Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
The deadly impact from the second wave of COVID-19 in early half of 2021 has highlighted the true importance for taking all possible health advisories seriously. The collapsing and over-burdened healthcare systems across major Indian cities has proved to us the grim reality that in the long run, precaution is certainly better than any form of cure.
With over *28 Million people infected from COVID 19 (*by end of May, 2021) partly due to the spread of cases from major cities to smaller towns and villages, there is a growing urgency to increasingly adopt and follow COVID 19 Appropriate Behaviours. There is increasing scientific evidence that proves following these behaviours can significantly slow down the transmission of Coronavirus and reduce its spread.
We all can play a role in protecting the vast populations who are unaffected but are at risk of infection, by simply following COVID-19 appropriate behaviours (CABs). Together we can ensure that these measures are followed by people to lower their risk of further infection.
COVID-19 preventive measures
WaterAid India’s approach towards ensuring people follow these preventive behaviours has been to work directly with communities and individuals that are most vulnerable or at-risk groups – sanitation workers, waste pickers, people engaged in manual scavenging, school children, Anganwadi workers etc.
While getting vaccinated continues to be the proven long-term solution against the virus, it is essential that we reinforce key behaviours in the immediate short-term to stay protected & safe. So, while face masks are critical in reducing the chances of contracting COVID-19 spread, it alone is NOT sufficient for controlling the spread. Please follow these guidelines to ensure YOUR safety and that of others.
COVID Appropriate Behaviour to ensure safety are:
Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water at
Steps to hand-washing explained
Guidelines on use of masks during the COVID-19 pandemic
Use three-layered fabric masks or medical masks at all times outside your home or in work place
Advisory on COVID-19 prevention
COVID appropriate behaviour to follow up while stepping out of home or attending any event