New Delhi: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has time and again made a clarion call to continue following the COVID-19 precautions including social distancing, hand hygiene and masking. In yet another alert regarding the Omicron variant of COVID-19, said to be dominant across the world, the WHO used patterns of trending word-guessing game called Wordle. Ringing an alarm against letting one’s guard down, WHO said, “COVID-19 disease caused by Omicron can be mild or serious. For some people, symptoms can even lead to death.”
#COVID19 disease caused by Omicron can be mild or serious. For some people, symptoms can even lead to death.
Keep a safe distance and avoid crowds
Wear a well-fitted mask
Keep indoor spaces ventilated
Clean hands often
Cover coughs and sneezes pic.twitter.com/aiNVOGVmDE
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) February 3, 2022
In a social media post, WHO clarified that “Omicron is not the common cold” and shared six key protocols to protect oneself from getting the COVID-19 infection.
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1. Get Vaccinated
Urging people to take the COVID-19 vaccine, WHO said, “Getting vaccinated provides strong protection against serious illness, hospitalisation and death from Omicron. Get vaccinated, as soon as it’s your turn.”
2. Wear A Well-Fitting Mask
“Wearing a well-fitting mask over your mouth and nose is a great way to avoid getting infected with COVID-19. It can also stop you from passing the virus on to someone else”, said WHO.
3. Bring Fresh Air Inside
“Opening windows and doors for good ventilation is one important way you can protect yourself and others from Omicron when spending time indoors.”
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4. Keep A Safe Distance From Others
WHO recommends a social distance of 6-feet to avoid transmission of infection. WHO says, “Keeping a safe distance from other people and avoiding crowds is an easy way to reduce your risk of catching and spreading Omicron.”
5. Clean Hands Often
“Make cleaning your hands often as much of a habit as your daily wordle”, WHO wrote on Twitter.
6. Cover Coughs And Sneezes
The WHO categorically said that ending the pandemic is a choice. We are all tired of this pandemic, but Omicron is wide awake and to put a stop to COVID-19, we need to follow six key measures.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO shared a series of wordle-based protocols and wrote, “It’s not a #Wordle, it’s science. Do all you can to protect yourself from #COVID19.”
It’s not a #Wordle, it’s science. Do all you can to protect yourself from #COVID19. https://t.co/qtz54HZADF
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) February 4, 2022
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As WHO says, “Omicron doesn’t discriminate – we are all at risk of COVID-19.” Therefore, it is crucial for us to stay safe and stay healthy.
Omicron doesn’t discriminate – we are all at risk of #COVID19. Protect yourself, others & your community by:
Keeping a safe distance & avoiding crowds
Wearing a well-fitted mask
Keeping indoor spaces ventilated
Covering coughs & sneezes pic.twitter.com/vMauO4LOW9
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) February 7, 2022
We all have our own individual reasons for wanting to stop COVID-19. As per WHO, protect oneself from Omicron can result in:
– Keep loved ones safe
– Avoid serious illness and death
– Avoid long COVID
– Avoid getting COVID twice
– Help prevent new variants
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