Remain Cautiously Optimistic But Also Realistic as SA Lifts Restrictions

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Private Security Company Vision Tactical has advised South Africans to remain cautiously optimistic about regaining their freedom to move, but to also remain realistic as no one knows what the future holds.

As South Africa moves from Level 3 to Level 2 of the national lockdown from midnight tonight, Vision Tactical Director Yaseen Theba has urged South Africans to remain cautiously optimistic but to also remain realistic moving forward.

A phased approach to lifting lockdown restrictions has already begun in the country and around the world, but that doesn’t mean the deadly coronavirus has gone away.

In South Africa, over 11,800 people have already died from the COVID-19 disease, and the numbers are growing.

As we count down the hours until Level 2 kicks in, Theba has urged citizens to remember that even as some restrictions loosen, that there’s still much we don’t know about the long-term behaviour of this particular coronavirus strain.

“The worst that can happen is that we make a misstep and let our emotions get ahead of the facts, and we have to go through this again,” said Theba.

Theba adds that in countries and cities that are beginning to reopen, the warning is clear.

“If cases surge again, the lockdowns will return. Reopening society may be a little different everywhere, but here are some common-sense codes to keep in mind.”

Vision Tactical outlines a few guidelines to keep in mind as the country

Don’t Toss Out Those Face Masks

As shopping malls and non-essential businesses begin to open, look for more coronavirus-slowing policies to go into effect, not fewer. That means social distancing, and both employees and customers wearing face masks or other face coverings. There may be a lot of other rules, too, depending on where you live and what you’re doing.

Don’t Throw A Party Or Go Out Unnecessarily  

Social distancing measures exist for a reason, and that’s to slow the spread of viral transmission from people who come into close contact. Hosting a party at home or crowding into a bar when they reopen will jam people together in a room, giving any lingering coronavirus on an asymptomatic host the prime opportunity to infect others, who then could pass it along.

Even if pubs and bars reopen in your area, as they are doing in some SA cities and places around the world, they’ll likely do so with limited hours (e.g. closing at 10 p.m.), social distancing and limited capacity. It’s up to you to be judicious about protecting your health.

Don’t Stop Washing Your Hands

Of course you’ll continue to practice common hygiene, but remember that relaxed restrictions won’t necessarily mean that the coronavirus outbreak is over, even after a vaccine eventually arrives. There may be economic reasons for schools and businesses to reopen, while the virus continues to spread, albeit at slower rates than today.

Remember that the goal of stay at home orders and thorough handwashing is to keep hospitals from being overwhelmed with patients in critical condition and minimize your risk for acquiring life-threatening symptoms.

Hopefully, the good hand-washing habits you’ve acquired during this time will stick around, including longer, more thorough washing with hand soap, and more frequently after coming into contact with people and common surfaces.

Don’t Immediately Visit High-Risk People

There’s nothing we’d rather do when quarantine ends than rush out and give the senior citizens and immunocompromised friends in our lives a big, warm hug. But that might not be the best move for them.

For people who are in high-risk groups, keeping a healthy distance may still be the best way to keep them safe. That’s something you and your family will need to carefully evaluate.

Don’t Plan A Holiday Just Yet

We’ve already started a mental list of every place in the world we want to visit once restrictions lift. And we’ve already revised it to swap in local gems, like a hiking trail.

Intermingling is nearly impossible to avoid in airports and airplanes (though not because of the ventilation system, according to the WHO), which is one major reason flights have been cancelled and international travel effectively banned in many countries.

The international movement of people contributed to the coronavirus reaching pandemic proportions so quickly, through person-to-person transmission like coughing and sneezing. If a recurrence were to happen, the last thing you want is the stress of finding yourself quarantined in an unfamiliar country, without a clear or quick way home.

Don’t Get Too Comfortable

Not to be the bearer of bad news, but as a global society, we can’t say for certain what will happen next, if a sudden surge in new coronavirus cases will make it necessary to reinstitute quarantine measures, as has happened in other countries around the world.

The smart thing to do is remain cautiously optimistic about regaining your freedom to move, but remain realistic that we don’t know what the future holds.

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