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A New Normal: What Social Distancing Brought To Us

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The definition of a new normal is being used almost as a way to quell any uncertainty ushered in by the coronavirus.

With no cure in sight, everyone from the media and politicians to family and friends has preserved this rhetoric as people imagine settling into life under a new normal.

Among them is how we will coexist with each other, that closeness, those desires to socialize that have always characterized us as human beings have been affected and will continue to be so.

However, as human beings, we tend to adapt to our environment, instinctively our ultimate goal has always been survival.

But so is living in peace, happiness and enjoying this enigmatic life.

In this new normal, there are some things to take into account before going outside.

 

Basic Recommendations to Avoid Covid-19 When Going Outside

 

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A “new normal” speech sanitizes the idea that our present is fine because normal as usual.

Yes, there may be public health challenges. However, these are concerns that can be handled.

We accept life under the omnipresent threat of disease as common and taking the following steps every day:

1.- Wash your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water. 

2.- Adopt respiratory hygiene measures. When coughing or sneezing, the mouth and nose should be covered with the elbow flexed or with a handkerchief. Throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water.

3.- Maintain the social distance of two meters.

4.- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth. The hands touch many surfaces that may be contaminated with the virus. If you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with contaminated hands, you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself.

5.- Mandatory use of the mask, issued by the Ministry of Health, on “public roads, in open-air spaces, and in any closed space for public use or that is open to the public, provided that it is not possible to maintain an interpersonal safety distance of at least two meters. ”

6.-When you get home take off your used clothes and put them to wash, immediately after it takes a bath.

7.-It is fundamental not to use the shoes inside the house, instead use special slippers for use at home, in this way we prevent putting remains of the
COVID virus 19 that we could get in our shoe soles when we are on the street.

Remember, if you have a fever, cough, and shortness of breath, get medical attention immediately.

 

Habits/Traditions That We Will Lose Because of the COVID-19

 

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What exactly are we accepting with a new normal, with this pandemic times?

People don’t see it as healthy for society en masse to be isolated.

But if these are the current circumstances, then people are supposed to have control over the situation.

Even if we feel despair and loss, it seems like we need to get used to it. But, are we losing old traditions?

Here some that we are not allowed to perform anymore:

 

1.-Goodbye to the traditional handshake.

2.-No more kisses on the cheek as a greeting or farewell.

3.-The hugs between friends are over.

4.-The use of cash will represent a danger.

5.-The cinema will no longer be the safest place.

6.-Neither concerts or festivals.

7.-Attending to church or public events.

 

A New Normal: COVID-19 is Part of a Repeating Cycle

 

 

If you are wondering when the pandemic is going to end, you’re not alone.

As cities begin to reopen, people will likely see future outbreaks and groups of viral transmission, causing the number of COVID-19 cases to rise again.

That’s because the coronavirus is contagious: Every person who gets it infects, on average, about two other people. Some affect many more people.

Well, that is what many people believe. However, there are countries that already successfully reopen, like Germany and New Zeland.

That is why taking perspective seems more necessary than ever.

At least to realize that, although we sometimes forget, our species has been committed since its dawn to coexist with calamity. But also to overcome it.

 

Some Examples of Others Epidemics Through Human History

 

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The following are pandemics for which science and medicine have already found a cure. But which have harassed humans for centuries.

We have managed to overcome all these adversities with much more rudimentary means than we have today.

 

Justinian Plague

It is estimated that, between 541 and 750, the world population lost between 25 and 50 million people, between 13 and 26% of the population in the 6th century.

Normally, this disease is transmitted from rodents to humans, with the black rat or Rattus rattus being the transmission par excellence vehicle.

 

Black plague

It refers to the most devastating plague pandemic in human history that affected Eurasia in the fourteenth century and peaked between 1347 and 1353.

It is difficult to know the number of deaths. But in the twenty-first century the estimations are of 25 million people in Europe alone, about a third of the population, consider themselves very optimistic.

A person could be healthy in the morning and have a high fever in the afternoon to die at night.

 

 Spanish Flu

Between 1918-1920 the most devastating pandemic in human history took place; it killed between 20 and 40 million people in just one year. 

This death toll, which included high infant mortality, is considered one example of mortality crises.

 

Smallpox

Its main characteristics were a high mortality rate for those suffering from the disease, around 50%, with especially high rates in babies and scars throughout the body, and in some cases blindness in those who survived. It killed over 800 million. 

 

Measles

Millions have deaths from measles globally, a disease that continues to have recent outbreaks in human history and during the decade.

 

Polio

At the end of 19-century, Poliomyelitis took place, mainly affecting children under five years of age. 

One in 200 infections produces irreversible paralysis, and 5% to 10% of these cases die from paralysis of the respiratory muscles.

Thousands have died since from this disease that was eradicated just recently

 

The New Normality Around the World 

 

 

Food Delivery 

Rappi testing the four-wheeled robots designed by the KiwiBot company as a new way of bringing food to people who are forced to stay home during the confinement to slow the progress of the coronavirus.

 

Cinemas 

The new cinema reality includes using plastic screens to keep staff and patrons apart and spacing out seating.

This is functioning as the new model of cinema experience in the rest of the world’s movie theaters, as long as this pandemic goes on. 

 

Schools 

Goodbye to the nearness and the good jokes in classrooms, alumni in forced to have wear masks, and their desks are apart.

This will continue as long as this pandemic goes in. 

 

Restaurants

Functioning at 25% of their capacity, some are working just for pickups.

The ones open have extreme measures, the considerate distance between each table, sanitizers, and all the employees wearing masks. 

 

Manifestations 

As we could see in some protest around the world, manifestations function the same but every protester wear mask and the social distancing it’s also applied. 

 

Music concerts 

Like the auto cinemas, the music concerts are becoming a show to watch from your car’s commodity.

This is why people can still listen to some good live music and watch their favorite artists without the risk of getting COVID-19.

 

Church 

Church functions a little different, zoom and live-streams have been the solution for religious people to attend their weekly masses. 

 

Know Your Risk During COVID 19

To finish this article, we share this scale to you from 1 to 10 how much risk it’s involved in our most common activities. 

Consider this valuable information as a solid base to guide your choice of activities during this COVID-19 pandemic. 

And do not be hopeless. There are measures to stop spreading the virus.

A new normal is available at our office too as we keep everything safe taking the recommended measures.

We know now that some 90 different vaccines based on different technologies to face COVID-19 are already being developed worldwide.

This, too, shall pass.

 

 

Dr. Cirenia Aparicio
Dr. Cirenia Aparicio
Dr. Cirenia Aparicio Miranda is our dentist in Tijuana and is hands down the best Mexico dentist. Distinguished by being one of the few members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Aparicio Miranda ́s work is synonymous with excellence and quality. She is a Mexico dentist accredited by the AACD and U.S. licensed dentist. With over 20 years of experience in the field of dentistry, Dr. Aparicio Miranda has changed the lives of thousands through her devotion to Dentistry and tender care.

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