Stay calm but be mindful

IT was pleasant to read the article by Sandhya Menon titled “Stay Positive: Things will get better” in StarEdu on July 19.

I, too, believe things will change soon for the better in our fight against Covid-19.

However, we cannot let our guard down but must practise patience as things sort out in education and job hunting matters.

Not only are students struggling with the novel pandemic but adults too. So we must try to remain calm, relaxed and not be easily affected by it.

To stay safe, we must abide by the Health Ministry’s standard operating procedures for our own good.

I take note of Japan’s practical “new lifestyle” as a form of new normal to coexist with Covid-19.

We too should try adopting basic and practical ways of living in the Covid-19 era.

Below I list a wide range of norms we can practise:

> Keep a distance of two metres between people.

> Wear a mask.

> Wash hands frequently.

> Play outdoors as much as possible.

> Avoid face-to-face communication and don’t sit directly opposite each other during meals.

> Wash your face and clothes immediately after an outing.

> Get accustomed to online shopping, electronic settlement and using of e-business cards.

> Best for only one family member to be in charge of grocery shopping. Go during non-peak hours.

> Try not to touch commodity samples.

> Don’t talk while riding on public transportation.

> Embrace video conferencing for meetings.

> Open windows for ventilation if physical meetings are conducted.

> Work from home or if you must enter the office, commute at off-peak hours.

> Do not go to areas where the virus is endemic.

> Limit the number of business trips made; try not to return to your hometown often.

> If you have symptoms, try to retrace your steps.

> Do not share food, implement an individual portion system when having meals.

> Try not to have too many people gathered during meals.

> Avoid closed spaces, dense crowd flow and intimate contact.

> Self-test body temperature every morning to strengthen health management.

> Don’t stay too long in a confined space.



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