Feel safe when leaving home Feel safe when leaving home

Following preventative measures carefully can help decrease the feeling of anxiety that comes with leaving your house.

Advisor: Sandra Viviana Muñoz Rodríguez
National Epidemiologist Coomeva Private Healthcare

The number of Covid-19 infections is already decreasing in some regions of the country, and economic recovery is starting. Many people are returning to their jobs and adapting to the new normal. However, for others, the idea of going out causes them to feel anxious, which is known as cabin syndrome.

It is not a typified disease, but it is usually seen in people who have spent a lot of time in isolation, such as oil platforms or submarines. The solution recommended by mental health professionals is to address the fear and create routines that allow you to feel more confident in the process, such as correctly following public health recommendations regarding the use of masks and hand washing.

For epidemiologist Sandra Muñoz, we must be attentive to local administration recommendations regarding the virus, since they make decisions about isolation that respond to each particular context. Even when it is not necessary to stay at home and we need to go out to the supermarket, the bank or a health center, we must not be overconfident – we need to pay attention to all safety protocols. Here is a reminder of the recommendations.

Follow prevention protocol

  • Avoid doing unnecessary errands and taking people with you. If you must go out, try to do everything on the same day so that you are not exposed several times during the week – only once.
  • When you return home, clean the soles of your shoes with alcohol, leave them at the door, wash the clothes you wore, and take a shower to eliminate any traces of the virus that may have been left on your skin. The virus does not pass through the skin, but if it is on you and touches your face, it could be carried into your body.
  • Try to wear clothing that allows as little exposure to the skin as possible, such as pants and long sleeves. Anti-fluid clothing is not necessary, but covering the skin helps reduce exposure.
  • Try to maintain social distancing of two meters at all times.
  • Shields and glasses help protect your eyes and can help you avoid touching your face.
  • Help your immune system. Maintain a good diet. The use of supplements such as vitamin C is not superfluous, although only the correct diet can help you stay healthy. Keep in mind that there is no miracle cure other than following the preventative measures.
  • Avoid visits from family and friends, especially if they are among the at-risk population. Be empathetic so that their autonomy and independence is not affected.

How to use a surgical mask correctly

YES:

  1. Wash your hands before touching the mask.

  2. Check that it is not torn or damaged.

  3. Place the metal piece or rigid edge over the nose.

  4. Cover your mouth, nose, and chin. Adjust it so that there are no openings on the sides.

  5. Take it off from behind your ears or chin. Keep it away from you.

  6. Dispose of it in a closed trash can. Wash your hands.

Important

N95 masks should not be used, as these are for healthcare personnel. Reusable cloth masks can be used, as long as they are properly washed. If you are visiting a health center, it is best to wear a disposable surgical mask that you can throw away.

NO:

  1. Avoid using a torn or wet mask.

  2. Do not wear it only on your nose or mouth

  3. If it is loose, do not use it.

  4. Do not touch the front or take it off to talk to someone else or sneeze.

  5. Avoid reusing it and leaving it within reach of others. Dispose of it properly.

88 % of people are on alert for non-compliance with biosafety standards , According to a study by Profamilia.

You do not need a special soap to wash your hands. Just wash your hands frequently, following the correct steps. Soap breaks the surface layer of the virus and eliminates it.