The increasing cases of community-transmitted Covid-19 infection is prompting societies all over the world to adopt lifestyle changes.
The long incubation period of the new virus allowed the disease to spread globally. Many travelers who were still visiting Asian countries a week after the Chinese government announced the outbreak, were exposed to people who had already contracted the disease. The infection was spread by individuals who left the province of Wuhan in China, before and even after the Chinese government ordered the lockdown.
Foreign Travelers and Tourists Brought the Virus Home with Them
Since the effects of Covid-19 take time before symptoms of the contagion are manifested, those who were infected went home, not knowing they became carriers of the disease. They went about their usual routine and came in contact with others, which made Covid-19 mcommunity-transmissions possible.
Avoiding Widespread Transmissions via Social and Business Interactions
As the turn of events have it, the World Health Organization (WHO) as well the Centers for Disease Prevention (CDC), have warned people about having physical contact with anyone, even by a mere handshake. However, the warnings did not come soon enough, or have not been taken seriously.
In the U.S., Donald Trump’s supporters are convinced the coronavirus scare is just a hoax; designed to prevent their beloved president from being re-elected.
As it is, the spread of the novel coronavirus plague is now far-reaching, spreading throughout Asia, Europe, Australia, the Carribean Islands, in Africa, as well as in the U.S. Now governments in all levels are imposing bans, and urging people to change their lifestyle and the way they interact with people.
Many have shut down schools and prohibit the holding of events and gatherings where up to 5,000 attendees are expected to converge.
Actually, people are voluntarily limiting, if not begging off from social activities and travel; whilst refusing to shake hands, hug or kiss good-bye with those whom they need to meet or visit.
Brick-and-mortar business establishments try to make customers feel safe by changing the methods by which orders are placed. Staff and crew are closely being monitored if they are applying and observing sanitation and hygiene protocols. However, inasmuch as families are also into protecting vulnerable members like children and older adults, many are simply buying goods, foods and services from online businesses.
Companies in business offices are now implementing work-at-home procedures. After all, a single office building is host to hundreds or thousands of employees; some of whom have to meet and do business with different people coming from different locations. Moreover, included among the hundreds who report for work or who report for an appointment made their way to their respective destination, using crowded public transport.
Not a few fitness buffs have ordered exercise machines, gears or equipment, leaving many gyms half empty. Movie houses are seeing vacant seats even on weekends, because regular moviegoers are now opting to use the services of online streaming platforms.
Even going to hospitals for medical checkups or consultations can be avoided. There are now healthcare providers and medical professional who can monitor and check on medical conditions by way remote patient monitoring apps and other forms of digital medical equipment.
Indeed, changes in lifestyle are taking place because people are now aware that it will take long before a vaccine against the Covid-19 virus will become available.