Safety In Public Places during Covid-19

Dr. Hemanth Subash Hardikar, Specialist Urologist, Medical Director, Aster Al Raffah Hospital, Muscat

Now that lockdown restrictions are slowly being eased and people are returning to public spaces, certain tips need to be kept in mind while heading outdoors:

  • Always use masks at public places. A 3 ply medical mask or 3 layered cloth mask is ideal, which should be replaced during regular intervals and discarded.
  • Maintain safe distance of 6 feet from others.
  • Use gloves when handling products in a market or mall.
  • Do not touch your face or eyes with gloves, after touching other surfaces or items.
  • Follow cough etiquette. Cough or sneeze on your sleeve or in a tissue and dispose of the tissue immediately in a bin.
  • Ensure that you are in a private space before lowering the mask to eat or drink in a restaurant.
  • Do not share spoons, forks, water glasses etc. Serve only yourself.
  • If attending a buffet or dining with a group ensure you are served by a steward wearing a mask and gloves and maintain distance. Talking or laughing without mask should be avoided.
  • Most importantly watch what you touch.
  • Intermittent hand sanitization practice at public places is advisable.