Though things seem to be under control at the moment, the CoVid-19 pandemic did give us quite the scare when the second wave hit India in April. The unimaginable loss it brought with it, and its unpredictable nature to flare out of control, left us with no option but to be prepared at all times to deal with it. A universal saying ‘Prevention is better than cure’, holds true especially when it comes to the pandemic. Experts have repeatedly mentioned that there are increased chances of a third wave which basically means medical facilities will be overburdened and people will have to look out for themselves to some extent. It is wise to take the following precautions to prevent the spread of CoVid in the first place:
- Get the Covid-19 vaccine; Indian authorities have made this accessible through various channels
- unless it is unavoidable to step out, stay at home
- Ensure that you wear an N95 mask or a double mask if you do step out
- Maintain a distance of 6 feet from anyone
- When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow
- Avoid any group gatherings, especially fairs and markets during the festive season
- use a sanitizer or wash your hands for 20 seconds multiple times a day
- Refrain from touching your face
- Disinfect surfaces that are regularly used or touched
While these are the steps you can take to prevent the spread of CoVid-19, you should also stock up on certain essential items to combat Covid-19.
N95 mask or a surgical face mask
During the second wave, the strain was extremely infectious and one was advised to double mask or wear an N95 mask. A good stock of masks should be present at all times. The first thing you should buy in the list of covid essentials is the N-95 mask online or have it delivered to your home from Healthskool Pharmacy. Masks avert droplets from being inhaled and exhaled when one sneezes or coughs.
Make sure to stock up on hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol content as those are effective against germs. One may not have access to wash their hands everywhere, so it is best to always carry a pocket size sanitizer. Germs spread easily through contact so shaking hands and hugs should be avoided. Keep the hand sanitizer accessible and at places that are frequented, such as the entrance, the car etc.
Covid-19 rapid Antigen Test
One of the key factors that ensures a successful treatment, is the early detection of the CoVid -19 virus. Try and get your hands on a few rapid antigen test kits as these are an easy and quick way to determine the Covid status. One may exhibit symptoms in the middle of the night or it may take a while to book the RT-PCR test; the rapid antigen test is very convenient in such situations as it is a great way to detect the antigen in your body
The Coronavirus brings down oxygen levels as it adversely impacts the lungs. It is very necessary to monitor oxygen levels if symptoms start to appear regardless of whether you have tested positive. A pulse oximeter is a handy equipment to track your 02 levels and pulse and take fast action if the levels start dipping.
Similar to a face mask, the face shield prevents you from being exposed to foreign bodies. It is a transparent shield that resembles a helmet and offers protection to the face and mask from any direct sprays or bodily fluids. If you are traveling via public transport or taking a flight, a face shield is advised.
If you are a healthcare worker, in contact with a covid patient or have any comorbidities it becomes even more critical for you to have these above mentioned items.
The anxiety and fear caused by CoVid-19 is unexplainable. It is wise to be prepared and purchase some of the essentials such as pulse oximeter, thermometer, face mask, hand sanitizer, N95 Mask online or offline. Healthskool Pharmacy has a stock of all these items and even offers home delivery if required. When it comes to Covid-19 Vaccine; Indian government and authorities are taking all the steps to make the vaccine easily accessible. We must use that opportunity to get vaccinated and play our part in the fight against CoVid.