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For the past two years, COVID-19 has changed the way we live our lives, upending it and giving us what many call the ‘new normal.’ It has spread across the world and affected over 400 million people. After more than a couple of years of adjusting to strict guidelines, restrictions, and issues, most countries have had access to vaccines.
There are many countries around that have slowly opened up in order for people to continue to live in this new world. However, just because some countries are opening up once again, doesn’t mean that COVID has disappeared. So, what should you need to know about COVID-19 now?
Check Out Local Restrictions
For over two years, restrictions have played a big part in slowing the reach of COVID-19. By implementing social distancing, masks, promotion of hand sanitizers, and stay-at-home orders, they have played a key hand in protecting the vulnerable members of society.
However, As 2022 continues, countries are opening up and taking steps to ensure that we return to a somewhat normal life. This includes the removal of restrictions put in place because of the slowing of the virus. This means that there is no need for social distancing measures like quarantines and travel bans. However, the removal of restrictions depends on where you live.
Therefore, it’s important for you to monitor local restrictions as they can change. For example, there are some states that still require that you wear a mask in closed spaces. That you get tested if you present symptoms, and in some places that you continue to observe social distancing.
If You Feel Ill, What Should You Do
While we have vaccines to aid us with protection from COVID, it’s still important that we observe precautions for the virus. This is because you can still transmit the virus from person to person. Washing your hands, wearing a mask, and ensuring that you are using hand sanitizer is still important.
Once again, it all depends on where you live, but some states have guidelines that require that you get tested at the closest covid-19 testing center. While the symptoms of the coronavirus can vary from person to person, you can still present them 14 days after exposure to the virus. The most common symptoms are:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
This isn’t a full list, so it is important that you keep an eye out for any symptoms that you may experience, and it is essential that you get in touch with your doctor, and get tested, so you can find out isolate and keep those you love safe as soon as possible.
Look Out for Resources In Your Local Area
Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there about COVID, so it’s essential that you find resources that can not only help to keep you safe but also the correct information that relates to where you live. So it’s essential that you check your local government website, local care provider website, and the CDC website to find out more about changes when dealing with COVID-19.