The COVID-19 is a pandemic crisis that has prompted worldwide lockdowns, quarantines, event cancellations, and dismal warnings. One after another the death rate across the countries is skyrocketing. Therefore, steps are taken to wipe out large public gatherings like sporting events, concerts, and tours from the calendar with hardly any sign of when things will get normal.
Health officials applaud the public for support in a situation where they are scrambling to contain COVID-19 spread. It is best for everyone involved in canceling such public events.
According to the CDC recommendation, everyone has to maintain a 6-foot distance but in public places, this is hard to maintain, so wear a layered mask. It helps to slow the virus spread from people with [unaware about their signs] or without symptoms.
Why events got canceled?
Events attract large numbers of fans and public at the venue. For example, a baseball or a football stadium holds 30,000 to 40,000 fans. With the new COVID-19 outbreak gathering a crowd as small as 10 people are bad because a single infected person has the potential to infect several people. Directly with the gunk that falls from their mouth on other people and indirectly via droplets that fall on high touch surfaces. Imagine how rapidly COVID-19 can explode in a large crowd.
Gathering a small crowd attending a meeting allows for a risk-reducing strategy like proper physical distancing, wearing masks and screening helps to mitigate the risk to some extent but with large crowd mitigating risk is impossible. Even with a risk-reduction strategy, there is hardly any guarantee that it is an ironclad line of attack.
How bad can the situation get?
SARS-CoV-2 is a novel coronavirus that spreads extremely fast. Transmission is possible from people who are unaware that they are virus-infected. Currently, there is no cure or vaccine available for COVID-19! A prominent researcher predicted that the spread of coronavirus globally can be up to 96 million public along with a death toll of 500,000 in worst conditions. The numbers are scary by everyone can play a role in mitigating the risk with some best practices.
- Get to know the coronavirus symptoms – shortness of breath, fever, and cough.
- Any person, who detects the symptoms need to get tested and quarantined to contain the transmission risk.
- Those who are not sick need to follow proper hygiene routine like washing hands properly for 20 sec with soap and if not possible use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your mouth, eyes, and nose because the virus spreads via attaching themselves to the respiratory droplets, which gets expelled through sneeze or cough. The virus does not transmit or survive outside the body but when it comes in contact with your mucous membrane it activates. Therefore, never touch your nose, mouth, or eyes without washing hands.
- Wear cloth face masks and practice social distancing.
- Only leave home if there is a need, otherwise, stay home and be safe.
- Get your annual flu shots.
- Whenever you sneeze or cough covers your mouth with a tissue. Make sure to dispose of the tissue properly in the trash.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items with wipes or cleaning sprays.
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