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Facemasks and gloves have become everyday essentials

Facemasks and gloves have become everyday essentials

Facemasks and gloves have become everyday essentials

Anti-Covid rituals have become a daily habit for most us - even if we sometimes forget to pack a mask going out to the shops.

Apart from flagrant breaches, the spread of the virus has caught up with more of us in recent weeks because we have let down our guard and unwittingly exposed ourselves to infection. A check-list of lapses and weaknesses in our own personal behaviour, which is different for the generations, is what might be needed to get us back on track.

Politeness

How many times have you encountered a friend, or neighbour, out and about who comes a little too close for comfort and fails to observe a two-metre distance? They may look healthy but could be asymptomatic.

You could also be in the same position.

Many of us are just too polite to step back in case we cause hurt feelings, but there is a new etiquette out there now.

Work colleagues not physically distancing:

It's easy to forget the new rules of the workplace and the ongoing need for distancing among colleagues who see each other every day.

Sharing a joke or gossip is not quite the same from behind a face mask.

There are plenty of examples of people standing on the yellow dot, but faced with a group of workmates in a pre-Covid cluster who are queueing at the sandwich counter in front of them.

The workplace, for a range of reasons, has become one of the main centres for outbreaks and even include garda stations.

Wearing a face mask:

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn issued a recent reprimand to people who are wearing their face masks under their nose and around the neck during a cover break.

The covering should cover the nose and go under the chin. The World Health Organisation recommends that people over 60 and those with underlying conditions should wear a medical mask.

Infection in older age groups:

The virus has shown an increase in spread for the over 75s and with so much more infection circulating, older age groups, who have shown great leadership in following advice, need to just remind themselves of where the risks are.

Reducing contacts does not mean no contacts, but if the teenage grandson, sibling, adult son or daughter from another household is visiting revert to physical distancing.

Households and extended families have seen way more outbreaks of Covid-19 than the high-profile settings and the reasons are obvious after get-togethers where pre Covid-style mixing took over.