Oguz Kaan Kısa · April 22, 2021
With the new coronavirus epidemic, many of our habits have changed all over the world. First, we changed the way we greet and show love, such as “handshaking, kissing and hugging”. Then, our frequency of hand washing increased, and innovations such as the use of disinfectants and masks entered our lives.
Following the first statements about the high rate of transmission of the epidemic, one of the precautions we took in our daily lives was to reduce our greetings to "minimum contact" level with our friends. When they met, there were those who touched each other with their arms at their elbows as well as greeted by hitting their feet. Soon, however, all these new greeting efforts were replaced by a nod and a sincere smile. This method of greeting is an important obstacle to the virus infecting more people.
As a society, it is a fact that we are sensitive to the habit of washing hands, especially after the toilet, before and after eating. This habit has been an important gain against any risk of infection. But with the new coronavirus epidemic, we have become more frequent washing our hands. In addition, our washing time has also increased. We now wash for at least 20 seconds. When we come home from the street, we question more whether we wash our hands after using common devices such as phones, computer keyboards at work or before eating something, we wash them carefully for at least 20 seconds, not quickly.
When there is visible or invisible contamination, hand sanitizer is used to prevent disease-causing microorganisms from infecting our own body or other people, surfaces. They are the most commonly and safest used alcohol-based hand disinfectants.
While cologne with an alcohol level of more than 80 is in great demand, the number of people who offer cologne or disinfectant they take out of their bags, especially in public transport vehicles, has increased.
It was stated that healthy people do not need to use masks when the epidemic has just started. However, due to the spread of the epidemic to very large masses, it is recommended that everyone on the streets should use a mask to protect themselves and their environment. When the same mask is used for a long time, it becomes moist and viruses cling to this moist area, causing more infection risk. For this reason, it is necessary to change masks frequently. In addition, when removing the masks, there is a risk of the virus infecting the hands, so hands should be washed immediately. The use of gloves is also a behavior we see due to the epidemic. However, this new habit can cause the virus to infect more people, let alone prevent the spread of the virus. The person who feels safe when wearing gloves touches more surfaces. He can put his hands on his mouth, nose and eyes more. This increases the risk.
Recent studies show that someone who is a carrier of coronavirus infects the virus to an average of 3.3 people. Although the health status of the person and the length of the contact with the virus are effective in contagiousness, distance is the main measure that can be taken. With this epidemic, the concept of "social distancing" has settled in our language. However, he reminds us that when we go out for work or for our needs, we need to keep at least 1.5 meter distance between us and everyone.
One of the first things that comes to mind when it comes to cleaning is frequent bathing. As the number of people who say that the number of daily bathing has increased from one to three since the spread of virus news, experts draw attention to the negativities of overdoing in this regard. Because if the protective barrier of the skin is not damaged, it can cause us to become more vulnerable to viruses.
Although the number of people working from home has increased as everything has become digital, the first of the measures taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus was the "Stay at home" call. Many workplaces followed this call and started the "home-office" era for their employees. Since this means the reorganization of daily life, it is normal to experience difficulties especially in adaptation at first.