and most affordable ways to contain the spread of infection. Moreover, you should not believe the fakes that the mask can harm the health of the one who wears it. But for the mask to work, it must be handled correctly.
Yes, wearing a medical mask is uncomfortable. It can be difficult to breathe in, it becomes wet over time. Therefore, the temptation is great to move it to the chin or somewhere else, in order to breathe freely a little. However, this treatment of the mask renders it useless.
The mask should fit snugly to the face, cover both mouth and nose. Moreover, it should be put on with clean hands at home, and removed after returning home. Touching the mask with dirty hands in the street, a person exposes himself to danger.
This is due to the fact that in the process of touching the mask, you can easily transfer the virus onto it with dirty fingers from surfaces, store products, a mobile phone or even banknotes (where it can survive for 28 days). And from there, the infection can easily enter the body through the mouth, nose or eyes. To remove the mask, follow the gum, and then wash your hands with soap and water.
Yet many continue to be frivolous about masks, which is very in vain. For example, in the same Hamburg, where everything is not so bad, a mandatory mask regime was introduced and the fine for the absence of a medical mask was increased to 150 euros. Not a bad motivation for citizens to think more about their own safety and the safety of those around them. After all, this is the only way society can save itself with the least loss.