I sent a route map prepared to describe my trip to the local medical shop during the ‘stay at home’ time to buy some random over the counter medicines to some of the whatsapp groups and received good feedback.
Perhaps it could give some broad guidelines to those going out as to what to do when they are outside and when they get back home. As such I am copying it here. Please read and adopt with required modifications and stay safe.
Here’s a simple route map of my going to a medical store to buy some medicine during the lock down period.
I have had in mind, the various health department and government instructions and whatsapp forwards on precautions during the current virus threat.
I am narrating it here as suggested practice for benefit of others.
As public and private transport were closed, I walked to the medical store. On the way I was careful of minimum contacts with surfaces. I used my finger to press the lift button, but ideally a tissue can be used which is to be disposed off in a bin.
Be careful not to touch the face at any time during the outing.
Medical shop, like hospital, is a place where people with symptoms come.
Try not to touch the counter top and other things in the shop
Careful to maintain a distance from other shoppers
Pay the invoice, collect the medicine and walk back. Careful not to touch face with the hand.
On reaching back, keep the medicine, wallet and phone at a higher place.
Store the footwear separately, not to be touched at least for 12 hours.
Wash hands with soap water for about 20 seconds as specified.
Go to a corner, balcony or terrace and carefully remove shirt and trouser (outer cloth). Keep or hang them for a minimum of 12 hours.
Take the phone and wipe it with a tissue, preferably with sanitizer
Do the same for the eye glass if you are wearing one.
Wash the hands again in soap water
Take a shower using soap liberally
The medicine and wallet may not be touched for at least 12 hours.
And you are ready to carry on normal tasks in a ‘stay at home’ situation.
Always keep in mind to wash hands as early as possible after contact with public places and surfaces used by others.
Remember not to touch mouth, nose or eyes.
Avoid contact with others as far as possible. Keep at least a meter distance if talking with others.
I hope the above is taking abundant caution.
Please suggest practical modifications to ensure better care to be followed by everyone.