Omicron and the very contagious Ba.5 variant resume galloping. Virologists agree: the “break the lines” (the surviving limitations are few and sometimes not even understandable: yes on high-speed trains, no on airplanes) is helping Omicron 5 to spread at very worrying levels even if the cases of severe complications. So? Caution and masks. Beware of crowded places and remember to wash your hands. Don’t underestimate the classic symptoms (from fever to headache to cough). Behave correctly: if you discover that you have been infected (these days there is a boom in “do-it-yourself” tampons) do not ignore it by going to work or to the “soccer” evening. In short, the advice is the same as always, then reality offers different scenarios: from crowded clubs to concerts where the crowd is just for concert, in spite of any precaution. With the hope that the price to pay for this “free everything” does not become high.
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In other words, we will have to deal with Covid for a long time to come.
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How to avoid contagion
1) Never without a mask indoors
Even if many can’t stand them and they are no longer mandatory, the masks remain very useful: the first advice is to continue to use them indoors. After the vaccine they remain one of the most effective protection systems, especially indoors. Not only is the risk of contracting the infection reduced but, even if you come into contact with the virus, the amount inhaled is reduced.
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2) Mask on the means of transport
Until 30 September it remains mandatory in hospitals and RSAs and on the metro, trains, ships and NCCs. On the other hand, LP is not on airplanes, surrounding by many branded as contradictory.
3) Mask also outdoors in large events
And if the advice is to keep the mask indoors, in reality it should be used even in large outdoor events. It is time for concerts, for gathering ceremonies, here the recommendation is to use the mask even in these situations.
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4) Always clean hands
Furthermore, we must not lose the healthy habit of washing our hands often. The ideal would be to use soap and water or even a cloth soaked in alcohol, but if this is not possible, the sanitizing gel is also fine.
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5) How to choose the premises
Another tip to keep in mind refers to how to choose the places to go to. Bars, discos and restaurants: choose a place that does not assemble too many people, that disinfects the tables and chairs after each change of clientele and that always provides sanitizers.
6) Vaccine boosters are required
Vaccines remain the only way to lower the risk of contagion and must be done. According to the data still many Italians they did not carry out the booster with the third dose and it is instead essential. And even the frail, who are hesitating to be invited to get vaccinated, should take the fourth dose: only 17.2% of those over 80 have done it. And given that in the autumn there is talk of a new surge, the figures are too low.
7) If in doubt, take a swab
Now they are easy to find and the test is the only way to be sure that you have not contracted the virus and therefore do not even put people close to us at risk. Do not be satisfied with the result of a single test both to find the possible positivity and for the negativization.
8) Beware of the mixed use of bottles and glasses
Avoid mixed use of bottles and glasses, especially during sports.
9) Don’t heal yourself
In case of symptoms, always contact the general practitioner: with Covid and its variants, aspirins are not enough and it is not necessary, indeed it is harmful, to try to heal with antibiotics.
10) Hygiene of the house
Continue to wash and disinfect surfaces in contact with more people