Needless to say, my blogs are overdue. I have not written one in over a year or so. It was not possible to do everything I wished and still get enough rest and generally speaking, take better care of myself during this Pandemic. You know from time to time we feature blogs on health topics so you know how important it is to take good care of yourself.
Ironically enough among my New Year’s resolutions is not only taking better care of myself but also writing more, not only blogs but writing in general. The world has changed over the past year, that is for sure and we are all living in the “New Normal” as it were. Now we all wear facemasks and I thought I would make this blog quite relevant by over-emphasizing the importance of wearing this simple piece of cotton fabric over our nose and mouth.
With the news of the “Delta Variant” on its way to becoming the dominant strain around the world, wearing your mask and even “double masking” is being advised by the health authorities. Following all the advice is very important especially since the fact remains that whether you are fully vaccinated or not mask help you protect yourself along with all the other health protocols. Added to which the Covid 19 virus does not seem to be going anywhere any time soon.
For the past year or so we all have been adjusting to wearing our masks. The simple fact is masks help prevent the spread of the “Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) which is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus” and this is according to the website of the World Health Organization (WHO). “The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow)”.
Some of us have been trying to make the best of the situation by making “lemonade out of lemons”. That is matching our mask to our outfits. I do not think I will ever get accustomed to wearing a mask so I just try to make the best of the situation. In addition to wearing a mask, the health authorities advise washing your hands regularly with soap and water, and when this is not possible you are advised to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. I love doing weekend projects and so I made the Crocheted Hand Sanitizer Bottle Cover you see in the photo on the right. This way I am able to attach the hand sanitizer to my bag and have it readily available.
In addition to wearing our masks and using hand sanitizers, we all have to keep up with the extra cleaning and sanitizing of regularly touched surfaces like doorknobs. Simply put you cannot clean and wipe too much or enough.
These simple measures along with keeping your distance, that is remaining six feet apart from others where possible can help to keep you safe. These are by no means ordinary times and so we must try our best to adjust. I look forward to writing and sharing on important topics like this one and many others.
Be as safe as you can be and I will see you in my next blog.
The World Health Organization (WHO)
For world statistics and facts on the virus please explore the John Hopkins University Tracker website.