STAYING COVID SAFE IN 22'

 Pedestrians and Busy Movement

For many people, the last two years have been something of a write-off. We spent a lot of time stuck at home in lockdown, unable to see our loved ones or do all the fun things we love to do in our leisure. It has affected people’s work, their social lives, and perhaps most critically - their mental health.

But now, in 2022, things are moving in the right direction. We have multiple vaccines for the coronavirus, the majority of government restrictions have been lifted, and we are able to live our lives in relative normality. But even so, the virus has not gone away. We will be living in its shadow for many years to come, and we have to find ways to live with it. Many people are blas√© about the risks. If you’re young and healthy you have a lower chance of getting seriously ill, and if you’re in a comfortable financial position you don’t have to worry about the implications of taking time off work to isolate yourself if you catch it.

But others are not so fortunate. Perhaps you are vulnerable, or you live with someone who is. Maybe you’re not concerned about the health risks but can’t afford to take a week off work if you come down with symptoms. The best you can do is to be as safe as possible when out and about, and there are many tips you can employ to protect yourself. Here are some tips to stay Covid-safe in 2022.

Wear a mask

If you are worried about catching Covid, one of the best things you can do is to wear a mask when out in public. The number of people wearing face coverings in shops and crowded areas is rapidly declining, but that doesn’t mean you can;t keep yourself safe. Having a small piece of fabric over your face is a small price to pay to look after your health. Keep a few masks in rotation and make sure you always have one in your pocket when you leave the house.

Wash your hands

One of the ways Covid spreads is by lingering on surfaces and being transmitted through touch. Therefore, it’s a good idea to be vigilant about washing your hands. Make sure you never leave the house without a bottle of the best hand sanitiser on your person, and use it before and after touching anything in a high-traffic area like a supermarket or public transport. Wash your hands thoroughly when you get home or into the office, with hot water and soap.

Share your concerns

Your friends and relatives may not be worried about catching or spreading Covid, and this can create tension in your personal life. But they may just not be aware of your feelings on the matter. Share your concerns with your loved ones, and politely request that they can adapt their behaviors to accommodate your worries. This might mean testing before a social event or keeping their distance. People who truly care about you will be happy to compromise.

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