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COVID-19 Outbreak: Experts Suggest Five Ways To Minimise Transmission Indoors

While the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the country has been easing restrictions gradually and indoor public places like banks, offices, restaurants, gyms, supermarkets, malls and other such places are opening up in increasing numbers. Even though, those who are operating the indoor public spaces need to take proper measures to ensure the safety of the visitors, the people also need to remain cautious and follow precautions. Dr. Harshad Limaye, Senior Consultant- Internal Medicine at Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital, Mumbai and Dr. Supriya Bali, Director, Internal Medicine, Max Multi Speciality Centre, Panchsheel Park, Delhi suggest five ways in which people can minimise the potential exposure to coronavirus in indoor settings.

Avoid Crowded Indoor Public Spaces

According to Dr. Bali, it is advisable to avoid visiting crowded places as much as possible. She said that in closed settings, the larger number of people would mean more interaction with others and higher chances of COVID-19 transmission. This is because it can cause transmission of the virus through the airborne route as well as physical contact, she said.

Leave Immediately If Indoor Air Quality Is Poor

Experts say that good ventilation is extremely important to avoid infections. They suggest moving out of a room as soon as possible if the air inside it feels stale. Dr. Limay emphasises on improving the indoor air quality by keeping windows open and ensuring enough circulation of fresh air.

Avoid Air Conditioners

According to Dr. Limaye, Air Conditioners generate air current which allows the virus to travel further with even greater force in a particular direction. Therefore, he suggests avoiding the use of air conditioners in public spaces.

Maintain Physical Distance And Leave Soon

Dr. Bali recommends maintaining a space of at least six feet from other people when in public-outdoors or indoors. She further said that indoor spaces are riskier than outdoor spaces because it might be harder to keep people apart due to the limited space. Therefore, she suggests reducing the time spent indoors.

Wear Masks And Keep Hands Clean

Both experts strongly recommend wearing masks consistently and correctly and maintaining good hand hygiene. They say that wearing a mask properly by covering the nose and mouth area and washing hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, will provide a strong defence against COVID-19.