Ways to protect yourself from the new COVID variant
News reports say that several variants of the COVID virus are now circulating everywhere. There is no denying the fact that Viruses have a critical habit of evolving quickly in response to human resistance power.
The novel name in the range of SARS-CoV-2 variants is the B117 virus or VUI2020/21. This newly mutated virus was discovered by virologists in the UK. This latest evolution of the virus has frightened numerous healthcare experts across the world. Apart from the B117 virus, there are multiple pre-existing strains that have been classified into four groups- Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and delta.
However, the UK strain is 70% more contagious than the other COVID strains. With this, the risk of getting infected has increased manifold. Now the concerns are whether we are taking sufficient precautions not and how can we protect ourselves from this second COVID wave?
Keeping in mind the mutating abilities of the virus, it is now easier for the virus to enter our bodies. Don’t worry, the public health tools will still be useful. In the meantime, take a look at some of the effective ways to protect yourself from the new COVID-variant.
- Vaccinate Yourself
The COVID vaccines have already hit the markets and COVAXIN is one of them. COVAXIN is the vaccine support of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator. This is a ground-breaking global collaboration to expedite the progress, production, and impartial access to COVID-19 inspections, medications, and vaccines. COVAXIN is co-led by Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), and WHO. Fortunately, the results are showing positive and effective results. So, there is no point in putting this off. Reach out to your nearest health center and take a vaccine today. It will protect your immune system and make your body resilient enough to fight the COVID variant.
- Ensure Proper Ventilation
It is found that the new COVID variant, the B117 virus can spread through airborne transmission. In that case, having proper ventilation at homes and workplaces can reduce the chances of transmission. All you can do is use fans and the latest air filtration systems. Try to keep the doors and windows open as much as possible. Moreover, use good-quality medical face masks and wear them every time you move out.
- More Sanitization
This is more of a reminder to make sure that you sanitize your hands after you touch something. If sanitizers are not available, then wash your hands with soap and water. This is because the new COVID strains transmit from doorknobs and even elevator buttons. Although this is not the main mode of transmission, keeping yourself safe should be your priority.
- Say No to Crowds
As much as possible, try to avoid unimportant gatherings and crowds. This usually happens at supermarkets and grocery stores. In that case, switch to online shopping. It is convenient and one can greatly reduce the infection risks. However, if you still need to be in a crowd, wear masks and sanitize your hands frequently. Also, maintain social distancing in billing queues.
- Test Yourself
Adequate testing facilities are now available everywhere. So, if you have COVID symptoms, then it becomes imperative for you to get tested. Moreover, if your job requires traveling and attending gatherings, then getting tested should not be out of the question. Keep in mind that even if you test negative, you must not ignore face masks and social distancing. If possible, try to reduce your social circle, if it does not include your family members.
Stay Safe and Prevent Risks
With the current pace of the global vaccination process, you don’t have to be afraid of the new virus strains. However, it’s your duty to stay safe everywhere. In that case, make sure that you abide by these tips to reduce the chances of infection.