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Monday, January 24, 2022

Still Staying Safe

This 2022, we are going on our third year in this global pandemic. So much has changed, but so much has stayed the same. We now have vaccines, and there is now more positive news about medication that can be given to treat those who are infected. However, there are new variants that keep popping up when we least expect them to. It feels like whenever things are slowly starting to go back to normal/pre-pandemic levels, something happens that makes us all go back to taking extra precautions and adding new protocols to keep everyone safe. One step forward, two steps back. It can be very frustrating and annoying. It’s so hard to make plans when things change like this. 


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The thing that baffles me is how despite all the news about how serious this virus is, there are still so many people who take this all for granted, especially now that many have been vaccinated. I feel like there are a lot of people who still do not understand that the vaccine does not prevent you from getting the virus. It only prevents you from getting a serious version of the disease. It helps you to avoid hospitalization and death. You can still get it and you can still spread it around to other people. You can still infect someone who is unvaccinated and it could cost them their health or their life. 

I can’t believe the number of people who are going about their lives like there is no pandemic, especially this past holiday season. I went to the mall on an errand and was surprised to see so many people with young children, many of whom were too small to be wearing masks and definitely too young to be able to receive the vaccine. How could these parents risk their children’s lives like that to go shopping? 

There are also a lot of people who are already going out and having get-togethers after being apart for the past two years because of the pandemic. I don’t have anything against that. If you are being careful, if you are vaccinated and you do not have anyone in the family who is unvaccinated or at risk then good for you. Personally, I have decided to still be careful and still stay safe since one nephew and one niece are still unvaccinated. 

What are the things that you do to stay safe during this pandemic? I know a lot of people already have pandemic fatigue and are sick (pardon the pun) and tired of taking the necessary precautions. I know I am. But that doesn’t mean I stop doing them. 

Here are some of the things that I still do these days to stay safe. I don’t know if anyone else still does this but if it can help you have an idea of what you can do for yourself as an added precaution, I hope that these ideas can help!


Use UV Light for Disinfection + Air Purifier Use

Whenever I’ve been out, I place everything I wore and used outdoors in a room with a UV light lamp to disinfect everything as a precaution since germs tend to stay on surfaces for a while. I also use an air purifier indoors to make sure that the air inside our home is also properly ventilated and is safe for everyone.


Constant use of Alcohol/Wash Hands Regularly

This is a given. I use alcohol a lot whenever I’m out and I wash my hands as often as I can. You can never be too careful since our hands touch so many surfaces and we often touch our faces too so it’s better to be safe than sorry.


Wearing a Face Mask

I’m glad we no longer need face shields (although they seem to be making a comeback), but face masks are still an important form of defense from the virus as it covers your nose and mouth. 


No Handshakes

Again, since we use our hands often to touch various surfaces and we often touch our faces, handshakes are still avoided. I’ve become peak Asian these days because I tend to bow to people instead of shaking their hands or doing a fist bump (which to me feels just as bad as a handshake). 


Showering/Changing Clothes After Going Out

Whenever I’ve been out I go take a shower as soon as I get home to wash away any germs I got outside. It’s a given I’d change my clothes (that then get zapped with UV light) to make sure I removed any germs or viruses that I may have gotten on them. 


Steam Inhalation 

I know that most medical professionals say that they do not think that steam inhalation is effective in preventing COVID 19 infection but me and my family do this anyway. I do it mostly when I’ve been out and it has not only been good for my skin (a bonus), but I really do feel that it helps clear up my nose and with my breathing. I think that whether it is effective for COVID or not I may never know for sure but it wouldn’t hurt to do it anyway.


Staying Home Unless Absolutely Necessary

This is still the most crucial thing for me. I only go out for work or for any home errands that we cannot do online. I try to avoid face-to-face meetings as much as possible and do most of everything via online services. I think this is the best way to avoid catching the virus for me: to stay within my immediate circle of family as much as I can. It’s what’s best for me and for my family for now. 


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